Skip to main content

Community Engagement News

Student honorees from the Interfaith Badge Program stand with Varun Soni (center), dean of the USC Office of Religious Life. Photo by Steve Cohn.

What It Means to Be a Trojan

April 24, 2013

As a junior, Travis Glynn created the Explore Program through USC Dornsife’s Joint Educational Project (JEP). In the program, JEP volunteers challenge elementary students to look at Los Angeles through a global…

Readers of all ages enjoy presentations by novelists, poets, journalists, chefs, musicians and celebrities at the18th annual <em>Los Angeles Times Festival of Books</em> held April 20-21 at USC. Photo by Vanessa Preziose.

Worth Reading

April 23, 2013

At this year’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books held at USC, as many as 150,000 readers of various ages mingled with more than 500 authors. On April 20 and 21, authors, artists, chefs, musicians and celebrities…

Two hundred local high school students hold aloft placards identifying the role of their assigned group at the 2013 High School Leadership Conference organized by the Center for Active Learning in International Studies (CALIS) housed in USC Dornsife. Photo by Susan Bell.

Preventing Another Darfur

April 23, 2013

Russia, Iran, France, China, Norway, the United States, Egypt, Netherlands, Pakistan, South Africa, Argentina, Cuba, Canada — a sea of bobbing placards bearing the names of countries with diverse and often opposing…

Each week, Tina Koneazny of the Joint Educational Project (JEP)/USC ReadersPlus program and JEP tutors visit local elementary schools, where they read children a book and then practice yoga based on themes in the literature. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

Just Breathe

April 17, 2013

During recess, Sally pushed you. Your teacher gave you a frowny face on the spelling test and you must write “incredible” 100 times on the blackboard. On top of all that, your front tooth is loose. “OK…

Arriving as a global health major at Keck School of Medicine of USC, Otana Jakpor decided to add a major in biological sciences in USC Dornsife after taking a Problems Without Passports (PWP) biology course at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Hard Work Meets Glamour

April 15, 2013

A Southern California native whose father is Nigerian, Otana Jakpor visited Nigeria for the first time last Christmas. In addition to spending time with cousins and extended family she didn’t before know existed, the…

Former California Gov. George Deukmejian stands with USC Dornsife undergraduate Janet Shamilian, who is earning a bachelor’s in political science and progressive master’s degree in public administration, during Deukmejian’s recent visit at USC. Photo by Shahe Melian/Arka Photography.

‘If I Could Do It . . .’

March 28, 2013

During a recent talk at USC, California’s former Gov. George Deukmejian, recounted his efforts to have the slaying of 1.5 million Armenians by the present-day Republic of Turkey during and after World War I recognized as…

Amy Gross and Christian Ramos, both fourth-grade teachers at Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School near USC, proudly display abstract shapes they created from paper plates to find the center of mass — just one example of a fun and inexpensive classroom project they can use to engage and inspire their students in STEM subjects. Photos by Susan Bell.

Springboard to Teaching STEM

March 21, 2013

Like divers, 60 teachers, magnet coordinators and principals from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) lifted their arms high over their heads and flexed their knees as if preparing to plunge from imaginary…

USC Dornsife undergraduate twins Jazmin (left) and Cynthia Vidana teach children to read through the Joint Educational Project (JEP). Photo by Carlos Puma.

Naming Gift for JEP Library

March 19, 2013

Marking the first naming of a space in the JEP House, the Tesoriero family has designated funds from their USC Associates Provost-level membership to advance this community-based program. The Tesoriero’s gift will…

USC Trustee Steven Spielberg, who established the USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education in USC Dornsife nearly two decades ago, announces the IWitness Video Challenge at Chandler School in Pasadena, Calif. Kori Street, the institute's director of education, stands with Spielberg. Photo by Kim Fox.

Mending a Broken Spirit

March 8, 2013

With a scarcity of food in the ghetto, Stephen Howard was told his beloved dog had to go. “We no longer had food for the dog so my father said the dog had to be put to sleep,” Howard said solemnly on videotape,…

Author Shoson Nagahara employed a gritty, proto-noir style in writing about Japanese immigrants living in 1920s Little Tokyo. This 1924 image, "Little Tokyo: An Alley" is one of the many historical photos printed in <em>Lament in the Night</em> (Kaya Press, 2012). Photo by Toyo Miyake, courtesy of Toyo Miyake Studio.

Lament in the Night

March 1, 2013

The man quietly passes through the shadows, hungrily seizing a half-rotten watermelon rind from the ground at the now-deserted marketplace, later retching miserably. After checking and rechecking his coin purse for any…