University of Southern California


Working with our neighbors to build a strong community

Civic Engagement

Community Relationships

Photo of student playing violin outside Foshay Learning CenterSince its inception in 1880, the University of Southern California has held a special place in the literal and figurative heart of Los Angeles. That strong connection continues today, with USC serving as the hub for a multi-layered network of partnerships with the surrounding communities.

Both the University Park and Health Sciences campuses foster a Family of Schools, which supports neighborhood students from their first book to their high-school diploma and beyond. Through these academic partnerships, individuals and institutions unite to see that each child receives a quality education.

The Good Neighbors Campaign, created in 1993, solicits donations from USC faculty and staff to raise millions of dollars in financial support. The entire sum of this generosity is injected directly into the surrounding communities through USC Neighborhood Outreach Grants, which fund local partnerships in health, education, safety, and business.

All of these community relationships provide a safe and creative environment for our employees, students, and neighbors to live, learn, play, and grow. The partnerships represent a common commitment to the pursuit of knowledge, from literacy to creative writing, from LEGOs to architectural engineering, from preschool to graduate school.