USC Chan: Transformation Through Occupation

USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

USC Chan: Transformation Through Occupation

Student Emergency Fund

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

As you can imagine, so much has changed at the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy during recent months. We have made significant strides to continue upholding our mission while navigating unavoidable changes to the ways that our education is delivered, our patients are encountered and our research is conducted. Through it all, we remain steadfastly committed to our students while also acknowledging the very real challenges they are facing.

To help address those challenges and to support USC occupational science and occupational therapy students impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve launched the USC Dentistry, OT and PT Student Emergency Fund.

This fund serves as a lifeline, helping USC Chan students who are experiencing unexpected and overwhelming financial challenges, such as struggling to pay rent, provide for young families, finance necessary emergency travel or afford basic necessities as they continue or complete their education—both during the current crisis and into the future.

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 FundKeck Medicine of USC COVID-19 Emergency Response FundUSC Community Outreach Fund, and USC Employee Support Fund.

Transforming health and well-being through meaningful occupation

The USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy is improving the quality of life of people and communities across the world. We established the first graduate programs in occupational therapy and occupational science, and are consistently ranked among the nation’s top educational institutions. By focusing on the significance of life’s everyday activities, occupational therapists and occupational scientists help all people to realize healthier, happier and more productive lives.

At USC Chan, we recognize that the discipline of occupational science and the profession of occupational therapy are not fully reflective of the diverse populations we are privileged to serve. To help address that gap, we are committed to expanding diversity in the work force by making scholarships available to future practitioners from underrepresented ethnic and racial backgrounds and by training dedicated leaders who will influence policies, environments and complex systems. Every gift to the USC Chan Vision Scholarship assists deserving students in their journey to becoming outstanding researchers and practitioners. This fund directly supports outstanding USC Chan students who self-identify as hailing from underrepresented backgrounds. By building a more diverse student body today, we are making a direct commitment on behalf of all Trojans towards a more inclusive and culturally-responsive tomorrow for both the discipline of occupational science and the profession of occupational therapy.

Support for the USC Florence Clark Vanguard Fund is also vital in our pursuit to enhance the ordinary and extraordinary activities of life for all people, and provides flexible funds allowing the division to invest as needed while shaping the future of occupational science and occupational therapy. Such an investment will enable the division to continue to lead innovation to transform health and well-being through meaningful occupations; leverage our unique strengths across education, research and practice; and improve health equity, well-being and quality of life across local, national and global communities.

By making a gift to USC Chan, you’ll be joining in our shared purpose as we define innovative and collaborative approaches that elevate occupational therapy for all.

Thank you for your support!