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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…

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…

USC Dornsife’s George Sanchez,  professor of American studies and ethnicity, and history, and vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives, speaks at the reception to announce the SACNAS 2014 National Conference, co-organized by USC Dornsife. Photos by Erica Christianson.

Commitment to Diversity

February 19, 2014

The excitement and sense of anticipation were palpable as guests mingled at a recent reception held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to announce the largest gathering of underrepresented minority…

In her new book <em>Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora</em> (New York University Press), USC Dornsife’s Shana Redmond takes a critical look at black music's largely unexplored anthem genre and its contributions to social justice movements. Photo by Erica Christianson.

‘Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing’

January 6, 2014

It was a beautiful spring day in Johannesburg. The year was 1994. At the inauguration ceremony where Nelson Mandela took the oath of office as the first democratically elected black president of South Africa, the victorious…

Hillary Rodham Clinton receives an award and a traditional rebozo shawl during a Mexican American Leadership Initiative (MALI) ceremony held recently at USC. From left: U.S.-Mexico Foundation President and CEO Martha Smith, Henry Cisneros, former Cabinet member and USMF trustee, Clinton, and Maria Echaveste, USMF trustee and MALI co-chair. Photos by Steve Cohn.

Peace, Prosperity and Progress

November 13, 2013

Hillary Rodham Clinton was a northern Illinois high school student the first time she engaged with the Mexican American community.  With church group members, she babysat children while their parents and older kids…

USC Dornsife senior Jasmine Torres greets a young student at the Trojan Guardians Scholarship Program (TGS) booth during the Sept. 28 College Within Reach event on the University Park campus. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Guardian Angel

October 8, 2013

As winter break approached, Jasmine Torres’ roommate innocently asked her where she’d be spending the break. Surprised, the then-freshman replied, ‘What are you talking about? I’m staying here.’…

HSBC fellow Melvin Earl Villaver Jr., a junior majoring in sociology, was accompanied to the event by one of his faculty mentors, Shana Redmond, assistant professor of American studies and ethnicity. Villaver researched the history of Filipino hip-hop. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

Limitless Potential

September 13, 2013

Feeling her notes, her fingertips following lines of raised dots, Karen Arcos eloquently spoke about her research on schizophrenia before an audience at USC’s University Club. The psychology junior shared her work…

USC Dornsife alumna Bonnie Nijst, president and CEO of ZEESMAN, is a strong believer in the power of women- and minority-owned businesses to drive the economy, especially in underserved communities. Photo by Susan Bell.

Branded a Winner

August 15, 2013

A successful minority business owner, Bonnie Nijst encountered sexism and prejudice on her journey to the top. “I remember a time when someone came into my bureau for a meeting with me and said to my assistant…

Incoming USC Dornsife freshman Ashley Knight is considering involvement in USC Greek Life, intramural sports, a cappella groups, and the USC Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs. Photo by Lillian Insalata.

From Kansas to California

August 9, 2013

Initially attracted to USC because of its location and the Southern California weather, incoming freshman Ashley Knight decided to join the university after learning about pre-health programs at USC Dornsife. An aspiring…

Environmental studies undergraduate Iñaki Pedroarena-Leal is in Panama for a summer internship at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. In underwater research, he is collecting data to assess the health of coral reef communities in the Bocas del Toro archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. Photo by Eleni Petrou.

Taking the Bull by the Horns

July 26, 2013

Wielding a machete one day this summer, Iñaki Pedroarena-Leal slowly but surely bushwhacked his way through dense, humid Panamanian jungle. From their tree perches, three-toed sloths looked down at the…