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
2020 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count
To kick off the new year, Graduate Student Government (GSG) brought together a cohort of students to participate in the annual Point-in-Time Count hosted by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). Spread across three days, this occasion involves thousands of volunteers across LA County who walk every street in the city to tally individuals experiencing homelessness. Accounting for one … Read More
Sustainability at USC
For this upcoming year, USC Graduate Student Government (GSG) has announced a new theme focused on sustainability through its programming and advocacy initiatives. In order to be a more sustainable organization, GSG challenges all graduate and professional students to reflect on simple changes in their own lives that can alleviate the burden of climate change on future generations A simple … 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
2019 Graduation Festivities!
Congratulations to the Class of 2019!! Last week, I was able to take part in so many events to celebrate those that graduated from their many different degree programs this year. Some highlights were participating in the Wall of Scholars dedication in Leavey Library with my ever-supportive parents, attending the Honorary Degrees Dinner, and walking with the platform party at … Read More
2019 USC Trustee Retreat
Every year, the incoming and outgoing Presidents and Vice Presidents of the Graduate Student Government (GSG) and Undergraduate Student Government (USG) are invited to the USC Trustee Retreat over a March weekend. Because the GSG retreat sometimes coincides with Trustee Retreat, we don’t get the chance to go. Luckily, this past weekend was free, so we were all in attendance … Read More
Presenting at a Science Open Mic Night!
In preparation for my qualifying exam (which I passed on March 1st!!), I signed up for every single opportunity available to me to present in front of a live audience. In the 10 presentations I gave in the month of February, my favorite by far was the one where I engaged with students from other STEM departments – Science Open … Read More
The University Forum
I am so fortunate to consistently work with people who have such an immense love of and passion for USC. These individuals not only have a fundamental role in continuing the best and brightest parts of the university, but they are also constantly churning out new initiatives and projects to address ongoing issues or improve the current systems and resources. … Read More
Insights from the Provost/Academic Senate Retreat
Students do not often have the opportunity to learn and think deeply about faculty concerns; however, Debbie and I had the opportunity to join the 2019 Joint Provost/Academic Senate Retreat as Presidents of the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Governments. Focusing primarily on two broad topics, experts in various areas presented for 15-20 minutes on facts and figures about specific parts … Read More
Adapting THRIVE for Graduate Students
This past semester, a new USC course about self-care, connection, and well-being piloted for an inaugural class of 30 students. A collaboration between Undergraduate Student Government (USG), the Office of Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention, and the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, THRIVE: Foundations of Well-being covers a range of important topics: success, connection, community, thrive, time, … Read More