Trojans Together Again: Fall 2021

USC and the Community

Across USC, staff, faculty and students are listening to and partnering with their neighbors in Los Angeles. Perhaps some of the most significant evidence of these relationships comes in the form of  the Department of Public Safety Community Advisory Board, which issued recommendations this summer to improve safety hand in hand with L.A. residents. See more about USC’s partnerships with the community below.

USC DPS officers talking to students

Community input helps shape advisory board recommendations to enhance public safety at USC

The report from the Department of Public Safety Community Advisory Board recommends steps aimed at strengthening trust between the university, DPS and the broader community and making security more equitable.

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Two local shop owners near USC smile for the camera with their fists up.

Trojan Shop Local campaign encourages USC family to support businesses

The effort includes a scavenger hunt for students to spur them to visit and frequent nearby shops and cafes.

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Riley McGuire, Assistant Chief Alma Burke, Monica Caris

How a student project led to autism training at USC’s Department of Public Safety

Master’s students Monica Caris and Riley McGuire just wanted to educate people about autism, but already their capstone project has become part of yearly officer training.

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Hire LA Youth Students on campus after our culmination breakfast

Local students got summer jobs at USC

Over 50 local high school and community college students were placed at USC’s campuses through the City of LA’s Hire LA’s Youth program. The program is a first-time job experience for many of the students.

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Knitted caps for babies

Students knit caps for premature babies

Kathryn Huang and her family didn’t realize that the simple act of learning to knit would ultimately lead to an organization devoted to keeping babies warm in the neonatal ICU.

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Pastor Stafford and Tamara Chambers

South LA pastors partner with USC and other agencies to encourage vaccination

The VaccinateLA health campaign connects community organizations in South and East Los Angeles with vaccines, doctors and other resources.

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Associate Teacher Jenny Jimenez helps Emily Claudio, 4, with her milk carton on her first day of school.

In-person learning returns as USC’s School for Early Childhood Education launches summer program

Kids and teachers reunite with smaller classes that will allow faculty and staff to focus on safety protocols in advance of a full fall return.

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Frank Jauch, far right, watches Sandra Valencia, LVN, center right, administer a COVID-19 vaccination to Kevin Mowrey, center left, while Brett Feldman, PA, left, talks with him.

Street Medicine team reaches out to people experiencing homelessness

The Street Medicine team, part of Keck Medicine of USC and the Keck School of Medicine of USC, administers COVID vaccinations to the homeless, sometimes going directly to campsites or nearby meeting points outside of their clinic.

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A USC graduate student encourages a student who is programming a robot.

Staff member and alum brings STEM to kids

Darin Gray left a successful engineering career to inspire children and teens. He’s helping neighborhood kids gain confidence in science, math and tech.

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