El Centro Chicano
USC Student Affairs

Parent Involvement

The Latino Parent Association (LPA)

Founded in 1982, it is an organization offered by El Centro Chicano at USC. The LPA helps guide parents to better understand the issues that directly affect students and Latino parents of USC. Serving over 200 families, the LPA offers activities in which parents participate with the planning and implementation of events. In addition, parents participate in monthly meetings where they are informed about the university and student life. The LPA has assisted many students and their parents through the process of their education in order to fulfill college dreams.

Unity Tailgate (Parents Weekend) & La Posada

On this day, parents are encouraged to come with their students to the Unity Tailgate (formerly known as the Latino Family Tailgate), part of USC's Trojan Family weekend which takes place usual in mid and late October. This is a great opportunity for new USC parents and families to attend a USC football game and get a taste of what the Trojan Family is all about! Buy your football tickets ahead of time! Also parents and families are encouraged to attend La Posada: Celebrating Latin American Holiday Traditions & Giving Back which is always the first Friday in December.

Monthly Meetings

The meetings function as a forum to discuss university and cultural issues by providing support to participating parents. In addition, guest speakers provide information about a variety of programs and services offered by USC and in the surrounding communities.