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First-Year Investigations: Justin Farshidi

November 3, 2011

Justin Farshidi San Marino, California Undecided Justin Farshidi openly admits he can’t envision himself in a specific career. With interests from biology to business, the incoming student is searching for his…

Illustration by Joel Kimmel

First-Year Investigations: Katherine Montgomery

November 3, 2011

Katherine Montgomery Montclair, New Jersey Creative Writing A woman walking briskly down the street. A man donning a fedora. These uncomplicated sights inspire Katherine Montgomery in her fiction writing. Montgomery realized…

USC Dornsife junior David Horacio Hernandez has been recognized as one of the White House's Champions of Change for his work to improve education for minorities. The double major in political science and American studies and ethnicity traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in a roundtable discussion on Sept. 16. Photo courtesy of David Horacio Hernandez.

Champion of Change

November 2, 2011

USC Dornsife junior David Horacio Hernandez couldn’t believe what he was reading. Poor grammar and misplaced punctuation signaled a hastily written essay. A first-generation transfer student from Santa Monica City…

Twelve Posse scholars from New York City are navigating USC as a group. Half are pursuing majors in USC Dornsife. Photo courtesy of George Sanchez, Posse students’ mentor, professor of American studies and ethnicity, and history, and vice dean for diversity in USC Dornsife.

Leaders with Posse-bility

October 4, 2011

A few thousand miles from home, a dozen freshmen from New York City can’t picture themselves at USC without their posse. “You don’t realize how vital it is to have a support system until you’re…

Photo by Phil Channing.

Bringing Out Your Best

September 28, 2011

Incoming undergraduates, would you like an engraved invitation to visit your professors during their office hours? Now you have one. Designated as Dornsife Faculty Fellows, 27 professors in USC Dornsife are building…

Mellon Mays fellow Charnan Williams (right) discusses the history of Leimert Park with George Sanchez, vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives and professor of American studies and ethnicity and history in USC Dornsife. Photo by Joel Zink.

Mellon Mays Program Mentors Minority Students

July 19, 2011

Exploring topics ranging from the social impact of black stand-up comedy to genocide resistance in Rwanda, seven students will get the opportunity to conduct graduate-level research through the 2011-12 Mellon Mays…

As many as 35 Vermont Avenue Elementary School students participated in the USC Young Scientists Program, under the auspices of USC Dornsife's Joint Educational Project and made possible through the   Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

JEP Nurtures 'Green Ambassadors'

June 10, 2011

The word sustainability doesn’t always roll off the tongues of 10-year-olds. Likewise, the concept of sustainable living — a lifestyle meant to reduce society’s use of the Earth’s natural resources…

USC College undergraduates Jazmin (left) and Cynthia Vidana teach children to read through the Joint Educational Project (JEP) at Weemes Elementary School, where the twins were once students. Cynthia, three minutes older than her identical twin sister, was tutored by a JEP student when she was a Weemes third grader. Photo credit Carlos Puma.

Double Duty

December 21, 2010

Wearing white cowgirl boots, Cynthia and Jazmin Vidana skipped into kindergarten in red cotton dresses trimmed with lace. Petite, they had the same slightly crooked smile, doe eyes framed with bangs and flowing russet…

USC students, faculty and staff taking part in a summer immersion program in Los Angeles and Japan are blogging about their transnational experiences.

Take a Trip of the Vicarious Kind

June 16, 2010

For the first time in USC College history, a transnational American Studies and Ethnicity (ASE) course is being conducted in Japan as well as in Los Angeles -- and you're officially invited to hitch a ride during their…