A couple of weeks ago, USC’s Graduate Student Government (GSG) hosted the third annual International Student Appreciation Week (ISAW) on both the University Park Campus and the Health Sciences Campus. Originally established as a response to the travel ban in 2017 (Executive Order 13769), ISAW is a joint initiative between the Vice President of Advocacy and Vice President of Programming … Read More
My Last Advocacy Trip of Graduate School!
My fifth and final trip to Washington D.C. on behalf of the USC Graduate Student Government (GSG) was by far the most effective and organized hill visit I have experienced thus far. As a part of the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students’ (NAGPS) Fall Legislative Action Days, we visited the offices of five Californian congresspeople: Kamala Harris, Linda … Read More
Farewell GSG Presidency!
June 30th marked the last official day of my term as President of the Graduate Student Government (GSG). In the past couple of months, many have asked whether or not this was what I had expected heading into this role. I can concretely say that it was certainly not. When I decided to run, I knew I wanted to develop … Read More
2nd Annual Science Policy Symposium
Ever since joining Graduate Student Government (GSG) and advocating to Californian Senators and Representatives in Washington, D.C. (four times!) on behalf of all USC graduate students, I have become increasingly interested in national policy and how it relates to science and research. I attended a couple of USC Science Policy Group’s meetings and decided to head to the 2nd Annual … Read More
Anita Hill: From Social Movement to Social Impact
Early last month, Professor Anita Hill (Social Policy, Law, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies of Brandeis University) spoke with Professor Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro (Gender & Sexuality Studies of USC) about ways we could all engage the current systems to dismantle sexual harassment in the workplace. Covering a variety of topics, Dr. Hill described her own experience sitting in front … Read More
Advocating in Washington, D.C.
Posted: March 21, 2018, 2:37pm For the third time since joining USC’s Graduate Student Government (GSG), I had the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C. to advocate on behalf of our 23,000+ graduate students. On this specific trip, we met with the offices of the following Californian congressmen and congresswomen: Senator Kamala Harris Senator Dianne Feinstein Representative Tony Cardenas Representative … Read More
Fall Legislative Action Days
Posted: October 20, 2017, 5:52pm Since last semester, I’ve grown to understand the political world a bit more as a leader in student government and reading public documents regarding policy. Luckily, I had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. again to represent USC and the graduate student population at large in discussions with our government officials across the country. … Read More