USC Dornsife’s Joint Educational Project celebrates a year of service
Martin Kast accepts the USC Dornsife Award for Exceptional Service, which was awarded to him and his wife Sylvia for generously sharing their time and expertise with JEP. Photo by Yifan Zheng.

USC Dornsife’s Joint Educational Project celebrates a year of service

Students and faculty are recognized for their work in the community.
ByUSC Dornsife Communication Staff

Students, faculty, staff and members of the community gathered on April 11 at Town and Gown on the University Park Campus to celebrate the accomplishments of USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences’ Joint Educational Project (JEP) participants.

The annual dinner recognizes students and faculty who have made significant contributions to communities in the Los Angeles area through their work with JEP and other service organizations at USC during the academic year. 

“But beyond celebrating good work, the dinner allows us to share stories of the transformative effect of service — not just on the community but on the individuals who engage in this work,” said JEP Executive Director Susan Harris.

Award Recipients: 

USC Dornsife Award for Exceptional Service

Martin Kast and Sylvia Kast

Read about the cancer education workshop Martin and Sylvia Kast developed for students in JEP’s Young Scientists Program >> 

Barbara Seaver Gardner Award

Diana Acosta Valle

Richard “Dick” Cone Award

May Lin 

Desiree Benson Work-Study Grant

Stacey Lau

Grace Ford Salvatori Community Service Scholarship

Carol Abrajan

Stacey Lau

Tasfia Jahangir

JEP Award for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research

Stephanie Bower

John R. Murray

Read more about the writing program Bower and Murray developed for ex-prisoners >>

Extraordinary Community Service Award

Carmen Noyola

Read more about Carmen Noyola and her goal to use her education to help former foster youth >>