El Centro Chicano
USC Student Affairs

Graduate Organizations

Latino Association of Policy, Planning, and Development (LAPPD)*

 “Harnessing leadership for the advancement of the community”

Contact: Jennifer Moore, Pedro Ruiz

Email : moorejm@usc.edu ; pedrorui@usc.edu

Organization Email: lappd@usc.edu

Website: usc.edu/elcentro   

The mission of the Latino Association of Policy, Planning, and Development is to provide social and professional opportunities to all the members of the SPPD community interested in the Latino culture and issues affecting the Latino community. The intention is to cultivate dialogue between community members in order to enhance awareness and network opportunities. LAPPD is dedicated to mentoring incoming SPPD students with the goal of creating a pipeline for future policy makers, planners and administrators.

Event Spotlight: Fall Pachanga - annual social event to welcome new students and

celebrate Latino heritage.

Latino Graduate Student Association (LGSA)*

Contact: Irene Rodriguez ; Sandra Hernandez

Contact Email : irenerod@usc.edu ; smhernan@usc.edu

Organization Email: lgsa@usc.edu

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=13740140476&ref=ts

LGSA Commits to: Enhance the intellectual and social community for Latina/o graduate students, advocate for support networks for Latina/o graduate/professional students, faculty and other members of the USC community, promote the recruitment and retention of Latina/o graduate students, develop research and publication opportunities to further the professional development of Latina/o graduate students 

Latino Law Student Association (LLSA)

Contact: Claudia Lopez

Email: Claudia.lopez.2014@lawmail.usc.edu

Website: http://llsa.usc.edu/

Latino Law Student Association (LLSA) is a student organization composed of Latino law students and students interested in issues affecting the Latino community at USC Law School. Our organization strives to create a community at USC that enables students to excel academically, socially, and professionally. Among its objectives is to serve as a support network for Latino law students on campus; and to help the retention and success of Latino law students. LLSA works in conjunction with the Admissions Office to increase the enrollment of Latino students through a Phone-a-Thon for admitted Latino students. Besides keeping our members abreast of scholarships, Latino-centric events, and potential employment opportunities, LLSA encourages its members to become involved in public interest organizations that serve the Latino community in Los Angeles. Latino Law Student Association activities include speaker events with local law firms, Hora Latin@ (a Legal Spanish Conversation Group), Judges & Lawyers Nights (honoring USC Law Latino Alums) and other social and cultural gatherings for the benefit of Latino law students and friends at USC Law. These events aim to help build community and familiarity amongst Latino and non-Latino friends and classmates.

Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)*

Contact: Eva Corona, Maria Sandoval

Contact Email: evacoron@usc.edu, malexsandoval@gmail.com

Organization Email: usc.lmsa@gmail.com

Website: http://west.lmsa.net/default.asp?contentID=47

The Chicano/Latino Medical Student Association is an organization dedicated to improving the health care delivery system to the Chicano/Latino communities. To accomplish this goal, CMSA's top priority is to retain all Chicano/Latino medical students at the USC School of Medicine, a commitment we now pledge to you. CMSA will make every attempt to make you feel at home in Los Angeles and help you build lifelong friends amongst the CMSA family. By offering peer support, counseling and mentors, CMSA will strive to develop and enhance your academic and cultural potentials and alleviate any barriers that may stand in your way of making a smooth transition into and through medical school. In addition, CMSA has been working very closely with the California Hispanic American Medical Association (CHAMA) and the Chicano/Latino Medical Association of California (CMAC) to make Chicano/Latino physicians in the Los Angeles area available for you to turn to for questions and concerns about the field of medicine.

Event Spotlight: Annually with CMSA of UCLA, we co-host and participate in the Olvera Street Health Fair which successfully provides medical services to over 4,000 local, uninsured, non-English speaking Chicano/Latino children, women, and men.

Latina/o Social Work Caucus (LSWC)*

Contact: Serena Morales, Brittany Moso

Email: serenamo@usc.edu ; moso@usc.edu

Organization Email: latinosw@usc.edu

The Latino/a Social Work Caucus at USC is a student organization that promotes leadership, self-help, and solidarity among all USC Latino/a Master of Social Work students towards the betterment of all Latino/s cultures and people. We strive to accomplish this through: Academic Excellence, Professional Development, and Empowerment for social justice.