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USC Diversity and Inclusion Awareness Week

USC Diversity and Inclusion Awareness Week offers a variety of interactive formats with the goal of providing faculty with outlets for discussion and exercises that are designed to develop the skills and resources to better address diversity and inclusion in various contexts.

The schedule is available for download; reservations are strongly recommended but are not required for most sessions. 

Session are subject to change. 

Email diversityinclusionweek@usc.edu for the most up-to-date information. See the current schedule below:

  • Reservations are strongly recommended but are not required for most sessions.
  • For theatrical productions, reservations are required.
  • For lunchtime sessions, lunch will only be provided to persons that have previously reserved a seat.
  • Questions should be directed to diversityinclusionweek@usc.edu.
  • (s) = session available for students
  • (f) = session available for faculty and staff

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 2018

ACPA & ASHE Presidential Symposium on Racism, Recovery and Racial Justice 
Shaun Harper, Lorri Davis & Stephen John Quaye
USC Race and Equity Center
Co-sponsored by the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and The American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
10-5pm, USC Galen Center Founders’ Club (s, f)

Engaging Communities in Participatory Research to Eliminate Health Disparities
Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati
Center for Excellence in Research
12-1pm, HSC BCC, Capacity: 100* (f)

Understanding Allyship: Mental Health
Jonathan Wang & Quade Yoo Song French
Student Affairs
12-1pm, Location TBD (s, f)

Diversity in Human Subjects Research
Kristin Craun
Center for Excellence in Research
2-4pm, HSC BCC, Capacity: 100* (f)

Diversity and Inclusion Syllabus Checklist: A Tool for Course Review
Katherine C Guevara & Robert Sweeney
Center for Excellence in Teaching
1-2pm, SOS B49, Capacity: 24* (f)
(Note: this is a basement room with elevator access available through the connected WPH building basement)

Cast the Net Widely: Effective Diversity Strategies for Hiring Initiatives
Darline Robles, Larry Picus & Morgan Polikoff
USC Rossier School of Education
3-4pm, WPH 403, Capacity: 50* (f)

Approaching Difficult Conversations
Nicholas De Dominic, Taiyaba Husain & Benjamin Pack USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
The Writing Program
5-6pm, Location TBD

Expressing Diversity of Ideas: the Whys and Hows for Students in the Classroom
Drs. Ruth White & Erica Li
USC Keck School of Medicine / USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
4-6pm, PSC B13 (s, f)

Expressing Diversity of Ideas: the Whys and Hows for Students in the Classroom
Drs. Ruth White & Erica Li
USC Keck School of Medicine / USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
6-8pm, PSC B13 (s, f)

 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2018 

Introduction to Strategic Questioning: A Strategy for Social Justice
World Trust
Ericka Huggins
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
11-1pm, Location TBD (f)

What the Office of Equity and Diversity Does At The University
John Jividen, Director – Office of Equity and Diversity
11-12pm, Location TBD (f)

Engaging in Effective Dialogue on Power and Oppression
Jeremy Goldbach & Riana Anderson Center for Excellence in Research
11-1pm, UPC Rosen Family Screening Theater (f)
Capacity: 75*

I Don’t See Colors and Other Myths of Cultural Competency
Lavonna Blair Lewis,
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
11-12:30pm, Location RGL 219 (s, f)

The Stewardship Model: An Inclusive Approach to Mentoring Undergraduate Research for Social Scientists 
Megan Becker & Ben Graham
School of International Relations
11-2pm, Location TBD (f)

Through a Systemic and Interpersonal Lens – White Privilege, Power and Culture: Challenging Our Educational Community
Debbie Winters & Neva Wallach
USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
11-1pm, MRF Hamovitch (f)

You Can Lead a Horse to Water, But You Can’t Make it Drink: Helping Students Understand Their Rights Under Title IX and Trusting Them to Decide Whether to Pursue Any Action
Kegan Allee-Moawad, Assistant Director of Office of Equity and Diversity
12-1pm, TCC 302 Alumni Center Salon (f)
Capacity: 40*

Understanding Allyship: Empowering First Generation Students
Moderator: Jonathan Wang, Director for USC Asian Pacific American Student Services
Mary Ho (USC Dornsife College of Arts and Sciences), Trista Beard (USC Norman Topping Program) & Richard Aviles (USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School
of Social Work)
USC Student Affairs
12-1pm, Location TBD (s, f)

TARGETing Diversity in the Workplace: Financial Literacy for Diverse Trojans
Career Center Staff and Invited Guests
12-1:30pm, STU-B3 (s)

