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“Soon, my achievements will show who Adrian Toledo really is,” wrote Adrian Toledo, a senior at Manual Arts High School, in the essay portion of his USC application. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Tears of Joy

December 23, 2011

For these high school students, the tiny mortarboard pins represented months of hard work and stick-to-itiveness. As their USC Dornsife mentors fastened onto their shirts and jackets the universal symbol for education, some…

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…

Daniel Walker speaks at the recent Passing the Mantle  Institute gathering for African American clergy and lay leaders at USC. Photo by Malllory Carra.

Keeping the Black Church of Los Angeles Alive

August 25, 2011

From the influence of President Barack Obama to the recession and housing crisis, the needs and realities of the African American community in Los Angeles have changed — and Daniel Walker believes that the Black Church…

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…

From left, Michelle Damian, Lyndsey Hoh, Emily Kamen, USC president C. L. Max Nikias, Cara Magnabosco, Amanda Tasse, Tiffany Yang and Debory Li. Photo by Noe Montes.

(Ful)Bright Futures

June 1, 2011

This year, seven of the 10 USC students and alumni awarded Fulbright Fellowships are from the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. They will teach English, conduct research and study in various…

Taking Action in California's Future

Taking Action in California's Future

April 29, 2011

Want to do something positive for California? This Fall, USC students can take a course that asks this question, then gives them the tools to help bring the Golden State back to prosperity. The class,…

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…

David Dominguez, a 16-year-old senior at Animo Film and Theatre Arts Charter School in Los Angeles, and Laila Barada, a third-year Ph.D. candidate in oceanography in USC College, examine their Trichodesmium project in a lab. Dominguez was a participant in the College's 2009 USC Young Researchers Summer Program. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Nurturing Young Scientists

October 6, 2009

This fall, be on the lookout for possibly USC College's youngest researcher. He is David Dominguez, a 16-year-old student at Animo Film and Theatre Arts Charter School. The senior at the south Los Angeles high school is…

Tammara Anderson, executive director of the Joint Educational Project (far left), celebrates during the October Good Neighbors Campaign picnic with (left to right) JEP’s Brenda Pesante, Jameson Yu, David Anderson, Stefanie Gopaul, Tina Koneazny, and Jackie Whitley. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Good Neighbors Campaign Reaches New Height

August 31, 2009

For 37 years, the Joint Educational Project (JEP) has placed more than 60,000 USC students in community assignments. Through these meaningful experiences, they have learned firsthand about real life issues of poverty,…