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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…

This portrait of Christine Hameline was painted as part of The Face of Malibu project, which highlights some of Malibu’s biggest movers and shakers. Each honoree is painted in a single, live sitting. Portrait by artist Johanna Spinks.

Face of Interdisciplinary Success

July 1, 2014

A true Renaissance woman, Christine Hameline double majored in international relations and art history, graduating from USC Dornsife in 2008. Now she works as the managing associate of RE/MAX ELITE in her native Malibu,…

Chris Lee, CEO of Kitson, who participated in the Joint Educational Project (JEP) while an economics major at USC Dornsife, is now giving back to JEP. Photo by Matt Meindl.

A Visionary Entrepreneur

June 26, 2014

An economics major at USC Dornsife in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Kitson CEO Chris Lee retains fond memories of participating in the Joint Educational Project (JEP) as a math tutor at Manual Arts High School near the USC…

Deborah Kolodji finds inspiration for writing haiku during a visit to the Japanese garden at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Garden in San Marino, California. Photo courtesy of Deborah Kolodji.

The Art of Haiku

June 26, 2014

Haiku poet Deborah P. Kolodji was recently caught in dense traffic on the 10 Freeway. Looking up, a V-formation of birds flew overhead. Nearby, an airplane cut across the sky. Things were in motion. She saw poetry: migrating…

Alumnus Richard "Jake" Jacobsen was director of the Mecklenburg County Department  of Social Services from 1994 to 2007, when the department became recognized as among the nation’s most effective urban social service agencies. Photo courtesy of Jake Jacobsen.

Helping People Help Themselves

June 24, 2014

As director of the Department of Social Services (DSS) in Charlotte, North Carolina, Richard “Jake” Jacobsen recalled a customer whose drug and alcohol addiction prevented her from holding down a job and caring for…

Undergraduates taking a course in USC Dornsife's The Writing Program take a tour of the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles and speak with Santosh Sundaresan, community health programs section chair at the USC Dental Clinic set up at the mission. Photo by Caroline Lasersohn.

On a Mission

June 17, 2014

Led by instructor JJ Strong, undergraduates taking, “Writing and Critical Reasoning — Thematic Approaches” at USC Dornsife’s The Writing Program took a recent tour of the Union Rescue Mission in Los…

The Fulbright Scholarship was established to increase the mutual understanding among the United States and other countries. USC Dornsife students and alumni who are 2014-15 Fulbright Scholars will study and teach throughout the world. Clockwise from top left, Fan Fan, Rebecca Ryan, Bijou Diem Tran Nguyen, Vivian Yan, Samantha Freitag, Samir Kumar, John Hernandez and Brendan McMahon.

A Fulbright Fête

June 17, 2014

Eight exceptional USC Dornsife students have been selected for the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship, awarded for academic achievement and commitment to cultural engagement. USC has been recognized as among the top 40 research…

Flanked by her husband and daughter, Usman Chaudhry’s mother speaks at a vigil held on June 21, 2008, at the location of her youngest son’s wrongful shooting by an LAPD officer. The vigil was organized by Olu Orange of political science, and students from the USC Trial Advocacy Program. From left: Afzhal Chaudhry, Rukhsana Chaudhry, Usma Chaudhry. All photos courtesy of Olu Orange.

Setting a Civil Rights Precedent

June 10, 2014

Justice has been upheld and USC Dornsife faculty and students helped ensure it. On May 19, six years after police shot and killed a young autistic man, Mohammed Usman Chaudhry, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that…

Caleb Smith, a 16-year-old local high school student, won the opportunity to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, or ISEF. He developed his research working in the laboratory of USC Dornsife’s John Tower. Photo by Misty Mercier.

Encouraging Young Scientists

June 6, 2014

As Caleb Smith watched the video of a Sudanese land mine victim using a prosthetic arm to eat unassisted for the first time in seven years, he was struck by the ability of science to fundamentally change a human life. Smith,…

Before graduating, USC Dornsife undergraduates learn to roll up their sleeves and experience working in politics and impacting policy. Illustrations by Daniel Hertzberg for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

Hearts in the Highlands

June 5, 2014

Standing on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Roxana Ontiveros had one thing on her mind: her Highland Park neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles. The daughter of Mexican immigrants and the first in her family to…