DPS Community Advisory Board Report

Dear Trojan Community,
Since announcing our Call to Action last June, the Trojan community has come together in a number of important efforts to advance belonging and equity on our campuses. Over the past year… (Read more)

Joint Statement about the California State Court Global Settlement

USC and the 710 women who filed civil cases in Los Angeles Superior Court involving George Tyndall have reached a global agreement that is fair and reasonable. The $852 million settlement will end this litigation in state court. The USC Board of Trustees has ratified the settlement. (Read more)

Letter to the Trojan Community from President Carol L. Folt

Dear USC Community,
I am writing to let you know that the remaining litigation against USC, arising from the abuse of patients by former Student Health physician George Tyndall, has been resolved. I am deeply sorry for the pain experienced by the women who trusted him as a physician and appreciate the courage of all who came forward. (Read more)

Letter to the Trojan Community from Board of Trustees Chair Rick Caruso

Dear USC Community,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am writing to underscore the significance of today’s settlement agreement for the victims of George Tyndall and to assure you that critical steps have been taken to prevent such horrific acts from ever happening again at USC. (Read more)

USC announces first chief inclusion and diversity officer

Christopher Manning, an experienced leader and advocate for diversity in higher education, has been named USC’s first chief inclusion and diversity officer. As part of President Folt’s senior leadership team, Manning will have the support and the resources to build a framework for strategies, programs and initiatives that reinforce USC’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and belonging and to address ongoing challenges of discrimination and bias. His experience will be especially helpful to USC’s Culture Journey.

An update from President Folt about USC’s Culture Journey

In a letter addressed to the USC community, President Folt shared the six unifying values that emerged from the USC Culture Values Poll and the subsequent conversations during the town halls and discussion sessions that the university had regarding the poll results.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Week comes to USC

(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.”

U.S. Education Department, USC Reach Agreement to Confront and Prevent Sexual Harassment

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.

Annenberg Values Poll town hall prompts conversations about culture values

(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.