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Community Engagement

USC Dornsife’s students and faculty are continually present in community engagement activities to make positive change in the community. Whether through research that solves community problems or students taking the lead to better their communities with their volunteer time to support our local schools and hospitals—students and faculty commit themselves to a variety of community initiatives, research and programs to ensure that we strengthen the community.

Through these partnerships and capacity building, our investments in the community serve to remind us that we are developing a cadre of civically minded students and faculty who are committed to linking their research to practical solutions to the most pressing community problems. Check out how USC Dornsife students and faculty are making a difference!



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The Writer in the Community

Professors Aimee Bender and Cecilia Woloch in the English department teach a "Writer in the Community' course where undergrads go into community schools to teach students poetry and fiction.

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Students Mentoring Students

USC Students mentor local high school students as part of the partnership between the Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) and JEP.

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Joint Educational Project

Each year JEP places approximately 2000 students from Dornsife courses into the neighborhood as mentors, mini-course instructors, translators, and assistants to teachers and other…

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JEP 40th Welcome

Tammy Anderson, Executive Director of the Joint Educational Project welcomes alumni to the site in preparation for their 40th anniversary celebration this year.

Young Scientists Program: Energy and Motion

Allyson Brown '12, joined by students from USC Dornsife and Viterbi visited 32nd Street School as part of the Young Scientists Program.

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JEP: Young Scientists Program

The Young Scientists Program, part of the Joint Educational Project (JEP) and in association with Nadine Afari, Viterbi professor visit local elementary schools to work with…

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Edison Challenge 2010

Students from Oak Park High School, Santa Monica High School and Amargosa Creek Middle School talk about their projects for the Edison Challenge.

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Quick Science Challenge

QuikSCience is a partnership between the University of Southern California Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and Quiksilver, Inc. to improve science education through…

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Symposium Synergy

Students present their research and inspire local high schoolers at the 2015 USC Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work.

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The People's Academic

Manuel Pastor is installed as the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change.

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Trustee's gift widens the reach of USC's Neighborhood Academic Initiative

USC Trustee Joan Payden has donated $5 million to expand the university’s Neighborhood Academic Initiative.

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Climbing the STEM of Success

A paid summer research internship program created by professors in USC Dornsife’s chemistry department is proving successful in motivating academically at risk community college students to major in STEM subjects at four-year universities. 

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Texas prep students deep in the heart of USC

High school chemistry teacher and USC alumna Alex Rios ’11 was thrilled to receive a $1,000 school grant…Rather than buy school supplies or plan a special lab project, Rios decided to take her students, 80 percent of whom had never traveled outside of Texas, on a trip to their dream school—USC.