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University of Southern California

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, California 90089
Phone
(213) 740-2311
School Information
"The University of Southern California is a leading private research university located in Los Angeles — a global center for arts, technology and international business. It is home to the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and 21 exceptional academic schools and units. USC’s Health Sciences campus houses renowned specialized care and research in cancer, stem cell and regenerative medicine, orthopedics and sports medicine. The university is the largest private sector employer in the city of Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region." The university enrolls over 46,000 students, employs over 4,700 faculty, and offers academic programs through its 21 academic units. (Source: https://www.usc.edu/) (Source: https://about.usc.edu/facts/)
General Information
USC has taken multiple steps to further its equity initiatives, many of which can be tracked on the USC Race and Equity Center's website (https://race.usc.edu/). In addition to hiring its first Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer, the university has also reiterated its bias reporting policies and launched a task force on "Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion". The university has also implemented mandatory unconscious bias training for students, staff, and faculty. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • "Mandatory Unconscious Bias Training. As part of our efforts to educate the community about how to recognize and prevent implicit bias from affecting how we treat each other, online training modules for students, staff, and faculty will roll out in the fall semester to provide baseline education. These modules are being vetted and informed by students, faculty, and staff."
  • USC Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy will "Institute a process of ongoing implicit bias training for all faculty, staff, and students."
  • As part of the Prevention Education Requirements for all students, USC requires students to complete an online self-paced module on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Students which educates students to recognize bias and unconscious bias, acknowledge multiple identities, and understand power, privilege, equity, and oppression.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • USC Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy "will update the DPT and BKN curricula to incorporate a health justice perspective."
  • The USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy released the 2021-2022 Comprehensive Anti-Racism Plan “ which was developed by thought leaders who have long championed social justice, equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism across a variety of disciplines.” This new plan is expected to guide USC through its “ second year of work towards being a more equitable, diverse, inclusive and anti-racist community.”
  • As part of the general education diversity requirement for a Bachelor’s degree, USC requires all undergraduates to complete 2 courses in the Global Perspectives category with one course in the contemporary situation of Citizenship in a Diverse World.
Disciplinary Measures
  • Students can report incidents of "any type of bias" to the Office of Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX.
Re-Imagining Policing
  • The university has launched the "Community Advisory Board for the Department of Public Safety" which will examine possible bias training and accountability measures for campus police.
Resources
  • "The USC Race and Equity Center will provide no-cost, multiyear professional learning experiences focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) for USC employees. Each month, the Center will offer live, synchronous sessions through a virtual platform, accommodating up to 10,000 employees at once. Within two hours, we will post videos from each live session to a password-protected website that will be permanently available to all USC employees. Readings and other resources will accompany the videos. The sessions in the first year will focus on aspects of racial equity."
  • "We will use the highly-regarded quantitative National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates (NACCC), designed by the USC Race and Equity Center, to hear from all USC undergraduates this fall. Since our campus participated in the earliest pilot of the NACCC three years ago, it has developed, and has been used to survey over 500,000 students across the United States. In 2021, there will be racial climate surveys for all USC faculty and staff. We need to know how every racial/ethnic group uniquely experiences our campus climate."
  • Anti-Racist Resources at USC include "Anti-Racist Resources for Building Allyship and Advocacy."
  • USC Libraries released an "Anti-Racist Pedagogy Guide."
  • The USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupation Therapy has "General anti-racist resources."
  • The USC Libraries provide a number of resources on Diversity, Equity, and Resources and Anti-Racist Pedagogy with subcategories on “Pedagogy and whiteness,” “History of White Supremacy,” and “Anti-racism and Allyship in the Academy.”
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Workshops which focus on various topics including race, power, and privilege, implicit bias, microaggressions, and economic justice.
  • "The USC Equity-Minded Teaching Institute is a 6-week program with weekly 3-hour sessions that focuses on embedding racial equity in teaching practices and creating classroom cultures that are genuinely inclusive for Black/African American, Latinx, Native American/Indigenous, and Asian American students." This program is designed to train faculty to "create classrooms that are critically race-conscious and equity-minded."
  • "The USC Racial Equity in Faculty Hiring institute is a 5-week program with weekly 3-hour sessions focused on embedding racial equity in the faculty hiring process."
  • "The USC Equity Institutes is an eight-week professional learning series for 20 leaders and/or faculty members on a single college or university campus. Each Institute has eight virtual modules that are taught synchronously one day each week."
Symbolic Actions
  • USC’s first Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer (CIDO) takes office on March 1.
  • The university launched the "President’s and Provost’s Task Force on Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI)" which will "identify structural and institutional processes at USC that perpetuate racism and inequality in areas such as recruitment, retention, and experiences."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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