USC Culture Journey Continues

Sign up for a Town Hall and a Discussion Session

Continue to share and engage at any or all of the upcoming USC-wide Discussion Sessions, or School/Unit-specific Town Halls and Discussion Sessions.


President Folt’s welcome to USC Culture Sessions attendees

In this video, President Folt introduces the USC Culture Journey to all culture sessions attendees – town halls and discussion sessions – held in early 2020.


University-wide Discussion Sessions: Feb. – March 2020

Login to trojanlearn.usc.edu to join us.

  • Smaller, intimate group discussions to continue the conversations and share your overall feedback (in-person and virtual Discussion Sessions available)
  • Very brief overview of the USC-wide poll results, and then a deeper-dive into values, behaviors, systems and processes
  • Some sessions are Staff-only, Faculty-only or Student-only. More information on role-specific sessions can be found here.
  • Registration is open to everyone and is first-come, first-served
  • 25-person capacity
  • Information exchanged in the Discussion Sessions is confidential and anonymous

School/unit-specific Town Halls: Feb. – March 2020

  • School/Unit-specific Town Halls provide values poll results specific to your School/Unit and are open to School/Unit staff, faculty and students
  • These events are planned and scheduled by each School/Unit, so watch for registration information and plan to attend

School/unit-specific Discussion Sessions: Feb. – March 2020

  • Smaller, intimate group discussions to share your input, feedback and insights on your School/Unit-specific poll results. 25-person capacity
  • These events are planned and scheduled by each School/Unit, so watch for registration information and plan to attend

Note: Supervisors and unit leaders are being encouraged to use best efforts in determining when business operations can support their team’s attendance at the sessions, so please consult your supervisor as needed. As you know, employees are encouraged to attend the Culture Sessions, but attendance is not required.

 


The USC Culture Journey

The Culture Journey is USC’s University-wide initiative to explore USC’s values, align the supportive behaviors that bring those values to life, and shape opportunities to improve our systems, processes, and culture.

In October 2019, nearly 20,000 current USC students, faculty and staff shared their voice on current and desired values at USC. The results of the Values Poll served as a starting point for conversations designed to capture the community’s feedback on values and behaviors. Beginning in January 2020, we continue the culture conversations.

Interested in USC’s culture journey or becoming a partner for culture change? Email us at: partnerforculturechange@usc.edu

 


Goals: understanding, alignment, and reinforcement

We are defining who we are, who we want to be and how we create the path forward to a stronger USC for each generation of Trojans to come.

  • Through the USC Cultural Values Poll and with the input of the entire Trojan community, we move toward understanding and assessing our current and desired values.
  • Culture Sessions – town halls and discussion sessions organized at the university, academic school and unit level — we will refine and align our values to behaviors that create and support an improved culture.
  • The journey will focus on desired values and behaviors to support the planning, development and improvement of systems, processes and skills in 2020 and beyond.

Your Voices, Our Future

The Cultural Values Poll, which was conducted from Oct. 14-Nov. 3, 2019, saw nearly 20,000 USC students, faculty and staff share their voices about their current and desired values. Our community is engaged in shaping our culture together.

This is how change begins – view the Values Poll results.

What this means for USC: Our culture journey involves everyone and begins now.

The charge of the President’s Culture Commission and Working Group to start the movement toward a new culture is a multi-level effort that is the beginning of a journey. Ultimately, it involves each member of the community to thoughtfully engage in the process; discuss solutions; voice their positions; and embody the values of the university through their actions and choices.

Each of us, whether faculty, staff or student, is important in the journey. Share your voice to shape our culture.

We are defining who we are, who we want to be, and how we create the path forward to a stronger USC for each generation of Trojans to come.

Download the Culture Network Fact sheet.

 


A Look Ahead

Download the Culture Journey Timeline.


Frequently Asked Questions

Download the FAQ about the Culture Journey, Values Poll and Culture Conversations.

 


USC Values Poll

Download a toolkit of digital assets sized for campus digital boards or smaller digital art to share on your website, or email newsletters.

Download the Values Poll Fact sheet.

Download the Values Poll User Guide.