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Here’s one way to get more diversity in science and health fields ⟩
December 18, 2019

Alumni Chan in the Media Community and Partners Diversity, Access, Equity

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.

By Eric Lindberg / USC Today USC's STAR program brings together students from Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School, like Nirali Patel, center, to work with USC faculty members on research. (USC Photo/Eric Lindberg) Jenny Martínez speaks up for people who don’t have a voice in the health…

New admissions director looks to help applicants tame the grad school jungle ⟩
November 4, 2019

Academics and Courses Diversity, Access, Equity Faculty

Alumna Arameh Anvarizadeh working towards a holistic admissions process

By Mike McNulty Arameh Anvarizadeh, director of admissions and associate clinical professor "Maybe it's the leo — the lioness — in me, wanting to tame the jungle," says Associate Clinical Professor Arameh Anvarizadeh ’05, MA ’06, OTD ’07, who has been newly appointed as director of…

Sook-Lei Liew featured in new GoldieBlox YouTube show highlighting STEM-based career paths ⟩
July 24, 2019

Chan in the Media Diversity, Access, Equity Faculty Technology

Series part of Lyda Hill Philanthropies’ IF/THEN initiative

Today, children’s multimedia company GoldieBlox and IF/THEN, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, launch a new YouTube series, Fast Forward Girls. The show follows the journey of young women as they learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers in the real world by…

Troy Camp kids return to forest years later — as USC students ⟩
July 19, 2019

Chan in the Media Community and Partners Diversity, Access, Equity Faculty

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.

By Eric Lindberg / USC Today Andrew "Jupiter" Oropeza, front center, attended Troy Camp as a kid. Now the USC undergrad is giving back as a cabin counselor. (Photo/Courtesy of Celso "Grinder" Delgado Jr.) They are powerful role models who bond with their campers over shared experiences and empower…

Obtiene la maestría en USC con el apoyo de la Iniciativa Vecinal para niños del sur Los Ángeles / Earning her USC master’s degree with support from the Neighborhood Initiative for South L.A. children ⟩
May 8, 2019

Chan in the Media Community and Partners Diversity, Access, Equity Students

Viviana Padilla inició sus esfuerzos escolares de la mano de su padre hace 17 años; el ya no vivió para verla terminar sus estudios / Viviana Padilla began her scholastic efforts with the guidance of her father 17 years ago; He did not live to see her finish her studies

Viviana Padilla, member of USC Chan's graduating class of 2019 (Photo by Aurelia Ventura/La Opinion) By Araceli Martínez Ortega / La Opinión Viviana Padilla le tiene un gran regalo a sus padres, su graduación de su maestría en terapia ocupacional por la Universidad del Sur de California (USC).…

DAE Committee brings fresh perspective to the issue of diversity in the Chan Division ⟩
January 17, 2019

Diversity, Access, Equity Faculty Students

By Evan Nicholas It’s widely accepted that institutions of higher learning have an ethical obligation to promote diversity, but a growing body of evidence suggests that, within healthcare professions, diversity is much more than a moral issue. In the United States, people of color still die most…

USC Chan welcomes Rebecca Aldrich to faculty ⟩
September 26, 2018

Diversity, Access, Equity Faculty Research

Alumna’s research expertise includes occupational perspectives on marginalized populations.

By Mike McNulty It’s been a decade since the September 2008 Wall Street bankruptcies that symbolically marked the start of America’s Great Recession. Yet while today’s jobless claims have fallen to once-in-a-generation lows, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 1.3 million Americans are…

Faculty Q&A for World Autism Awareness Day ⟩
April 2, 2018

Autism Diversity, Access, Equity Events Faculty

Linsey Smith helps answer common questions about identity, language and experiential issues for autistic people (and people with autism).

Photo by Iker Urteag/Unsplash April 2 marks World Autism Awareness Day, a designated day when communities around the world host events and activities that increase understanding, support and acceptance for people living with autism. In recognition of World Autism Awareness Day 2018, Assistant…

Why I chose USC ⟩
March 19, 2018

Chan in the Media Diversity, Access, Equity Health and Wellness Students

Occupational therapy graduate student Joyce Yoo MA ’19 tells USC HSC News why she chose to pursue her education and training at USC Chan.

By Joyce Yoo MA ’19/USC HSC News Photo courtesy of Joyce Yoo "In order to share why I chose USC, I must first explain why I decided to pursue occupational therapy. Though it has many different definitions, I have defined OT as beautiful disruptions. It goes without saying that life is not…

Interview with student Kim Jones MA ’18 ⟩
February 23, 2018

Academics and Courses Diversity, Access, Equity Students

February is Black History Month, and Student Ambassador Erika Lim MA ’18 spoke with master's degree student Kim Jones MA ’18 about what led her to occupational therapy, her experiences as a student at USC Chan and how identity, authenticity and diversity enable occupational therapists to provide the best service possible.

Photo courtesy of Kim Jones Thanks for meeting with me, Kim! Let’s start with the simple stuff: Why did you choose to pursue a career in occupational therapy? I was in an Intro to Kinesiology class and the professor was talking about this “holistic perspective” and how occupational therapists…

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