Here’s one way to get more diversity in science and health fields
When you don’t know any doctors or scientists, it can be tough to imagine becoming one. The USC STAR program introduces teens to real lab work, and it’s one of many initiatives supported by the university’s Good Neighbors Campaign.
Jenny Martínez speaks up for people who don’t have a voice in the health care system and ensures they’re treated with dignity.
A scientist and expert in occupational therapy for nearly a decade, Martínez studies how to best care for older adults and people with debilitating injuries. She also passes along her wisdom to the next generation as a university professor. The published researcher teaches students how to conduct studies and serve patients with respect.
It might be surprising, then, to hear that she was once a teenager unsure of her place in science. Martínez remembers feeling a little scared, apprehensive and intimidated the first time she entered a research lab on USC’s Health Sciences Campus as a junior in high school.
Back then, it all seemed so overwhelming. Lab benches teeming with complicated equipment. Scientists busily buzzing around with an air of knowledge. USC students setting up their experiments with confidence.
For Martínez, going to college and pursuing a career in a STEM field felt foreign and out of reach — even though she loved science. She knew only a few kids from her East Los Angeles neighborhood who were in college, let alone studying science or engineering… read more
To show their appreciation for families in the nearby community, the USC Leslie and William McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative partnered with USC Hospitality to provide a warm holiday dinner.
The holidays, while joyous, can be a difficult time for many, as working families with time and budget commitments are often put under additional strain. That’s why the USC Leslie and William McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative partnered with USC Hospitality to provide a holiday meal for local families, many of which are hard-working people caught in the financial crunch of living in an expensive area.
“We wanted to provide a great meal to members of our local community,” said Carlos Perez of USC Hospitality. “The dinner provided is more of an appreciation. These are working families, and the goal was to create a setting that was welcoming and provides a break for one evening.”… read more
The annual dinner honoring USC faculty and staff who donated 1% of their salary featured Good Neighbors alumni and President Carol L. Folt.
USC celebrated the impact of its Good Neighbors Campaign — through which university faculty and staff make payroll donations to support the neighboring communities — with Thursday’s annual dinner honoring those who contribute 1% of their salary to the program.
Ariel Caballero, the night’s keynote speaker, told the donors in attendance how the Good Neighbors Campaign-funded “After ‘Cool” program helped transform his life. Caballero credits that program — organized by the 24th Street Theatre, located several blocks from the USC University Park Campus — with giving him the… read more
Donors, volunteers and community partners came together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the campaign that has generated over $25 million for more than 900 community-based programs.
USC’s Good Neighbors Campaign continued its tradition of local support by awarding $1.4 million to community partners and educational partnership groups.
“You are all making a difference,” said Carolina Castillo, campaign director for the Good Neighbors Campaign, to a room of donors, volunteers and community partners… read more
They created unforgettable memories as children in USC’s mentorship program. Now these Trojans are helping the next generation of campers build confidence and make lifelong friends.
Few things have changed Andrew “Jupiter” Oropeza’s life as much as Troy Camp.
A shy kid, he often spent recess at John W. Mack Elementary School buried in a book. The weeklong trip into the mountains with the popular USC student-run camp and mentorship initiative helped him come out of his shell.
Troy Camp counselors also tutored him and gave him advice on SAT prep and college applications. He gained practical skills through Troy Camp’s high school leadership program, like getting his driver’s license and learning how to open a bank account and save money. Read more.