Emergency Relief for USC Dornsife Students and Scholars

Emergency Relief for USC Dornsife Students and Scholars

USC Dornsife Emergency Fund 

As we face this difficult time together, we appreciate and rely more than ever on the value of our strong, supportive community. 

This pandemic has imposed unprecedented challenges as well as unforeseen hardships on many students, their families, and our communities.

To immediately assist those in need of additional support in these trying times, we have established the USC Dornsife Emergency Fund to provide:

  • Undergraduate student tuition relief
  • Graduate student tuition relief
  • Support for faculty research related to COVID-19

For Dornsife students enduring a financial vulnerability that can compromise continued progress toward their degrees, we remain committed to their educational pursuits including seniors who choose to continue their studies in a USC Dornsife Master of Arts program this coming fall while the job market is uncertain. 

USC Dornsife will continue to serve as a dynamic intellectual resource and a number of our researchers and faculty have immediately pivoted to assume important roles in understanding this pandemic and informing policy. One such example is the Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR), which launched Understanding Coronavirus in America, a rapid response survey coordinated by the USC Dornsife Public Exchange. Working closely with the L.A. County Department of Public Health and the City of Los Angeles, survey data will be used to track the spread of COVID-19 in the county and to inform the development of interventions such as emergency food aid.

Your support will help USC Dornsife students in need as well as critical work to help contain the coronavirus outbreak, reach families in coronavirus-affected areas, and support our work worldwide.

The University’s COVID-19 Response

USC has established four funds in response to the COVID-19 crisis to help support all areas of the Trojan community. These funds include the USC Student Basic Needs FundKeck Medicine of USC COVID-19 Emergency Response FundUSC Community Outreach Fund, and USC Employee Support Fund.

Own Tomorrow Initiative

USC Dornsife is creating the first new model for an elite research university in more than 50 years by bringing the university into the public square in ways never imagined. This new initiative, the Academy in the Public Square, connects our world-leading scholars with public and private sector leaders to work hand in hand — bringing a new way of thinking to complex issues.

As a college of letters, arts and sciences, we are home to scholars with deep expertise across a wide range of disciplines who can assemble into nimble teams to address almost any problem imaginable. Beyond the laboratories, research centers and classrooms, USC Dornsife serves as a dynamic intellectual resource that is woven into the fabric of our communities here in Los Angeles. This initiative expands connections between our university scholars and civic, business, and nonprofit leaders who are addressing local, national, and global issues.

The challenges we face together demand a stronger bond between academic experts and the public. We invite you, our supporters, to help us build it.

Center for the Political Future

The Center for the Political Future combines rigorous intellectual inquiry, teaching and practical politics to advance a new model for political discourse that opens those pathways. The Center for the Political Future is comprised of the Jesse Unruh Institute, a critically important program that provides leadership and internship opportunities for Dornsife students, as well as fellows who are experts in their respective fields. The Center for the Political Future aims to build the next generation of leaders by inspiring constructive dialogue to find solutions to our city’s, state’s, and nation’s greatest problems.

USC Wrigley Institute

The USC Wrigley Institute, located on Catalina Island, is tasked with an audacious goal. It aims to pave the way to innovations that can be adopted across the globe to address some of our greatest challenges, from climate change and waste treatment to water and food security. The Wrigley Institute is tackling these issues by exploring different sustainable solutions, including implementing novel sustainable energy production and innovative ways to process waste. The Wrigley Institute is striving to be 100 percent sustainable and serves as a model for environmental institutes around the globe.

“No one can be on Catalina at Wrigley and say ‘no’ to supporting what they are trying to accomplish.”- Andrea Mauro ’20

Joint Educational Project (JEP)

The Joint Educational Project (JEP) is one of the oldest and largest service-learning programs in the country, offering USC students the unique opportunity to study the relationship between theory and practice in one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan cities in the world. JEP offers a wide range of service and service-learning opportunities in nearby schools, community-based organizations, health-care facilities and legal clinics. Thanks to JEP, USC is able to contribute to the wellbeing of its community while educating students on issues such as poverty, immigration, education and inequality.

Today, we invite you to join this community by making a donation to USC Dornsife and, in doing so, helping us seize this critical moment. Through your support, we will continue to prepare our students to become tomorrow’s most innovative leaders and our scholars to develop new ideas that change the course of history. Together, we will bring solutions to society’s greatest challenges and create a more vibrant future.

Convergent Science Initiative in Cancer (CSI-Cancer)

Dr. Peter Kuhn leads the Convergent Science Initiative in Cancer, a lab that is focused on groundbreaking research to understand the physical and biological nature of cancer cells. For example, by studying cancer progression in many patients over a long period of time, CSI-Cancer researchers have developed a mathematical model to forecast cancer survival rates. Thanks to CSI-Cancer, doctors and scientists will continue to find novel ways to combat this dreaded disease. Dr. Kuhn’s lab provides opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students to learn from and contribute to this critical research.

“Over the next five to 10 years, there’s going to be a big change in the way medical schools and oncologists think about disease.” – Peter Kuhn, Dean’s Professor of Biological Sciences; Professor of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering and Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering; Director of CSI-Cancer; founding member of the Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience; and co-founder of The Bridge@USC

We are a community of alumni, parents, friends, faculty, and students who are partners of a shared journey to change our world for the better. Every contribution to USC Dornsife counts towards our ability to enhance the training of the next generation of leaders, providing opportunities for innovation and creative freedom through research and expert faculty recruitment.

Let’s Own Tomorrow.