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USC Dornsife junior David Horacio Hernandez has been recognized as one of the White House's Champions of Change for his work to improve education for minorities. The double major in political science and American studies and ethnicity traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in a roundtable discussion on Sept. 16. Photo courtesy of David Horacio Hernandez.

Champion of Change

November 2, 2011

USC Dornsife junior David Horacio Hernandez couldn’t believe what he was reading. Poor grammar and misplaced punctuation signaled a hastily written essay. A first-generation transfer student from Santa Monica City…

Celia C. Ayala (B.A., sociology and Spanish, '76) is CEO of the Los Angeles Universal Preschool in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo by Phil Channing.

Champion for Education

August 5, 2011

Celia C. Ayala discovered her life’s passion at an early age. With a quest to contribute to her community, she knew what she wanted to do; it was the how that remained a mystery. In her eighth floor office, Chief…

Michelle Clark, of High Tech North County in San Marcos, Calif., listens to a survivor's testimony during the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education third annual Teaching with Testimony. Photo by Kim Fox Photography.

Teaching with Testimony

July 26, 2011

The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education recently hosted its third annual Teaching with Testimony workshop for nationwide educators to learn how to best implement the institute’s archive into…

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, assistant professor of psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute housed in USC Dornsife, and alumnus Thomas Denson, who earned his Ph.D. in psychology from USC Dornsife in 2007, were recognized as “rising stars” by the Association for Psychological Science.

Making Their Mark

June 21, 2011

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, assistant professor of psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute housed in USC Dornsife, and Thomas Denson, a USC Dornsife alumnus, were recently lauded by the Association for Psychological…

Women and children carry baskets in a village near Sikoro, Mali. This summer marked the second time that USC Dornsife members of the USC Africa Health Initiative (AHI) traveled to the West African village.  Photo courtesy of AHI.

Bridging Two Worlds

June 16, 2011

In May, as USC Dornsife graduates boxed up their belongings and left campus for their new ventures, 13 boarded a plane for Africa to make good on a promise. Two years ago, the members of USC Africa Health Initiative (AHI)…

During a previous trip to Ghana, USC Dornsife alumna Elizabeth Barreras who founded Blue Kitabu mentors a student in Asebu. Photo by Alexander J. Rivest.

Sowing the Seeds for Sustainability

June 6, 2011

After earning her bachelor’s in international relations from USC Dornsife in 2007, Elizabeth Barreras kept in touch with her adviser and professor Steven Lamy. Barreras went on to earn her master’s at the School…

USC College undergraduates Jazmin (left) and Cynthia Vidana teach children to read through the Joint Educational Project (JEP) at Weemes Elementary School, where the twins were once students. Cynthia, three minutes older than her identical twin sister, was tutored by a JEP student when she was a Weemes third grader. Photo credit Carlos Puma.

Double Duty

December 21, 2010

Wearing white cowgirl boots, Cynthia and Jazmin Vidana skipped into kindergarten in red cotton dresses trimmed with lace. Petite, they had the same slightly crooked smile, doe eyes framed with bangs and flowing russet…

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…