Challenging Discussions: An Online Resource for Planning and Managing Difficult Classroom Discussions
Katherine C Guevara, Robert Sweeney, & Jason Sackett
Center for Excellence in Teaching
1-2pm, SOS B49 (f)
Capacity: 24*
(Note: this is a basement room with elevator access available through the connected WPH building basement)

Bias, Fairness and Justice: Are Algorithms the Solution or the Problem?
Jonathan Gratch
Center for Excellence in Research
1-2pm, UPC Rosen Family Screening Theater (f)
Capacity: 75*

Using AI for Social Good: Key Research Challenges, Applications and Results 
Milind Tambe
Center for Excellence in Research
Time and Location TBD (f)

Good Talk, Bro: Navigating Classroom Discussions About Marginalized Communities 
Carlos Antonio Delgado, Daniel Dissinger, Kate Levin & Stephanie Renee Payne
USC Dornsife College of Arts and Sciences The Writing Program
3-4pm, Location TBD (f)

Financial Services Diversity & Inclusion Panel
Laura Ponder, Donald Matthewson, James Staten and Dr. Yasmin Davidds; USC Finance Division & Women in Management; Alex Rhodes, Bank of America; Gabrielle Royal, Citigroup; Diedra Porche, JP Morgan Chase
3-5pm, Bashor Lounge – located within Heritage Hall (3501 Watt Way) (f)
Capacity : 85*

Visions and Voices: And Still We Rise / Women of Color Creating Community Through the Arts
Charmaine Jefferson & Guests
3:30-6pm, Doheny Memorial Library (DML) Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, Room 240 (s, f)

Speaking Truth to Power: Observing Black Educators’ Perspectives on the Ramifications of Challenging Racial Injustice Through the Systemic Racial Lens
Terrence Fitzgerald
Virtual Academic Center
4-5pm, Virtual Academic Center (online) (f)

Uniqueness in Togetherness: Creating and Celebrating the Diverse and Empathetic Community Through the Use of the Arts
Rafael Angulo & Michal Sela-Amit
USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
Arts Incubator
5-8pm, Location TBD (f)

Visions and Voices: Working the Public with Theaster Gates
7-9pm, California African American Museum Atrium (s, f)

 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018 

Introduction to Strategic Questioning: A Strategy for Social Justice
World Trust
Ericka Huggins
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
10-1pm, Michelson Hall (f)

#MeToo: Muslim and Transgender Individuals Too
Shafiqa Ahmadi & Darnell G. Cole
Center for Education, Identity and Social Justice
USC Rossier School of Education
11am-12pm, WPH 403 (s, f)

Business Services – Procurement Diversity Presentation
Rhonda Crawford
USC Small Business Diversity Office
11-1pm, Location University Club Scriptorium (f)

I Don’t See Colors and Other Myths of Cultural Competency
Lavonna Blair Lewis,
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
11-12:30pm, Location RGL 219 (s, f)

Understanding Allyship: Empowering Students on Issues of Race
Moderator: Jonathan Wang, Director for USC Asian Pacific American Student Services
Student Affairs
12-1pm, Location TBD (s, f)

TARGETing Diversity in the Workplace: Discover Your (Intersectional) Brand Identity 
Career Center Staff and Invited Guests
12-1:15pm, STU-B3 (s)

Supporting First Generation Professionals at USC Gould – Reflections from Year 3
Malissa Barnwell, Mary Ho & Trista Beard
USC Gould School of Law
1-2pm, Location TBD (f)

Enhancing the Success of College Students with Learning Differences, including ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Denise Kwok, Juliana Calhoun, Janice Schafrik, Janice Schafrik, Rashelle Nagata, Sourena Haj-Mohamadi, Ryan Terao & Patricia Tobey
USC Kortschak for Learning and Creativity
1-3pm, John McKay Center – Conference Room (f)
Capacity: 40*

The Engineer in All of Us
Anthony Maddox & John Brooks Slaughter
USC Rossier Center for Engineering in Education
2-3pm, MRF 204 (f)
Capacity: 25

Understanding Allyship: Things I Wish My Professor Knew
Moderator: Jonathan Wang, Director for USC Asian Pacific American
Student Services
1-2pm, Location TBD (s, f)

Faculty Hiring: Beyond Casting The Net
Patrick Noonan, Senior Complaint Investigator
Office of Equity and Diversity and Title IX Division
3-4:30pm, Location TBD (f)

Introduction to Strategic Questioning: A Strategy for Social Justice
World Trust
Ericka Huggins
USC Keck School of Medicine
3-5pm, Location TBD (f)

*** Keynote: Diversity and Inclusion: Cultivating Awareness and Understanding in Challenging Times ***
John Brooks Slaughter, USC Rossier School of Education and Viterbi School of Engineering
3-4pm, University Club Scriptorium (s, f)

