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Actress and USC Dornsife student America Ferrera speaks to students in professor Steven Lamy's international relations class about celebrity diplomacy — how those in the public sphere use their influence to bring attention to global issues. Ferrera has partnered with organizations such as Save the Children to raise funds to build a school in Diassadeni, Mali. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

From Actress to Activist

May 23, 2012

In 2002, when America Ferrera was a freshman studying international relations in USC Dornsife, she was torn between two possible career paths. At the time she had just appeared in two feature films: Real Women Have Curves and…

USC Dornsife alumna Erica Silva, who graduated with a B.A. in political science in December 2011, has been recognized by the USC Latino Alumni Association with the 2012 John R. Hubbard Award for her work to improve opportunities for Latino students.

USC Dornsife Alumna Receives 2012 John R. Hubbard Award

May 10, 2012

As USC Norman Topping Student Aid Fund’s outreach coordinator, USC Dornsife undergraduate Erica Silva noticed a disturbing trend in local high schools. “Many students don’t have the information they need to…

Young Scientists Program: Energy and Motion

Eye-Opening Science

May 9, 2012

Fourth-grader Zakar Martin cut a lemon in half. He pushed a nail into the squishy side of one half and a penny into the other half of the fruit’s pulpy side. Then he clamped one end of a wire to the copper penny and the…

All-Star Students

All-Star Students

May 3, 2012

Genevieve Hoffman: Woman of International Mastery by Diane Krieger Condi Rice, look out. Here comes Genevieve P. Hoffman. The Class of 2012 valedictorian has what it takes to make tidal waves in Washington, D.C., according…

Travis Glynn

USC Dornsife's Travis Glynn Selected as Truman Scholar

March 30, 2012

Travis Glynn is a big picture person. The USC Dornsife junior tackles problems by considering not only the matter at hand but the broader situation. He approaches his life the same way. The recipient of the Harry S. Truman…

USC President C. L. Max Nikias visits Norwood Elementary

President Nikias Visits a Young Scientists Program Lab

February 8, 2012

During USC President C. L. Max Nikias’s recent visit to USC Family of Schools site Norwood Street Elementary, one highlight was a stop at a classroom that houses the Young Scientists Program (YSP). Under the auspices of…

“Soon, my achievements will show who Adrian Toledo really is,” wrote Adrian Toledo, a senior at Manual Arts High School, in the essay portion of his USC application. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Tears of Joy

December 23, 2011

For these high school students, the tiny mortarboard pins represented months of hard work and stick-to-itiveness. As their USC Dornsife mentors fastened onto their shirts and jackets the universal symbol for education, some…

JEP: Young Scientists Program

JEP Fights Childhood Obesity

November 30, 2011

When a fifth grader told Nadine Afari that pepperoni grows from the ground, the USC Young Scientists Program director decided her next event would teach children the differences between processed and natural foods. Afari had…

As many as 35 Vermont Avenue Elementary School students participated in the USC Young Scientists Program, under the auspices of USC Dornsife's Joint Educational Project and made possible through the   Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

JEP Nurtures 'Green Ambassadors'

June 10, 2011

The word sustainability doesn’t always roll off the tongues of 10-year-olds. Likewise, the concept of sustainable living — a lifestyle meant to reduce society’s use of the Earth’s natural resources…

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…