Update: President’s Culture Commission

Dear USC community,

I am pleased to share with you an update from the President’s Culture Commission.

This group was established with the charge of advising me on the strategic direction of USC’s commitment to embrace a culture of care, concern, consultation, and compliance.  As I reported in my earlier letters, we have taken important initial steps on this journey, including the creation of the Office of Professionalism and Ethics, the appointment of two university ombuds, and continual improvements at USC Student Health that include the recruitment of several board-certified physicians and the expansion of counseling and mental health services.

These are important first steps, but sustainable, long-term change requires listening to each other and engagement from all of us.

To that end, the commission has approved a process to engage thoughtfully with our USC community about our values across the university, with the framework of the Barrett Values Centre, which is briefly described in the attached update.

We hope this undertaking will result in a profound re-investment of our community in both ourselves and our university.

I look forward to working with you, and hearing from you, as we make this journey together.

Wanda M. Austin
Interim President