USC Rossier Magazine, Fall/Winter 2017

Centering Equity

Leading the Way in Higher Education

Equity is not the same as equality, diversity or inclusiveness. It is not about espousing policies intended to benefit all students. Practices that work well for white students may be harmful to students of color and perpetuate inequality.

Rossier Professor Estela Mara Bensimon, director of the Center for Urban Education, coined the term “equity-minded” to describe what it is to be “critically race-conscious as opposed to colorblind.” Being equityminded, she says, “means being cognizant of how racism is produced
through everyday practices and having the courage to make racism visible and discussable.”

Karen Symms Gallagher, Dean
Dean’s Note

Dear friends of Rossier

The seven faculty members who grace our cover together direct five research centers that are pursuing more equitable outcomes for college students.

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Photo by Andrew Zinn

Why equity work is easier said than done

Faculty are a necessary component of creating equity on campus but are often hindered by structure and culture.

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William G. Tierney, Estela Mara Bensimon, Shaun R. Harper

Professional organizations need more than an annual conference

Leaders of a higher education research association look to how to reject a status quo.

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Jerry Lucido, professor of practice and executive director of the Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice. Photo by Andrew Zinn

Gateway to equity

CERPP director’s research bolsters U.S. Supreme Court case on affirmative action.

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Associate Professor of Education Darnell Cole and Associate Professor of Clinical Education Shafiqa Ahmadi, co-directors of the Center for Education, Identity and Social Justice. Photo by Andrew Zinn

“Who We Say We Are”

A new research center emerges at the intersection of identity and social justice.

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Shaun R. Harper, Executive Director. Photo by Andrew Zinn

Doing racial equity

The USC Race and Equity Center envisions colleges that are proactive about racial climate, rather than reactive.

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USC Rossier Assistant Professor Julie Posselt. Photo by Margaret Molloy

Beyond the test

Assistant Professor Julie Posselt researches equity and well-being in graduate school programs.

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Tatiana Melguizo, Professor

Improving math placement in community colleges

Tatiana Melguizo fosters a new partnership between LAUSD and the Los Angeles Community College District

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Paloma Vargas (above left) is an assistant professor of biology and the Hispanic Serving Institute coordinator at California Lutheran University, working with a student on her summer research project. Photo by Brian Stethem, CAL Lutheran University

Hire education

Center for Urban Education helps California Lutheran University overcome barriers to racial equity in its faculty hiring practices.

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Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux. PhD ’08 Photo by Margaret Molloy

Expanding the equity universe

CUE Associate Director Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux is changing the world she left behind.

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Maribel Perez-Espinal, a biology major at Humboldt State University

Equity runs through it

A new report from the Pullias Center explores the keys for success for retaining STEM majors at Cal State campuses.

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Adrianna Kezar, professor of education and co-director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education. Photo by Andrew Zinn

Understanding persistence

A six-year study showing what it takes for first-generation, low-income students to succeed in college.

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Cheryl Ching PhD ’17

Q+A: Cheryl Ching

Cheryl Ching PhD ’17, who completed her dissertation on constructing and enacting equity at a community college, is recipient of the 2017 Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (CUE).

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Dean Karen Symms Gallagher and Professor Pat Gallagher

Paying it forward

Dean Karen Symms Gallagher and Professor Pat Gallagher invest in USC Rossier students.

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Margaret “Maggie” Chidester EdD ’95

Honor Roll

2016 - 2017 Honor Roll list.

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