*** The Provost’s Diversity and Inclusion Reception ***
4-6pm, University Club (s, f)

Two Sides: Docu-series and Discussion of Officer Involved Deaths in the African American Community
Moderated by Shaun Harper, Executive Director, USC Race and Equity Center
Julius Tennon and Lemuel Plummer, Executive Producers
Sponsored by USC Race and Equity Center, USC School of Cinematic Arts, USC Division of Student Affairs, Queena Hoang & Jonathan Wang (Asian Pacific American Student Services)
6-8pm, USC Scriptorium (s, f)

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018

Student Veteran Transition
Carl Castro
USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
10-11am, DML 240 (f)

Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Planning: Lessons from the Business World for Academic Settings 
USC Marshall School of Business
Deborah Langford, Director of Diversity and Inclusion USC Marshall School of Business
10-11am, Location TBD (f)

Diversity and Inclusion Syllabus Checklist: A Tool for Course Review
Katherine C Guevara & Robert Sweeney
Center for Excellence in Teaching
11-12pm, SOS B49 (f)
Capacity: 24*
(Note: this is a basement room with elevator access available through the connected WPH building basement)

Use Audiovisual Testimony to Powerfully Engage All Students in Your Classroom
Kori Street, Claudia Ramirez Wiedman & Stephen Smith
The USC Shoah Foundation
11-12pm, Location TBD (f)

#MeToo: What’s Next?
Lisa Leeman & Linda Brown
USC School of Cinematic Arts
1-2:30pm, School of Cinematic Arts Theater/SCA 112 (s, f)
Capacity: 70-106*

Understanding Allyship: Transgender Identity
Moderator: Jonathan Wang, Director for USC Asian Pacific American Student Services Student Affairs
12-1pm, Location TBD (s, f)

TARGETing Diversity in the Workplace: A Diverse Candidate’s Job Search 
Career Center
12-1:15, STU-B3 (s, f)

Say it Right! Basic Tips for Pronouncing Chinese Names
Jim Valentine, Tracy Levin, Yoey Cheng & Anne Goldman
Office of International Services
12-1pm, THH (f)

Humanizing the “Other” to Promote Dialogue in Co-Curricular Spaces
Kori Street, Claudia Ramirez Wiedman, & Stephen Smith
The USC Shoah Foundation
12-1pm, Location TBD (f)

The Transition Cycle of the Military/Veteran Student
Eduardo Tinoco & Win Shih
USC Libraries
1-2pm, Location DML 240 (f)

Delivering Culturally Responsive Lessons and Healthcare
Brinell Anderson
USC Keck School of Medicine
1-3pm TBD, HSC (f)

Elective Race: Identifying Race Discrimination in the Era of Racial Self-Definition
Camille Gear Rich
USC Gould School of Law
2-3pm, Location TBD (f)

Promoting Diversity & Inclusion Through Testimony – A Social Hour
Kori Street, Claudia Ramirez Wiedman, & Stephen Smith
The USC Shoah Foundation
3-4pm, Location TBD (f)

Recruitment Plus, a Roundtable Exploring New Strategies to Diversity
Writing Program Faculty Diversity Committee
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
4-5pm, Location TBD (f)

The Langston Hughes Project; Ask Your Mama
Ron McCurdy
USC Thornton School of Music
5-8pm, Location TBD (s, f)

Minority Report 2: Reflections on Race Relations in America
USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
6-8pm, USC Cammilleri Hall, Brain & Creativity Institute (s, f)

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 2018

Diversity and Inclusion in Course Materials: A Practical Approach
Elizabeth Galoozis
USC Libraries
11-12:30, Online Workshop (f)

Faculty Diversity Recruitment and Retention: Strategic Opportunities
Sharoni Little
USC Marshall School of Business
11-12pm, Fertitta Hall (JFF), Room 239 (f)

Addressing Sexual Harassment Through a Consent Culture: A USC and National SEED Project Collaborative
Renee Smith-Maddox & Anita Dashiell-Sparks
USC Suzanne Dworak Peck School of Social Work Diversity & Inclusion Committee
11-1pm, MRF Hamovitch (f)

Lunch and Learn: LGBT Health: Without Equality There is No Quality 
Lindsey Lawrence
USC Keck Medicine of USC
Time & Location TBD (s, f)

Understanding Allyship: Addressing Disability Stereotypes
Moderator: Jonathan Wang, Director for USC Asian Pacific
American Student Services
Christine Street (504/ADA Coordinator) & Debbie Jih (DSP)
Student Affairs
12-1pm, Location TBD (s, f)

