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

United for Good

When we all put our energy behind a common goal, the USC family can make a huge difference to our neighborhood and our nation. In 2020, many of our neighbors needed help. Jobs lost to an economy battered by the pandemic left many struggling, but Trojans reached out with food and support. On the other side, our USC health care professionals and researchers came together to fight COVID-19 with science. Learn more about their fight, below.

Chanos Mexican Restaurant

Students get creative to support University Park businesses during pandemic

USC Marshall seniors put their entrepreneurial mindset to work, creating and selling T-shirts to raise money for struggling L.A. restaurants and shops.

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Keck medicine employees receiving PPE equipment

USC faculty and staff donate gear to protect caregivers during coronavirus crisis

As Keck Medicine of USC health care workers seek masks, eyewear and other equipment to guard them from the new coronavirus, their colleagues across the university and beyond are stepping up.

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USC employees offloading food from a truck

In the face of a pandemic, USC and partners provide food for those in need

More than 1,000 bags’ worth of fresh fruit, vegetables and bread are now flowing through nearby communities, thanks to a growing, university-led effort.

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Jasser Cepeda, left, delivers food and books to local resident Alex DeLeon

USC and LAPD deliver care packages to local communities

USC’s public safety officers have teamed up with local police to distribute supplies to families in university-adjacent neighborhoods.

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Red Cross technician Camille Costantino checks on USC fire safety specialist Jarrin Black,

USC blood drive collects enough donations to save hundreds of lives

With safety measures in place to protect against COVID-19, the USC Heroes United campaign collected a goal-surpassing 192 units of blood over two days.

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Galen Center Voting Site

Galen Center serves as a voting site

USC’s Galen Center, home to the Trojan men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams, served as a voting site from Oct. 30 through Election Day on Nov. 3, 2020.

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USC student volunteering to help the homeless sites on a wall in front of supplies

Student-created nonprofit pushes for water accessibility solutions

Volunteers raise $400,000 for Water Drop LA to get drinking water to people experiencing homelessness.

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Dr. Richard Dang at Dodger Stadium's COVID-19 testing site

USC School of Pharmacy teams vaccinate frontline health care workers

Pharmacy students give shots to nursing assistants and other workers in Lincoln Heights neighborhood.

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USC tackles vaccination inequities with community COVID-19 vaccine clinic

Keck Medicine of USC representatives worked with community leaders, went door to door and even set up a shuttle to help unvaccinated Los Angeles residents get their first shots.

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