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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…

60-second-seminars: Jody Agius Vallejo

Barrios to Burbs

September 5, 2012

A timely new book by USC Dornsife sociologist Jody Agius Vallejo challenges the widespread assumption that Mexican Americans in the United States are persistently poor and uneducated, and do not achieve social and economic…

USC Dornsife senior Amy Rogers (right) and classmate Olivia White sampled a few ice cream flavors at Mateo’s Ice Cream in Los Angeles. The trip was one of several that Rogers made to restaurants, mercados and street vendors in neighboring cities throughout L.A. as part of lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese in USC Dornsife Sarah Portnoy’s course, “The Culture of Food in Hispanic Los Angeles.” Photo courtesy of Amy Rogers.

A Forkful of Culture

June 5, 2012

When the plate was set before her, USC Dornsife senior Amy Rogers timidly forked a piece of meat into her mouth and awaited her tastebuds reaction. The verdict: barbequed goat Oaxacan style was muy delicioso. “The meat…

Photo credit Joseph Voves.

Our Future Is in Their Hands

November 1, 2010

Manuel Pastor calls it the “game-changer.” In Los Angeles County, one-third of the residents are immigrants, nearly half the workforce is foreign-born, two-thirds of children have at least one immigrant parent, and…

Speaker Tom Saenz, president and general counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, moderator Ange-Marie Hancock, associate professor of political science and co-director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration based in USC College (left); with panelists Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network; Tammy Bang Luu of the Labor/Community Strategy Center and Bus Riders Union; and Niels Frenzen, clinical professor of law in USC Gould School of Law, at the event. Photo credit Jacqueline Agnello.

Looking Beyond Arizona

September 30, 2010

We know that on July 28, 2010, Federal District Court Judge Susan Bolton blocked key sections of Arizona's immigration law SB 1070 from taking effect. But why did it take so long for the federal government to step up? During…

Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

November 1, 2008

Focusing almost exclusively on dramatic, episodic events like the Elián González saga and other illegality issues, mainstream media have distorted the story of immigration in America, panelists said during a…

New Center for Study of Immigrant Integration Announced

New Center for Study of Immigrant Integration Announced

May 1, 2008

USC College and the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development (SPPD) have created a new center addressing the urgent need for knowledge about the successful integration of immigrants. College Dean Howard Gillman and…

Gaining a Political Voice Via Religion

Gaining a Political Voice Via Religion

February 1, 2007

When millions moved out of the shadows and marched for immigrant rights last year, the nation was shocked that these people of little means from different countries could organize so effectively. But USC College sociology…

Political Scientist Earns Fellowship

Political Scientist Earns Fellowship

October 13, 2006

For her work on how immigrants are changing the face of the religious right, USC College professor Janelle Wong has been named a Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow for the 2006-07 academic year. Wong, an associate professor with…

Charting 'The Rise of Los Angeles'

Charting 'The Rise of Los Angeles'

July 22, 2004

In his new book, USC historian William Deverell examines L.A.’s troubled relationship to — and denial of — its Mexican roots. by Gilien Silsby Los Angeles has long been touted as a cultural crossroads,…