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First-Generation College Student Panel

Being First-Gen

August 21, 2015

Starting college can be a whirlwind of new experiences for most freshmen and their families. For those who are the first in their families to attend college, it holds tremendous significance and often presents a unique set of…

USC Dornsife first-generation college student Dominique Codjia, center, on Move-in Day with (from left) her sister, Mireille; her mother, Jamie; her father, Henri; and her brother, Etienne. Photos by Darrin S. Joy.

Love, Hope and Gratitude

August 20, 2015

The excitement around the residence halls was palpable as students and families filled the campus for Move-in Day. For one group in particular, the day marked an important and special milestone. As the first-generation to…

This Fall, a senior seminar offered through USC Dornsife’s Gender Studies Program will look at how Los Angeles’ legendary sci-fi societies overlapped with the early LGBT rights movement.

Sci-fi Fandom and Gay Rights

August 12, 2015

If you wanted to find life outside the closet in the 1930s, you might as well have started looking for another planet — and that’s exactly what a generation of gay and lesbian sci-fi fans did. They were drawn to a…

Tiffany Lian is conducting research in the laboratory of Professor Raymond Stevens, director of The Bridge@USC. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Targeting Hearts

June 10, 2015

While growing up in California, junior Tiffany Lian traveled annually to her father’s homeland of Indonesia. It pained her to see her grandfather suffer from a chronic heart condition — which, after many years…

Wendy Garcia-Nava came to USC with support from the Neighborhood Academic Initiative. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

A Prophetic T-shirt

May 14, 2015

There’s a snapshot of Wendy Garcia-Nava as a fourth-grader that’s downright prophetic: She’s standing by a fountain in Pardee Plaza, shyly waving at the camera. The T-shirt she’s wearing reads:…

Meet three USC Dornsife graduating seniors: Shea Livingston, Karen Arcos and Thomas Armstrong.

Three of the Best

May 13, 2015

Shea Livingston After Shea Livingston’s grandfather died in 2010, she and her mother were sorting through his papers when they found an extraordinary document: a leather-bound graduation program embossed with the words…

In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words

May 12, 2015

This year’s valedictorian and salutatorian both have majors in USC Dornsife: Alexander Yuen of biological sciences and Carrie Ruth Moore of creative writing. Hailing from Sacramento, California, and Atlanta, Georgia,…

Standard of Excellence

May 11, 2015

Alexander Yuen — Valedictorian When Alexander Yuen steps to the podium on Friday to give his valedictory address at USC’s 132nd commencement, it’ll be with a sense of trepidation and déjà…

Leonard Williams was drafted April 30 by the New York Jets. Photo by John McGillen.

USC Dornsife Student Chosen Sixth in NFL Draft

May 5, 2015

USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams was selected by the New York Jets with the sixth pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor was taken 20th by the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday. The pair’s choosing…

High school student and future USC Dornsife chemistry major Belen Espinoza, far left, asks senior Thomas Do a question about his research project. Photos by Susan Bell.

Symposium Synergy

April 29, 2015

Belen Espinoza listened intently as Thomas Do, a junior majoring in chemistry at USC Dornsife, explained his research into how a cobalt catalyst can be used to convert carbon dioxide into more useful derivatives. Practical…