USC Rossier Magazine: Spring/Summer 2022
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.