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As president of the student organization African Americans in Health at USC, Nnenna Ezeh helps support other students who are also interested in pursuing health careers. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Diagnosis Success

December 4, 2014

As a small child, Nnenna Ezeh pretended to perform surgery on her dolls. At age 5, she opened up a present on Christmas Day and found a real stethoscope. “This is a tangible expression of your dreams,” her mother…

Junior Azmera Hammouri-Davis is a resident assistant at Webb Tower on USC’s University Park campus. Photos by Susan Bell.

Living Support

November 18, 2014

In her second week as a resident assistant (RA), Azmera Hammouri-Davis received a visit from an anxious freshman stressed about her major. “I don’t know what I’m doing with my life,” the student told…

The Trojan Guardian Scholars program helps Lucero Noyola connect with her true inner power.

In My Opinion: All Grown Up

November 10, 2014

During my adolescence, my dad was never around; my mom was really dedicated to us, working full time at a school cafeteria to provide for our family. Consequently, entering middle school, my siblings and I had a lot of…

Chemistry major Beatriz “Abril” Lopez-Bermudez works in the laboratory of Brent Melot, assistant professor of chemistry (right). Melot’s team is researching ways to produce safer, higher-voltage and more compact batteries. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

Big Boost for the Bench

October 9, 2014

For Beatriz “Abril” Lopez-Bermudez, advancing energy efficiency is a cause near and dear. Growing up in Ayotla, a suburb of Mexico City, her family home and entire neighborhood were often without electricity for…

Ilana (Tess Lina) meets brilliant but awkward student Suresh (Kapil Talwalkar) in <em>Animals Out of Paper</em>. Photo by Michael Lamont/East West Players.

Socially Conscious Actor

October 8, 2014

Any actor still in college would be thrilled to land a leading role in a big-city Equity production, sharing the stage with only two other actors, both of whom have lengthy stage and screen credits. And then to have the Los…

Freshman Newal Osman shows off her scarf collection. Photos by David Sprague.

Islamic Faith Gives Her Heart

August 26, 2014

USC Dornsife freshman Newal Osman wraps a colorful hijab on her head, steps back and considers her reflection in the mirror. She likes what she sees. “Hijab goes beyond the head scarf,” she said. “You become…

Incoming psychology freshman Jessica Wynn (left) gives her younger sister, Jada Combs, who traveled from their home in Washington, D.C., to help her move in, a squeeze. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Never Routine — Class of ’18

August 22, 2014

Smoothing a hand over the comforter and propping up a few pillows, Shermayne Hughes stood back. The bed was made. Her only child was officially moved into her new home at Fluor Tower. “I can’t believe my…

Emmanuel Caudillo's passion for education stems from the challenges he faced as a first-generation college student. Photos courtesy of Emmanuel Caudillo.

Increasing Educational Opportunities

July 22, 2014

Emmanuel Caudillo clearly remembers the challenges he faced applying to college as a first-generation college student. Some of the forms he found daunting, particularly the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA),…

Diversity Visionary Award-winner George Sanchez is a first-generation college student himself, whose parents emigrated from Mexico. Photo by Alexandra Bissonnette.

Sanchez’s Vision for Diversity

July 10, 2014

When George Sanchez, professor of history, and American studies and ethnicity, was offered the position of vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives in 2009, he accepted on one condition — that he would not have…

Ishan Shah, the youngest person and the first Indian-American to be elected to the Ohlone College Board of Trustees in Alameda County, California, will return to USC Dornsife in the Fall to finish his degree in political science. Photos courtesy of Ishan Shah.

A Student with Experience

July 3, 2014

Last Fall, Ishan Shah was a senior with only weeks left before he was due to graduate from USC Dornsife with a degree in political science. Then disaster struck. Shah’s mother was stricken with cancer. Interrupting his…