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Bringing the expertise of our scholars beyond the academy walls.

Beyond the laboratories, research centers and classrooms, USC Dornsife serves as a dynamic intellectual resource that is woven into the fabric of our communities. Our signature initiative, The Academy in the Public Square, supports and celebrates faculty who wish to extend the reach of their expertise beyond the academy walls to address society’s thorny issues.

USC Dornsife in Action

As a college of letters, arts and sciences, we are home to scholars with deep expertise across a wide range of disciplines who can collaborate with industry and community leaders to address almost any problem imaginable. Together, we are connecting university scholarship with the public we serve. See below examples of USC Dornsife scholarship impacting societal challenges.

The Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) is dedicated to discovering how people around the globe live, think, interact, age, invest, and make important, life-changing decisions. Our in-depth research and analysis are deepening the understanding of human behavior in a wide range of economic and social contexts.

Since its founding in 2010, the Spatial Sciences Institute has been using the power of spatial thinking and literacy — the ability to connect place, space and time — to help address our most challenging global issues, including those connected with population growth, urbanization, environmental sustainability and human well-being.

Many county residents are struggling with life’s basics: housing, health care, food and education. The latest USC Dornsife-Union Bank LABarometer report brings new data to an old problem — the accessibility and affordability of essentials.

How You Can Help

Support for USC Dornsife’s signature initiative, The Academy in the Public Square, helps bring the expertise of our scholars beyond the academy walls. With the generosity of our community, we can address complex issues with scholarship and come closer to becoming a model of research universities being a go-to source for expertise.

  • Contributions to Public Exchange helps make academic expertise accessible to professionals in the private and public sectors who are tackling society’s most complex issues. Through donor support, Public Exchange can continue to accelerate and amplify USC’s social impact.

  • USC Dornsife is carving out a distinctive leadership role that emphasizes our collective responsibility and limitless opportunities to safeguard our planet for future generations.

  • Explore how psychological, cultural, social, economic, ethical and biological factors influence our lives and, most importantly, our health.

  • The Center for the Political Future seeks to open those pathways by combining rigorous intellectual inquiry, teaching and practical politics to create a new model for political discourse.

Make Your Gift

Your gift attracts the top students, funds the next big breakthrough and supports a community of scholars committed to tackling the most pressing issues we face as a society.

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