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Working with our neighbors to build a strong community

Cultivating Community in Downtown Los Angeles

by Jacqueline Mazarella In March 2020, Los Angeles Councilmember Gil Cedillo asked Jose Ruiz, MSW ’17, if he could upscale his community garden to provide 300 Emergency Grab-n-Go food bags each week to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Ruiz had... Read more

USC blood drive collects enough donations to save hundreds of lives

With safety measures in place to protect against COVID-19, the USC Heroes United campaign collected a goal-surpassing 192 units of blood over two days. The American Red Cross has made it clear: The blood supply in Los Angeles and across the… Read more

Bovard Scholars inspires low-income high school students to aim high

USC’s college preparatory program helps high achievers avoid undermatching and get into the top schools they deserve. Osvaldo Cabrales starts his Yale education this fall. As the salutatorian of his graduating class at James A. Garfield High School in East… Read more

Cultivating Community in Downtown Los Angeles

by Jacqueline Mazarella In March 2020, Los Angeles Councilmember Gil Cedillo asked Jose Ruiz, MSW ’17, if he could upscale his community garden to provide 300 Emergency Grab-n-Go food bags each week to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Ruiz had… Read more

Virtual gala celebrates 2020 grads of USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative

This year’s graduates of USC Leslie and William McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative were recognized for their perseverance during uncertain times; all 94 scholars will be attending college in the fall. Even a pandemic couldn’t stop the 2020 graduates of the… Read more