Two Agents of Change students earn prestigious Soros Justice fellowships to address school-to-prison pipeline.
Each received $57,000 to further their joint project exploring and highlighting via the media the school-to-prison pipeline and its role in the incarceration and criminalization of young people of color in low-income communities in Los Angeles.
As part of their celebration, JEP wants to highlight fifty of stories of inspiration, overcoming obstacles, of community, and so much more. Starting January 17th with the story of current Executive Director Susan Harris, JEP will reveal more and more stories until the end of the year.
USC Mock Trial program advanced to the 2022 Mock Trial National Championships, competing in a network of over 400 collegiate programs to face the highest-scoring teams in the country.
Spark to Flame
Agents of Change
Agents of Change helped me gain experience in the community advocacy and organizing as well as allowed me to financially support myself. Most students have to sacrifice one for the other, but AOC allowed me to do both. Now in my post grad, I’m working full time at both the legal aid and the government agency I interned with. This ExL program is something every school should have.
USC Trial Advocacy
The USC Trial Advocacy program taught me how important using my voice to advocate for myself and others is. Participating in mock trial is the BEST pre-law preparation out there; from learning the Federal Rules of Evidence to learning how to cross-examine a witness, I know these are skills I will use throughout my career as an attorney. Also, it has provided me access to many pre-law resources that I would not have gotten otherwise. This program is one example of how experiential learning has been essential to my undergraduate studies.
The Fisher Fellowship has empowered me, through a fellowship of like-minded peers as well as with resources and connections, to give back to the community that surrounds USC. It’s also allowed me to fine-tune the organizing and community buildings skills I’ve developed in other experiential learning programs to become a more effective change-maker.