Just as California in prior centuries was seen as the land of opportunity, now megacities play that role. Los Angeles is an engine of economic development, an arena for political and cultural pluralism, a stage for individual expression and collective action, a fount of artistic creativity, a laboratory to test notions of sustainability and security, and the seedbed of innovation. USC has much to contribute, and to gain, by seizing the inherent opportunities in Los Angeles.

In the coming years, we will forge more and deeper partnerships with the creative industries of Los Angeles, such as in the media industries, Silicon Beach, and the Arts District, by creating joint research programs and internship opportunities for students. We will create an interschool arts program that fosters arts experiences and civic engagement across the city. We will leverage our two university museums as touchpoints for community engagement with the university. And we will use Los Angeles to enrich curricula at all levels.