New Strategic Plan Initiatives

Our 2018 Strategic Plan: Answering the Call charts our path forward as a leading global research university by asking us to re-commit to our core academic and societal values, to invest in people who embody entrepreneurial, convergent, and inclusive spirits, to invent the future and support our communities, and to reinvent higher education for the 21st Century. The plan is …

March 2018 ASB Navajo Nation Trip (photo/Vanessa Gomez Brake)

USC and the Native American community

We are working every day to become a more inclusive university at which faculty, students, and staff of all backgrounds feel welcome, comfortable, valued, and supported. We do not pay lip service with these efforts; we are making structural changes in policy and practice across the university.

Engineers Develop New Portable Malaria Screening Instrument

According to the World Health Organization, over 216 million people were infected with malaria in 2016, and 445,000 individuals died from the disease. The key to solving this health crisis is early-stage diagnosis when malaria therapeutics are most effective. A new prototype for a portable instrument capable of early-stage malaria detection has been developed by a team of researchers at …

The Pop-Up DREAM Center has launched

This April marked the soft launch of our Pop-Up DREAM Center, a resource center for USC’s undocumented and DACAmented students, staff, faculty, and others. It has been made possible by the Department of American Studies & Ethnicity, the IDEAS Movement at USC, the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, and the Center for Urban Education.

Professor Beauregard-USC Photo-Gus Ruelas)

Spring Semester Stress — and Help

Spring Semester can be a stressful time as we work toward final projects and exams, grades, commencement in a scant few weeks — is that even possible? — and deal with the myriad other matters that must be completed before the academic year draws to a close.

Excellence in Teaching

USC’s first priority is the education of our students. As we continue our momentous ascent and assume the responsibilities of the most influential private research university of the 21st century serving the public good, we must reaffirm our commitment to our core academic principles, equipping our students to face contemporary global challenges, helping them acquire wisdom, insight, and a love …

2018 Zumberge Diversity and Inclusion Grant Awardees

I want to share some great news today: five of our stellar faculty members have been awarded significant grants from the James H. Zumberge Faculty Research and Innovation Fund’s Diversity and Inclusion Grant program. It’s a mouthful to say, but the funds are absolutely critical – they support research and scholarship that addresses critical gaps in knowledge on equity, diversity, and inclusion, …

Office of Research Strategic Plan for Diversity and Inclusion 2018

I am pleased to introduce the USC Office of Research Strategic Plan 2018, the result of invaluable contributions from leaders across the USC community. Randolph Hall, Vice President of Research, and Silvia da Costa, Director of Faculty Research Relations, led the effort that included Leana Golubchik and Ricky Bluthenthal, who guided the Academic Senate/Provost University Research Committee in 2017 and …

Hahn Plaza (USC Photo Gus Ruelas)

Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

From an official communication from Provost Michael Quick: “The challenges of diversity, inclusion and equity traverse our national history and every sector of society, including higher education.  They strike at heart of our sense of justice and equal opportunity, and our sense of who we are – our national and global identity.

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Mindful USC

Wellness and the promotion of mental, physical, and emotional health are longstanding priorities of the faculty, staff, and student communities at USC. As a way of proactively addressing wellness on campus, we launched Mindful USC four years ago as a secular, university-wide initiative focused on positive health outcomes and learning experiences for our campus community, especially in terms of stress …

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USC Statement on Free Speech

USC has long had established policies protecting the free speech rights and academic freedom of faculty and students. In both policy and practice, when USC faculty speak or write as citizens, they are free of institutional censorship or discipline. And academic freedom at USC protects all faculty. We vigorously defend these principles for faculty of every status and type of …

Homeless Count

USC Community Gives Back

The last six weeks have been a challenging time for many members of our USC community. The hurricane in Puerto Rico left that island devastated. Hurricanes also struck Florida, Texas, and Louisiana. Earthquakes occurred in Mexico. Fires are raging in California. And, of course, the horrific mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas that had ramifications on our campus…

USC’s Principles of Community

Dear USC Students, Faculty, and Staff, I welcome all of you, new and returning, to the 2017-18 school year, and I hope that it will be successful, productive, and personally meaningful…

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Steering Committees for USC’s Commitment to Confronting 21st Century Challenges

As one of the world’s leading research universities, it is incumbent upon USC to bring to bear its breadth and depth of scholarship, its history of innovation, and its collaborative spirit on the most complex problems and challenges of the 21st Century. To that end, I am pleased to announce USC’s commitment to confronting such issues head-on…