A Year Together Apart and a Salute to Staff: Spring 2021

Culture and Values

USC is stronger for the rich voices and variety of its people. Last year, we celebrated the life experiences and broad background of our Trojan Family in a series of events, from Juneteenth commemorations to Latinx Heritage Month. Diversity also was one of the values held up as vital by the USC community in our Culture Journey. This process has enabled USC to identify its core values, align behaviors with these values and create ways to improve our systems, processes and culture. See more in the stories that follow.

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USC community commemorates Juneteenth with virtual celebration

Professors, administrators and students all shared words of remembrance and personal stories at the university’s inaugural Juneteenth event.

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Why diversity in clinical trials matters

Having a wider array of people participating in medical research is crucial to advancing care for all patients.

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Training and diversifying the next generation of Alzheimer’s researchers

The inaugural class of the IMPACT-AD program, which is co-directed by a USC professor, will educate 35 professionals at various career stages on conducting more diverse clinical trials.

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Model mentors and mentees

Whether they’re professors, alumni or students, these women have forged lasting bonds of STEM inspiration and fellowship.

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USC’s Jody Armour champions the rise of the ‘progressive prosecutor’ movement

The law professor makes a forceful case for making changes to fight mass incarceration and systemic racism.

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Trust, Listen, Respect

Faculty, staff and students chart USC’s future through ‘Culture Journey’

Thousands are voicing their values and vision for how the university should reshape itself, through a process underway across USC’s campuses and centers.

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USC kicked off Black History Month with universitywide celebration

The online event featured students, faculty, staff and community members with the theme “Black History in the Making.”

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