As the child of refugees from Vietnam, Vanessa “Vanni” Le held two very important jobs for most of her youth: interpreter and advocate for her parents. “There are people out there who would judge my parents’ intelligence based on the way they speak English,” said Le, who was born in Orange County, California and moved to Tampa, Florida when she was 7. "It was really frustrating to see them...
Diversity and Inclusion
July 13, 2020, The Conversation " Smartphone witnessing becomes synonymous with Black patriotism after George Floyd’s death ," by Allissa Richardson (faculty)
July 10, 2020, FOX 11 Los Angeles " Culture Conversations: Racial profiling, building generational wealth and documenting police brutality " ( Allissa Richardson quoted)... Read more
The messages on this page express our faculty’s commitment to using their research, practice, teaching and scholarship to actively, openly and compassionately engage with and advance progress on issues of race and social justice. Visit the “A Path Forward” page , a space we have created for the USC Annenberg... Read more
Driving down Highway 62 on the way to Joshua Tree National Park, Francisco, one of the 20 high school students on the bus, noticed something different about the landscape. If he ever moved here, he told the group, he’d open up his own roadside taco stand, like the ones near his home in South Los Angeles. That way, he’d give people a taste of where he’s from.
When Jessica Flores had the opportunity to report on the recovery from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico one year after the storm, she knew what topic she wanted to pursue.
Kyle Le was living in Saigon, teaching history and producing YouTube videos about food and travel, when he got an unusual request.
After World War II, when the Japanese American community returned to Los Angeles after having been forced into internment camps, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Koreatown opened its doors to those who had nowhere else to go. Now, thanks to some committed Trojans, the church is once again opening its doors — this time for college students who don’t have a place to sleep at night.
Skateboarders are known for their tenacity, creativity and focus. USC experts want to figure out how they can use those skills to prosper in college, work and beyond.