(USC Annenberg Media) USC’s fourth annual weeklong DEI event will host workshops on both of the university’s campuses from March 2-6.
This theme comes in the middle of USC’s Culture Journey Initiative, a university-wide initiative that began with the Values Poll in Oct. 2019. It allowed current USC faculty, staff and students to share the values they want to see at USC.
This year the responses from the Values Poll kicked off conversations all around campus in town halls and discussion sessions about how to implement these desired values.
“When we talk about climate change as the theme of the conference, we talk about how USC needs to grow,” said Camille Rich, co-founder of DEI Week at the university. “This conference drills down how we will achieve these changes.”
The University of Southern California announced today that it has reached a Resolution Agreement with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to ensure that USC will improve its policies and processes for preventing and responding to sexual harassment to fully comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
“We share OCR’s mission to foster a campus environment free from discrimination and harassment. There is no higher priority for me than protecting the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and patients,” President Carol Folt said.
(USC Annenberg Media) The Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism administration is taking steps to shift the culture and values within USC. One of the first steps is the Annenberg Culture Journey Town Hall which explored the results of the Values Poll and the next steps.
“This is not going to be a one-year or two-year engagement. It’s a multiple-year engagement that’s really important because this is the start of conversation for us to figure out as a community, where do we want to go,” James Vasquez, Associate Dean of Operations, said during the town hall.
(Daily Trojan) Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences administrators emphasized Thursday the importance of the sessions the will hold to discuss needed changes to USC culture at the third of eight town hall. Findings of personal values, current culture values and desired culture values by faculty, staff and students were discussed following the release of results from the USC Values Poll administered last Fall.
“We are taking this cultural journey very seriously,” Brown said. “The individuals who were involved in these scandals represent less than .001 percent of everybody who works for the university. I take pride in the fact that the majority of us are following the rules and being good stewards of students’ academic journeys.”
“We are pleased to announce that today the USC Board of Trustees passed a series of significant and historic changes to its governance structure.
As you know well, USC has grown dramatically over the past few decades. That growth includes a larger student body, more faculty, a fast-growing staff, and operating one of the region’s largest medical enterprises in Keck Medicine of USC. However, the Board of Trustees recognized that it has been organized in much the same way as it was thirty years ago. Just as USC has changed, so too must our Board. And, that is what we have done.”