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Near and Far Ahead

On opposite sides of the globe, this trio of alumni share a commonality: They believe in something bigger than themselves. And they aren’t afraid of a challenge.

By Susan Bell and Laura Paisley
April 28, 2014

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.

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.

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 Himalayan foothills to film Moso villagers, learns to put the video camera down. On opposite sides of the Earth, these alumni work in local and global communities. But they share a commonality: They believe in something bigger than themselves. And they aren’t afraid of challenge.

 

 

Jasneet Aulakh ’13

Aulakh is researching the role of women leaders in India and traveling to cities such as Jaipur, home of the Palace of the Winds.

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  Paul Cummins 67

Cummins, who founded Coalition for Engaged Education, believes at-risk youth can improve if given the chance to express themselves through the arts.

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  Ankur Poseria 09

Poseria is the executive producer of a film that documents the stories of the Moso people of China, including this ama or grandmother (right) as she rows in Lugu Lake.

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Read more stories from USC Dornsife Magazine's Spring-Summer 2014 issue