Addressing Sexual Harassment Through a Consent Culture: A USC and National SEED Project Collaborative
Renee Smith-Maddox & Anita Dashiell-Sparks
USC Suzanne Dworak Peck School of Social Work Diversity & Inclusion Committee
3-5pm, MRF Hamovitch (s, f)

Minority Report 2: Reflections on Race Relations in America
USC Student Affairs
6-8pm, USC Cammilleri Hall, Brain and Creativity Institute (s, f)

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Undeliverable: Postcards and Photos of Lives Interrupted

The exhibit consists of a collection of Armenian-themed postcards from Ottoman Empire. All of the postcards are pre-1915 and were meticulously collected over the years by Orlando Carlo Calumeno. As a collective these postcards stand as a reminder of a way of life that was interrupted.

The postcards are juxtaposed with photographs taken by Brazilian Armenian photographer Norair Chahinian who had traveled to Turkey in 2015 and a century later had documented the spaces that once were occupied by Armenian life and now are empty.

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CLASS Workshop: William Thompson (UC Irivine)

William Thompson (UC Irvine) will present his paper at the sixteenth installment of the Center for Law and Social Science (CLASS) Workshop. 

CLASS Workshops are a weekly seminar that invite visiting speakers and provide a venue for members of the Law School and broader USC community  to discuss leading-edge work on law and social science.

CLASS is an umbrella organization dedicated to a core intellectual mission of the Gould School of Law-investigating the relationship between law and the social sciences, spanning the fields of economics, political science, psychology, sociology and more.

More information about CLASS Workshops can be found here.

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Marine & Envir Bio Seminar--Dr. Cameron Thrash

Dr. Cameron Thrash (Louisiana State University)

Tales from a coastal bacterioplankton safari

Each milliliter of seawater contains millions of microbial cells which are responsible for the bulk of biogeochemical cycling in the oceans. Coastal regions have even higher concentrations of these bacterioplankton compared to the open ocean, and contribute disproportionately to important transformations of carbon and other elements. Determining the functions of specific microbial taxa, and the feedbacks between these organisms and environmental factors like salinity and temperature, is challenging due to their size and the complex communities they inhabit. This talk will describe research in our lab to define microbial roles in the coastal northern Gulf of Mexico, including the seasonally oxygen-depleted waters of the “Dead Zone.” I will discuss how we have reconstructed metabolism for numerous uncultivated taxa in hypoxic waters, and how high-throughput cultivation success has lead to novel information on the ecology and evolution of some of the most abundant coastal bacterioplankton. Finally, I will outline future efforts that leverage our findings, and new cultivars, to provide a deeper understanding of microbial functions and interactions in productive, and heavily impacted, coastal environments.

 

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Neurobiology Seminar: Sarah Ross, Ph.D.

Click here for more information on Dr. Sarah Ross.

Functional Organization of Spinal Somatosensory Circuits

The spinal cord plays a critical role in processing somatosensory information—touch, temperature, pain and itch. Our lab is interested in characterizing these spinal microcircuits. This knowledge is important because dysfunction of these neural circuits can lead to pathological conditions of chronic pain and itch.

Our lab uses a combination of approaches to dissect these neural circuits:

  • Generate novel genetic tools to study populations of spinal neurons
  • Perform axon circuit mapping using viruses
  • Elucidate neural coding using optogenetics and electrophysiology
  • Study sensory behavior using chemogenetic approaches

 

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Securing an Internship

Are you interested in gaining hands-on, practical experience?  Do you know how to successfully submit your application and interview with employers?  Are you familiar with the different ways to learn about positions or organizations?  Want to learn the tricks of the trade?  If so, this workshop is for you!

Reservations are requested for this event. Your seat is not guaranteed unless you register. To reserve a seat, log into connectSC, search for the event under "Events," and click "RSVP".

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Study Abroad 101 (In partnership with USC Residential Education)

SA 101 is perfect for students who are new to study abroad and are looking to get more general information. Topics that are covered include the following: 

  • Types of study abroad opportunities available to me
  • How to choose the best program for me
  • How financial aid works with studying abroad
  • The role of your academic advisor
  • Courses and credits

This session is part of Study Abroad Week. Check out website for information on other sessions being offered.

This sessions will be held in UVF 1100, located in the the McCarthy Honors Residential College.

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Writing Center Workshop: Cultivating Proficiency with Verbs

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Affording Study Abroad - Study Abroad Week

Part of Study Abroad Week, Affording Study Abroad will cover the costs of studying abroad, what types of aid/scholarships are available, how to control costs, etc. 

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Diversity in Human Subjects Research

Kristin Craun

Center for Excellence in Research

Session Available For Faculty and Staff

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