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

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

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

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

Public Service Announcement! If you are a programming fee-paying graduate student at USC, you can purchase a reduced-fare transit pass for unlimited rides on Metro rail and bus lines from Graduate Student Government (GSG). Sold on a semester basis (fall, spring, summer), the U-Pass is only $105.50 and can be picked up or reloaded at the GSG offices at both … Read More

Many of us at USC are committed to change. After a tumultuous 2018, I am more ready than ever to assist fellow students, staff, faculty, and administrators in restoring trust and re-uniting our community. Dr. Wanda Austin, the Interim President, recently appointed a Culture Commission, charged with overseeing campus culture initiatives and improvements. As one of the representatives of the … Read More

Earlier this fall, we officially opened a service and resource for food insecure students here on our campus. The Trojan Food Pantry, now open in Parkside Apartments, aims to provide healthy, nutritious options for those who are going hungry during their studies at USC. We are still collecting numbers regarding food and housing insecurity at our school, but early numbers … Read More

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

Posted: March 21, 2018, 2:13pm Last month, USC’s Graduate Student Government (GSG) hosted an outing at the famous Santa Anita Park, a Thoroughbred racetrack located nearby in Arcadia. Although I grew up right next to this venue (my childhood mall is on the same block), I never had the chance to see the horses growing up. Everyone had a chance … Read More