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Global Initiatives

Students organize bake sale to benefit Ukrainian refugees >
April 20, 2022

Events Global Initiatives Students

Proceeds will be donated to three humanitarian organizations.

By Danny Park (Photo by Abraham Ramirez) From April 18-21, Global Initiatives is hosting a bake sale fundraiser to benefit organizations supporting the 2.6 million Ukrainian refugees who have fled to Poland. The fundraiser is spearheaded by student Natasha Hikita MA ’23, whose family in Poland is…

Park running in 2022 AOTA elections >
February 16, 2022

Associations and Bodies Faculty Global Initiatives

Director of Global Initiatives looks to elevate association's mission on global stage.

Danny Park, director of USC Chan's Global Initiatives and associate professor of clinical occupational therapy, is running for elected position as the American Occupational Therapy Association's Alternate Delegate to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. The election website is open…

A USC Chantastic Friendsgiving Celebration >
November 22, 2021

Diversity, Access, Equity Events Global Initiatives International Students

by Dr. Danny Park On Thursday, November 18, the USC Chan student community came together to celebrate Friendsgiving in one of the largest in-person community gatherings hosted by the Division since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 90 students from all Chan academic programs…

USC Chan Global Initiatives Shines Light on Diwali >
November 4, 2021

Diversity, Access, Equity Events Global Initiatives International Students

by Dr. Danny Park Many of USC Chan's international students from India hosted a Diwali Celebration today during lunchtime, sharing traditional foods such as chakali (a spiral snack made of rice flour, chickpea, and black gram), burfi (a sweet milk-based dessert), laddos (ball-shaped sweets made with…

Fright On! USC Chan Global Initiatives Celebrates Halloween >
October 29, 2021

Events Global Initiatives International Students

by Dr. Danny Park The USC Chan international student community celebrated Halloween by dressing up in costumes and attending a screening of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” at a “Spooky Movie Night” hosted by the Division’s Global Initiatives office. Many of our Division’s international…

Finding Global Community and Connection in 2021 >
February 23, 2021

Global Initiatives International Pandemic Students

As we say goodbye to a tumultuous year, all of us at Global Initiatives wish to send our warmest greetings of friendship to all of you, whether you are reading this blog locally in Los Angeles or around the world.

By Daniel Park, OTD, OTR/L Director of Global Initiatives and Associate Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy As we hope that 2021 brings healing to our lives, we know that now more than ever, coming together as a global community is all the more important. Here in the United States, the…

Chan Community Commission meets the moment >
August 19, 2020

Community and Partners Diversity, Access, Equity Events Faculty Global Initiatives Pandemic Students

How student-leaders, faculty and staff kept the division connected during USC’s first fully remote semester.

By Kayla Johari MA ’21 and Calvin Lee MA ’21 During the Summer 2020 semester — the first full academic semester spent away from campus due to the Covid-19 pandemic — the Chan Community Commission (CCC) was assembled to support the incoming Class of 2022. The commission joined USC Chan…

Creating a virtual community for international students >
May 13, 2020

Global Initiatives International Pandemic Students

Amidst a global pandemic and powered by online technology, USC Chan's Global Initiatives proves that it's a small, small world.

By Areli Benitez MA ’19, OTD ’20 and Mariah Morris MA ’19, OTD ’20 A vibrant, virtual world has grown within USC Chan's Global Initiatives during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. From virtual hangouts on Friday afternoons, to hosting an international mentorship panel with recent USC Chan…

Summer English program to speed international student successes >
February 6, 2014

Academics and Courses Global Initiatives International

The USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy's Global Initiatives office launched the Summer Occupational Therapy Immersion (SOTI) program in early February. SOTI is a four-week summer program specifically designed for international occupational therapists who are considering…