Chronology

October 2017: PwC brought its diversity training, “Blind Spots: Challenging Assumptions to Build Inclusive Leaders,” to the USC campus as part of its recruiting efforts with the Marshall School of Business and Leventhal School of Accounting. (USC Marshall)

September 2017: USC’s Rossier School of Education launched the Center for Empowered Learning and Development with Technology (CELDT) under the direction of Associate Professor of Education and Psychology Brendesha Tynes. (USC Rossier)

September 2017: The USC Gould School of Law’s Immigration Clinic kicked off free citizenship clinics to help students, staff, faculty and community members complete and file naturalization applications. (USC News)

May 2017: USC News profiled the USC LGBT Health Equity Initiative, designed to bring together scholars, community leaders, and experts in LGBT health to advance research, collaboration, training and outreach to build awareness and promote social change.

March 2017: The George Lucas Family Foundation expanded its support of student diversity with a second $10 million endowment to the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The new gift, announced by School of Cinematic Arts Dean Elizabeth M. Daley, raises the foundation’s student diversity support effort to $20 million. (USC News)

January 2017: USC announced that diversity and inclusion expert Dr. Shaun R. Harper will return to the university in July, joining the USC Rossier School of Education as the Clifford and Betty Allen Professor in Urban Leadership, and will launch the USC Race and Equity Center. (USC News)

September 2016Women of Cinematic Arts, an organization founded at USC in 2005, launched its first annual Feminist Media Festival. (USC News)

June 2016: The Political Science and International Relations (POIR) PhD program hosted the first POIR Predoctoral Summer Institute for First-Generation and Minority Scholars. (USC News)

May 2016: USC released student and faculty diversity numbers. (USC News)

April 2016: Graduate students from the USC Price School of Public Policy and USC School of Social Work joined the third annual Students of Color and Allies Policy Forum, which addressed issues of race and social justice in planning, policy, development, and social work. (USC News)

April 2016: USC Price School of Public Policy Associate Professor Juliet Musso helped organize the spring conference of the Association of Public Policy and Management, which brought researchers and graduate students together to consider how analytics can be more relevant in addressing social justice, diversity, and inclusion. (USC News)

March 2016: USC President C. L. Max Nikias received the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association’s 2016 Diversity Award, awarded to an organization or individual whose proactive efforts increase cultural, ethnic and gender diversity within the Electrical and Computer Engineering student body and among ECE faculty. Nikias’ recognition was based on his efforts to boost diversity across USC’s student population. (USC News)

March 2016: USC announced a university-wide diversity initiative focusing on graduate students to launch with programs and stipend opportunities. In a campus-wide memorandum, USC Vice Provost of Academic and Faculty Affairs Elizabeth Graddy and Vice Provost for Graduate Programs Sally Pratt outlined the Graduate Initiative for Diversity, Inclusion and Access (DIA), a three-pronged approach to not only increase diversity among incoming graduate students, but also boost funding for incoming students who contribute to campus diversity, expand outreach to minority-serving Los Angeles-area colleges, and broaden academic support for students. (USC News)

February 2016: In his annual State of the University Address, President C. L. Max Nikias said that USC will not be satisfied until the Trojan Family is united in a shared commitment to justice and equality and urged the university community to seize the time as an opportunity to stand strong for inclusion. (USC News)

The following is a chronology of updates regarding diversity and inclusivity climate on campus, from October – December, 2015.

January 20, 2016: The university hosts an open forum on campus climate, titled, “Where We Have Been, Where We Are Going,” was sponsored by the USC Office of the Provost and the USC Dornsife Office for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives. Read the article from The Daily Trojan.

December 8, 2015: Refer to the updates in the Meeting Summaries, Events, Programs and Trainings, and Diversity and Inclusion sections for detailed information stemming from this meeting.


December 1, 2015 meeting summary: Members of the Provost’s Diversity Task Force met for the second time on December 1, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  The focus of this meeting was to learn more about the climate resolutions authored by Undergraduate and Graduate Student Governments. The Task Force discussed several items including: student, faculty, and staff representation on the Task Force; methods to share meeting information with the community; and a few immediate action items.

The Task Force discussed formation of a 30-40 member Advisory Board to the Provost Task Force to broaden representation from key stakeholder populations. The Task Force also endorsed a few time-sensitive action items: (1) development and coordination of Diversity Training for new Student Leaders in spring 2016; (2) conference for school-based Diversity Liaisons in spring 2016; and (3) Diversity Awareness Education for students living in USC Residence Halls. The next meeting of the Provost’s Diversity Task Force is scheduled for Tuesday, December 8th. This meeting will focus on the climate resolution for Academic Senate.


December 1, 2015: Dean Jack H. Knott of the USC Price School of Public Policy announces a new school-wide initiative, The Initiative on Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusion. Building on the school’s commitment to social justice, the initiative is led by a task force comprised of students, faculty, and staff, and focuses on hiring diverse faculty and staff, student recruitment, fostering a supportive environment, making diversity a key policy issue, and supporting outreach activities that engage in shaping public dialogue and policy.


November 20, 2015: The 10-member Provost’s Diversity Task Force holds its first meeting. The committee reviewed the Provost’s memorandum and committee charge, discussed themes of the three climate resolutions, and explored options for tackling the work.

The climate resolutions had four themes: staffing structure for diversity administration, education, data sharing, and space/resource allocation. The committee also recognized the need to determine a vehicle to include input from members of the community outside the task force.

Three options were discussed: (1) break into subcommittees that invite USC community members to participate or (2) remain intact and invite input from the community based on topics of discussion. The committee elected to remain intact and invite members of the community to discussions based on topics. The committee also determined December 1 and December 8 were the next two committee meetings. The December 1 meeting will focus on inviting student authors to discuss climate resolutions. The December 9 meeting will focus on authors of Academic Senate to discuss their climate resolution. Dates and locations for spring 2016 meetings are to be determined.


November 19, 2015: President C. L. Max Nikias meets with USG President and Vice President to discuss campus climate.


November 17, 2015: Co-chairs of the Provost’s Diversity Task Force host meeting with student government leadership (undergraduate and graduate) to discuss provost’s memorandum and composition of Provost’s Diversity Task Force.


November 16, 2015: Provost Michael W. Quick sends message to the USC Community, “Access and Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion.”


November 12, 2015: Provost Michael W. Quick and Vice President of Student Affairs Ainsley Carry hold a public meeting with student leaders and key authors of the campus climate resolution passed by the Undergraduate Student Government at an open forum in the United University Church.


October 21, 2015: “Proposal for Policy Change on Campus Climate” is submitted by the Academic Senate Campus Climate Committee.


October 20, 2015: USG resolution “Reform USC’s Campus Climate” is passed.


October 19, 2015: GSG resolution “The Establishment of Campus Climate Initiatives” is passed.