The world has experienced dramatic change over the past several weeks, and we, at the USC Marshall School of Business, are thinking of you and your families as we weather through this pandemic together. During this year of USC Marshall’s centennial anniversary, everyone has banded together to move quickly while keeping our educational mission first and foremost, moving forward. Faculty and staff at USC Marshall and USC Leventhal adopted new technology and moved all classes and services online, impacting more than 6,000 business and accounting students. Despite this challenging time, Marshall is still working hard to put together timely and relevant resources for our wider community. We launched a series of “Tommy Talks” videos highlighting areas of coronavirus-related expertise from our faculty and a set of webinars with advice for small businesses attempting to navigate the economic slowdown and access the state and federal funds available to them.
This spring semester, all USC students have engaged in virtual learning from around the world. This is a whole new experience for many at USC Marshall. Many are facing extraordinary emotional and financial hardship. Most have been compelled to return home, and some have had little choice but to stay on campus (despite the closures) or nearby. Some of these students are struggling to make their rent payments or get basic needs like food. Others are experiencing technical challenges with inadequate equipment to access the now-mandatory virtual classes. Still others face immediate health and safety issues or need professional help to deal with fear and worry. Some dreading they may need to drop out of school. These urgent threats challenge the mental and physical well-being of our students and impede their academic success.
Emergency Fund–USC Marshall Dean’s Strategic Fund
Students are now seeking help from the Trojan family. We have established a fund to provide much needed relief to students in the USC Marshall and USC Leventhal Schools during this unprecedented period of disruption to address various areas of need including:
The University’s COVID-19 Response
In addition, 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 Fund, Keck Medicine of USC COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, USC Community Outreach Fund, and USC Employee Support Fund.
Furthermore, any gift will be appreciated to help retain and support our renowned faculty, scholars and researchers at USC Marshall who are being recruited by other top institutions. Our students thrive in their pursuits by learning from these experts. The business community gains from the innovative research being conducted at Marshall. We all benefit when our thought leaders address real-world issues affecting society and make a difference in business education, the field of business and the world.
For this year’s USC Day of SCupport, we are asking you to join us in this next phase of “fighting” back the impacts of COVID-19 at the USC Marshall and helping students, faculty, staff, and families who face overwhelming challenges. If you are in a position to help the Trojan family at USC Marshall, please consider making a donation of any size to the Emergency Fund—USC Marshall Dean’s Strategic Fund or to any cause that is meaningful to you today. Your support can help provide urgent funding for those facing these unprecedented challenges.
Thank you for all you do for the USC Marshall School of Business and USC Leventhal School of Accounting. Your support is an essential part of the USC Marshall Trojan Family’s success, now more than ever. Fight On while staying safe and healthy!
Please visit USC Marshall’s “Tommy Talks” highlighting expertise from faculty members and our “Small Business Webinar Series” on the USC Marshall website.