Student Support at USC Annenberg

Annenberg Resource and Mentoring Program (ARM)

Eligibility: Open to new students (first-year and transfer)
Contact: Miki Turner, assistant professor of professional practice,

This one-on-one mentoring program pairs a student with a faculty or staff member, who provides advice and information on campus resources and insights. This program is designed to help students adjust academically and socially to the college experience.

The program runs throughout the academic year.


Seeing ME in the MEdia

Eligibility: Open to juniors, seniors and graduate students who identify as first-generation and/or BIPOC
Contact: Leticia Lozoya, director of alumni relations,

This student-to-alumni mentoring program supports students who identify as first-generation and/or BIPOC. A diverse and dedicated group of alumni mentors serve as advisors and role models to encourage career exploration and to discuss the professional and personal challenges facing first-gen and BIPOC students as they explore the communication and media industries.

Participants are required to check-in once a month for 30 minutes by phone or Zoom.

The program runs from October to March and is a partnership between USC Annenberg’s Career Development and Alumni Relations offices.


Student Communities

Eligibility: Open to all USC Annenberg students
Contact: Suzanne Alcantara, assistant dean of student affairs,

These groups, consisting of 5-7 students across majors and class standing, are designed to promote peer-to-peer connection and knowledge sharing. Each is facilitated by a USC Annenberg faculty member, staff member or alumna/us, exposing students to leaders with diverse expertise and experience from across the school.

Groups meet with their facilitators twice monthly over the course of the semester and are encouraged to meet with their student peers more frequently.

The program runs through the Fall semester.

Note: Designated peer groups may include: BIPOC, first-generation, international, LGBTQ, Spring admit, and transfer.


Meet USC Annenberg Mentors and Mentees

Miki and Reagan

Miki Turner, assistant professor of professional practice, guides Reagan Griffin Jr. ’23 as he pursues a career in sports journalism.

Mike and Bryan

Mike Ananny, associate professor of communication and journalism, and communication major Bryan Davis ’21 discuss the mutual benefits of mentorship through the ARM program.


Yvonne and Maricarmen

Yvonne Lara '16, AYSO's director of marketing and communication, connects with communication major Maricarmen Pedroza ’21 through the Seeing the ME in MEdia program.