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High school students in the Los Angeles Service Academy tour a construction site in Boyle Heights. Before the visit, Maria Cabildo, president of the East Los Angeles Community Corporation  and member of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, spoke to them about a new housing development being constructed. Photo courtesy of William Deverell.

So L.A.

May 20, 2014

One recent Saturday, USC alumna Laura Nelson, a transportation reporter for the Los Angeles Times, gave a talk to local high school students about the city’s vast transit system. For a group of freshly minted drivers in…

The four 2014 USC Dornsife Scholars, who earned their bachelor's degrees May 16, were each awarded $10,000 to be used for graduate or professional school studies.

USC Dornsife Scholars

May 16, 2014

The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the class of Dornsife Scholars for 2014. The four outstanding graduating USC Dornsife seniors were selected based on their academic achievements…

Clockwise from top left: Zade Shakir, Jennifer Bou Lahoud, Sam Kosydar and Lucila Duarte. Shakir photo by Ricardo Galvez Photography. Bou Lahoud photo by Elias Tahan. Kosydar and Duarte photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

Great Expectations

May 16, 2014

Lucila Duarte: ‘I Can Do Anything’ Lucila Duarte. Before Lucila Duarte’s mother died of breast cancer while Duarte was preparing to finish high school, Lucila del Carmen Jurado de Duarte told her…

From left, salutatorian Jared Sokol, valedictorian Jana Shapiro and salutatorian Brian Lentz are all from USC Dornsife this year. Photos by Gus Ruelas.

Valedictorian and Salutatorians

May 14, 2014

This year’s valedictorian and salutatorians have two big things in common: all three are from USC Dornsife and all want to be doctors. Medicine is a tough profession that has come under fire lately, but Jana Shapiro,…

President Barack Obama holds up his Ambassador for Humanity Award, presented to him by USC Trustee Steven Spielberg, founder of USC Shoah Foundation — the Institute for Visual History and Education. Photos by Getty Images.

‘Eternal Flame of Testimony’

May 8, 2014

In recognition of his efforts to protect human rights, his commitment to education and his work advancing opportunities for all people, President Barack Obama was presented May 7 with the Ambassador for Humanity Award by…

Senior Karissa Masciel holds up her Extraordinary Community Service Award at JEP’s recent 2014 Community Service Awards Dinner, with George Sanchez, vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives, and professor of American studies and ethnicity, and history, and JEP Executive Director Tammara Anderson. Photos by Brian Morri.

Honoring Service and Learning

May 2, 2014

A religion major at USC Dornsife, Karissa Masciel saw a need to educate youngsters on various religions to give them the tools to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions. Two years ago, Masciel created the Interfaith…

Alumni community reach stretches from India to home in Los Angeles to the Himalayan foothills. India photo (left) by Gavin Heller; tree tag photo by Matt Meindl; and rowboat photo by Ankur Poseria.

Near and Far Ahead

April 28, 2014

In India, Jasneet Aulakh finds her aunt’s seat in the village government isn’t what she thought. In Los Angeles, Paul Cummins helps Lisa thrive after her abusive childhood. Ankur Poseria, who travels to the…

History in a Box

History in a Box

April 28, 2014

Children can read about the waves of various immigration groups to Boyle Heights, a working-class, mostly Latino community in east Los Angeles. Or, they can hold the history in their hands. George Sanchez, professor of…

Diedre Badejo with her daughter, Kim, at USC in the early 1970s. Photo courtesy of Diedre Badejo.

In My Opinion: Strong As Oak

April 28, 2014

Consider Khalil Gibran’s passage in the chapter “On Giving” as told in 1923’s The Prophet: “They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish … . And what desert greater shall…

Paul Cummins ’67, who founded Coalition for Engaged Education, believes at-risk youth can improve if given the chance to express themselves through the arts as shown by the above message from a participant. Photo by Matt Meindl.

‘I Dwell in Possibility’

April 28, 2014

Lisa was nine when her mother forced her into prostitution. When the mother went to jail, an uncle in New York took custody and put Lisa back to work on the streets. At 11, Lisa was removed from the uncle’s care, sent…