USC Rossier Magazine: Spring/Summer 2022

Off Campus

Exploring our impact in our community and beyond

The campus of USC sits on some 229 acres in the South Los Angeles neighborhood of University Park. With its 49,500 students, 4,700 full-time faculty and nearly 17,000 staff, USC is one of L.A.’s biggest employers and a global leader in research across numerous disciplines. USC is an essential part of L.A.’s economy and produces knowledge that shapes the way we see the world. But how can USC, or any university, ensure these riches extend beyond its campus gates? And, at the same time, how can the cultural richness of the South L.A. communities around USC be preserved, celebrated and represented at the university? Perhaps more than any other academic institutions, schools of education, by design, are intimately tied to the world outside of their campuses. Educators are uniquely attuned to the needs of their communities, and teachers are in the unique position to discern which student needs are being met—and those that aren’t. In this issue, we explore the wide and varied work—past, present and emerging—of USC Rossier graduates, faculty and students in the communities near and around USC.

A student studies a ruler
Dean’s Byline

What do universities owe their communities?

USC Rossier can lead the way in showing how universities can and should show up for their communities.

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An apple balances on the edge of a wooden desk.

Turning around the teacher crisis

As teacher shortages trouble the nation, USC Rossier’s new teaching residency program aims to prepare educators for the challenges of L.A. classrooms and create a more diverse workforce.

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The inaugural class of USC Rossier’s new Teacher Preparation Residency program.

The future teachers of Los Angeles

Meet the first class of USC Rossier’s new Teacher Preparation Residency program.

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Sylinda (left) and Aja (right) participate in a yoga class during after-school programming at the Crenshaw Family YMCA .

With Veda Ramsay-Stamps MPA ’18 at the helm, the Crenshaw Family YMCA has become an essential community hub

After a career in public policy took this Global EdD student from Washington, D.C., to Fresno, Calif., Ramsay-Stamps found her way back to the heart of L.A.

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Illustrated portrait of Margo Pensavalle.
In Conversation

‘Teachers are doing the most important job in the world’

Margo Pensavalle EdD ’93 draws on nearly 50 years of experience in education to create a residency program that meets the moment.

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Illustration of Supreme Court building with multi-colored pencils as columns.

Professor Jerry Lucido on why race-aware admission policies must be defended

The Supreme Court will soon hear cases on the legality of considering applicants’ race in the additions process, but whatever the ruling, colleges must remain dedicated to their commitments to equity and diversity.

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An illustration of a bridge made of books with two people walking toward one another.
Tips for Educators

Professor Courtney Malloy PhD ’03 on bridging the gap between research and practice

Effective collaboration between educational researchers and practitioners can help solve intractable problems in our schools and communities.

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Donna Ford Attallah at her home in Long Beach, Calif.
Rossier Supporters

A lasting legacy

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang named Fahmy Attallah Chair in Humanistic Psychology.

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A high school student, dressed in a cap and gown, delivers a speech at graduation.

USC Hybrid High turns 10

A decade after opening its doors, the school, developed through a partnership with USC Rossier, is ranked among the state’s best.

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(Illustration/Chris Gash)

In the science classroom, agency matters

Students who learn how to advocate for themselves in STEM classes see big benefits—and new research from USC Rossier professor Erika Patall hints that this could be a way to promote student retention.

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Illustration of 8 students talking in a circle

Democracy project to strengthen student civic engagement

New initiative will curate civic education materials to help students achieve California State Seal of Civic Engagement.

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Alumni Stories

Portrait of Michele Turner, head of USC's Office of Business Diversity and Economic Opportunity.

Building the foundation for economic opportunity

Michèle G. Turner BS ’81, EdD ’14 is blazing a path forward for diverse contracting at USC.

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An illustrated portrait of Carlos Cortez, as chancellor of the San Diego Community College District.

San Diego Community College District celebrates a new chancellor

Values of diversity, equity and inclusion have motivated USC Rossier graduate Carlos O. Cortez PhD ’06 throughout his career as an educator and administrator.

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Portrait of Michelle Hooks.

Michelle Hooks MAT ’17 blends STEM to inspire kids

At NASA, Hooks uses her education background to connect students to real-world science.

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Student Story

Portrait of Amy Henderson on the USC campus.

As she built a life in America, international student Amy Henderson found her vocation in USC Rossier’s Marriage and Family Therapy program.

Amy Henderson

The making of a therapist