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As part of the the Garden Gateway Nutrition Program (GGNP), residents of South Los Angeles prepare edible gardens at a local community garden. GGNP is one of many programs supported in part by the USC Good Neighbors Campaign. Photo by Zhiyi Feng.

Be a Good Neighbor

October 15, 2013

Strides have been made to remove the moniker “food desert” from South Los Angeles. Farmers markets have sprouted. Bans against more fast-food restaurants have been implemented. But Garden Gateway Nutrition Project…

USC Dornsife predentistry student Erin Walker assisted dentists in performing 143 extractions and 71 fillings, and helped to serve 1,020 Honduran patients in four days. Photo courtesy of Erin Walker.

Creating Smiles in Honduras

June 13, 2013

Imagine walking for days to a makeshift mobile medical clinic to receive free health care, then standing in line with more than 1,000 others for days, hoping to be treated. Erin Walker, a USC Dornsife predentistry student,…

Tammara Anderson (left), Mitchell Lew, Daniel Potter, Janet Lin and Holly Villamagna at the speaking event on campus. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Obstetrician Delivered Flourishing Program

March 30, 2010

A biology undergraduate in USC College, Daniel Potter wanted to become a doctor, but found it difficult to volunteer at local clinics or hospitals to gain first-hand experience. "Half the time, you'd call to volunteer and…

International Relations Begin in the Classroom

International Relations Begin in the Classroom

March 29, 2010

This year, the Teaching International Relations Program (TIRP) had a record number of volunteers and the spaces went quickly. Many of the students involved are veterans who return semester after semester for a program…

Small Gifts, Big Hearts

Small Gifts, Big Hearts

December 1, 2008

It began with a humble request to undergraduates: If you go on vacation and stay at a hotel, please save the free toiletries for our holiday homeless drive. The USC chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta did not expect the…

Thinking Outward

Thinking Outward

July 1, 2007

Piper Stremmel knows what originally attracted her to community service at USC. As a freshman, she participated in the Joint Educational Project (JEP), the College’s service-learning program, to bolster her…

JEP Celebrates 35th Year Serving Students and Community

JEP Celebrates 35th Year Serving Students and Community

March 1, 2007

  Now in its 35th year, the College’s Joint Educational Project (JEP) has changed the lives of thousands of people — student volunteers and those they help. A nationally recognized center for community…

The Heart and Soul of Medicine

The Heart and Soul of Medicine

July 1, 2006

Fabric-shop seamstress Maricela Parra developed throbbing neck pains working long hours hunched over a sewing machine. When she tried to tell her doctor about it, she hit a barrier. “Tengo mucho dolor,” Parra, 33,…

Bridging the Achievement Gap

Bridging the Achievement Gap

June 1, 2006

Even over a sometimes-shaky cellular connection from Boston to Los Angeles, the smile in Cecilia Mo’s voice was crystal clear. Mo (B.A., mathematics and interdisciplinary studies, ’02) was talking about her two…

Helping Teens in Turn-Around

Helping Teens in Turn-Around

June 1, 2006

Arms crossed and looking contemplative, Mariela Membreno recalled the day police arrived at her high school and hauled her off to jail. “I was walking in the hall and the cops came up to me,” said the 17-year-old…