What Drives You?

What Drives You?

At the USC Rossier School of Education, faculty and students are driven by their deeply personal stories to make a difference in their respective fields. In these videos, students and faculty share memories about the experiences that led them to pursue their ambitions at USC Rossier.

Demontea Thompson: Driven to make a difference for foster youth

Raised as foster youth, Demontea and his twin brother struggled to make ends meet while completing their undergraduate education. Today, Demontea is pursuing his Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA) degree at USC Rossier and has plans to pursue a PhD focusing on foster youth and homeless students.

Jerry Lucido: Driven to make my immigrant grandmother proud

After realizing that his vocation was not making a difference, Jerry began working in college admissions, specifically focusing on recruiting students from inner cities. Years later, he founded the Center for Enrollment, Research, Policy and Practice at USC Rossier to teach educational leaders to broaden their definition of college potential.

Mabel Sanchez: Driven to help first-generation college students

Because of others who paved the way for her to beat an education system not designed for ‘people like her’, Mabel graduated from college, despite struggling academically through her first year. Now, as a student in the Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA) program, she is preparing to help students survive the system and have the best experience possible.

Anthony Maddox: Driven to help students learn science

Anthony left his career in engineering after observing the lack of diversity in the profession.Today, he educates teachers in Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program to help K-12 students learn science. He also searches for ways to make learning more personalized using new technologies.