USC Culture Journey: Moving Forward

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The Culture Journey is USC’s university-wide initiative to co-create USC’s values, align the supportive behaviors that bring those values to life and shape opportunities to improve our systems, processes and culture. The journey involves expressing ideas from all groups throughout the entire USC community through our “conversations around culture.” It is an important step in moving toward a culture based on shared values and to rebuild trust across our institution.

January 21-March 13, 2020

Join us for USC-wide Town Halls and Discussion Sessions for in-depth conversations on the Values Poll results, and aligning our values to behaviors.

  • We’ll hold eight Town Halls and 68 Discussion Sessions across UPC & HSC from January 21-March 13
  • You’ll hear USC Cultural Values Poll results at the Town Halls
  • You’ll have an opportunity to provide input on our current and desired values and behaviors at the Discussion Sessions
  • Can’t attend in person? Town Hall #7 (February 3, 4 pm-6 pm) will be live-streamed with information to follow. You are welcome to sign up for one of eight virtual Discussion Sessions and join us online.

February 3-March 12, 2020

School- and unit-specific Town Halls and Discussion Sessions will take place to get into more in-depth details around poll results for each of our schools and units.

Login to TrojanLearn ( with your USC netID) to join us. To register, look for the banner on the TrojanLearn homepage, or search for “USC Culture Sessions.”

Registration is open to everyone and is first-come, first-served. Information exchanged in the sessions is confidential and anonymous.

You are strongly encouraged to watch the 7-minute video on Barrett Culture Values before attending a Culture Session.

More information will follow on school and unit-specific town halls and discussion sessions, which will take place in early 2020.

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 during working hours, so please consult your supervisor, as appropriate. As a reminder, the sessions are not mandatory, nor are they required by your job duties, so attendance outside of working hours will not be compensated.

Goals: understanding, alignment, and reinforcement

  • 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.
  • In 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.

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.

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.