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A Vibrant Mosaic

Everyone Belongs and Everything Is Possible

At USC Dornsife, your unique identity is not only accepted — it’s celebrated. Each person adds their own vibrant hue to the tapestry of the community. Here, belonging is not about conformity — it’s about embracing our differences and using this new, powerful perspective to understand the world more deeply.  It’s about forging a community that thrives on diverse backgrounds, experiences, ideas, and dreams. And together, we leverage our collective strengths in the pursuit of equity, representation, and inclusion by identifying and removing relational, structural, and cultural barriers.


“The academic mission of USC Dornsife can only be realized to its fullest potential when we build and protect a representative, equitable, inclusive culture of scholarship for students, faculty, and staff. This is not a program or initiative, but a way of life.”

Dr. Quade French, Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer
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What Makes Our Community Strong?

DEIB Programs & Initiatives

    Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

    The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program is the centerpiece of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s initiative to increase the commitment to diversity in the faculty ranks of colleges and universities. Fellowships provide support and mentorship to highly qualified underrepresented undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a PhD in fields where diversity has not been historically present.

    Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)

    The WiSE program is a groundbreaking effort to increase the representation and success of women in science and engineering at USC through a series of creative programs that enable women to thrive at every stage of their careers.

    Committed to developing fresh approaches to policies and to building a supportive environment for both women and men, the WiSE program is driving USC to the leading edge of diversity in science and engineering.

    Fisher Fellows Program

    The USC Dornsife Fisher Fellowship enables first generation students with financial need to participate more fully in the co-curricular opportunities that enrich one’s USC education and professional development. Students selected for this Fellowship are eligible to receive up to $10,000 over three years. They can put these funds toward international travel, field research, internships, and academic conferences in exchange for participation and leadership in service projects benefiting other first-generation USC students and underrepresented groups in the surrounding community.

    Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

    SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists – from college students to professionals – to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science. However, anyone is welcome to join and our main goal is to support science amongst students and increase diversity.

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    First-Gen Spotlight

    Ahead of graduation, psychology major Anthony Llamas has some advice for other first-generation students like himself on navigating life’s ups and downs: “You’ll never be alone.”

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    Our Community

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    Sri Narayan, professor of chemistry at USC Dornsife, works with a liquid-based redox-flow battery in his lab
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    A group of students pose for a picture in front of mural depicting shape of African continent and a portrait of activist Steve Biko
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    Contact Us

    USC Dornsife Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging