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Academic & International Fellowships

Academic & International Fellowships (AIF) supports students' efforts to make the most of their academic experience at the university, and to seek further opportunities for international study and research.  We manage numerous prestigious international fellowships, such as the Rhodes Scholarship and Fulbright Grant, for undergraduate or graduate students. Our office offers advising on applying, interviewing, and writing personal statements all year long to prepare students for the application process.

Contact: (213) 740-9116 | aifstaff@usc.edu | Location: STU 300

Web: http://www.usc.edu/programs/ugprograms/aif/

Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS)

USC Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS) is a multifaceted department focused on the education, engagement, and empowerment of students. APASS has a two-fold mission: to facilitate Asian Pacific American participation, dialogue, community-building, and empowerment, while at the same time, to serve as a source of cross-cultural educational programming for the entire campus. APASS programs include orientation, leadership development, service-learning and community immersion, career and peer mentoring, cross-cultural and educational programs, academic collaborations, and individual and collective advocacy.

Contact: (213) 740-4999 | apass@usc.edu | Location: STU 410

Web: http://sait.usc.edu/apass/

The Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs (CBCSA)

The Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs (CBCSA) is here to welcome you to the Trojan family at the University of Southern California. CBCSA is a department that works toward creating an optimal learning environment for students of African descent and the Trojan family at large. 

Contact: (213) 740-8257 | cbcsa@usc.edu | Location: STU 415

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center

The LGBT Resource Center works in collaboration with other campus offices, organizations and community networks to create a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, and staff.  Please stop by if you identify as gay, lesbian, bi, transgender, ally or questioning, or simply interested in our services

Contact: (213) 740-7619 | lgbt@usc.edu | Location: Student Union (STU) 202B

Web: http://sait.usc.edu/lgbt/

The Center for Academic Support

The Center for Academic Support is the central resource and referral agency for learning enrichment at USC. Upper division students, graduate students, faculty, staff and volunteers at USC coordinate a program of mentoring and academic enrichment in a university-wide effort to address student needs. Academic Support contributes a collaborative approach to learning within the academic community. We offer learning assistance and tutoring in various subjects for USC students at selected locations on campus including residential sites. Academic success seminars and workshops are scheduled throughout the academic year.

Contact: (213) 740-0776 | study@usc.edu | Location: Student Union (STU) 301 | Monday – Friday (8:30am-5pm)

Web: http://sait.usc.edu/academicsupport/ 

Center for Engineering Diversity

The Center for Engineering Diversity (CED) at the University of Southern California is dedicated to promoting scholastic, personal and professional excellence among underrepresented students in the Viterbi School of Engineering.  CED engenders scholastic and personal achievement within our community of scholars while preparing students for successful careers as industry professionals and encouraging the pursuit of graduate degrees.

Contact: 213-740-1999 | Location: Ronald Tutor Hall (RTH) 210 | Monday-Friday (8:30am-5pm)

Web: http://www.viterbi.usc.edu/students/undergrad/ced/

Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration

The Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) has as its mission to remake the narrative for understanding, and the dialogue for shaping, immigrant integration in America. CSII brings together three emphases: scholarship that draws on academic theory and rigorous research, data that provides information structured to highlight the process of immigrant integration over time, and engagement that seeks to create new dialogues with government, community organizers, business and civic leaders, immigrants and the voting public. The center is also co-directed by Dr. Manuel Pastor, professor of Geography and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

Location: School of Public Planning & Development | Monday-Friday (9am-5pm)

Web: http://www.usc.edu/schools/sppd/research/centers/csii.html

Norman Topping Student Aid Fund

The purpose of the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund (NTSAF) is to assist students with high financial need who demonstrate an extraordinary level of community awareness in their pursuit of higher education at the University of Southern California.  Applicants residing in areas surrounding the University Park and Health Science campuses, in addition to first-generation college students, are given primary consideration in the selection process.  Please note that the scholarship is not limited to these populations.

The Norman Topping Student Aid Fund is the only student initiated, student funded, primarily student administered scholarship in the nation.

Phone: (213) 740-7575 | Location: Ronald Tutor Campus Center 425 |

Monday-Friday (9am-5pm)     Web: http://www.usc.edu/ntsaf

Tomás Rivera Policy Institute

The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, housed at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, is the nation's oldest and most well-recognized think tank on Latino issues. For nearly two decades, TRPI has studied and analyzed the issues of the Latino population in the United States. TRPI clusters its research and policy advocacy activities into four main areas: economic well-being, on which the future of the Latino community's well-being depends; educational issues faced by Latino students, parents, teachers, and administrators; information technology—closing the gap between the technological "haves" and "have-nots"; and political and civic engagement, giving voice to the Latino community's perceptions, preferences, experience, voting trends and political behavior.

Phone: (213) 821-5615 | Location: School offooter (site information) Public Planning & Development (PPD) 201 | Monday-Friday (8:30am-5pm)

Web: http://www.trpi.org/

USC TRiO Programs

The federally funded TRiO programs were created to motivate and support low-income and first-generation, minority students in progressing through the academic pipeline from middle school through college. USC TRiO includes three Upward Bound programs, one Upward Bound Math-Science program and two Educational Talent Search programs.

USC also is home to another federal TRiO program, the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program, which assists undergraduates in preparing for and enrolling in graduate studies at the doctoral level.

Phone: (213) 821-2402| Location: Research Annex / Hoffman Contracts Research Building 262 |

Monday-Friday (9am-5pm)

Website: http://communities.usc.edu/college-access/trio-programs/

The USC Center for Women & Men

The USC Center for Women & Men exists to facilitate the success of students, faculty and staff by providing innovative opportunities for leadership and scholarship and by offering advocacy and confidential counseling to those who have experienced gender-related harm. Through its educational programs, the Center fosters a better understanding of feminism, healthy masculinity and gender equity. Above all, The USC Center for Women & Men serves as a haven for students, staff and faculty.

Phone Number: (213) 740-4900 | Location: Student Union (STU) 202C | Monday – Friday (9am-5pm)

Web: http://www.usc.edu/student-affairs/cwm/ 

USC Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity

The mission of the USC Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity (USC KCLC) is to provide enhanced academic support services at the University of Southern California. USC KCLC does this by providing individual learning strategy sessions, tutoring in academic disciplines, and assistive technology for students with a identified learning disorder (LD), dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other learning differences. The Center incorporates a multidisciplinary approach to assisting students’ learning and support strategies. This approach includes access to professionals in psychology, occupational therapy, educational psychology, and neuropsychology within the university. In addition, students have access to learning specialists and specialized content area tutors.                                                                                                                                                 Contact: 213-740-7884 | Location: Student Union (STU), Suite 311
http://kortchackcenter.usc.edu                                                                                          Hours: Monday-Friday (8:30am-5pm)

USC Latino Forum

The mission of the USC Latino Forum is to promote networking among USC staff and faculty; to foster recruitment, recruitment, retention and professional advancement; to advocate for issues of interest to its members; to promote the recruitment and retention of Latino students at USC; and to serve as a liason between the university and the community. The USC Latino Forum has historically served as the voice of Latino Faculty and Staff at the University of Southern California since 1987. We gather several times a semester for social, academic and intellectual events that celebrate and stimulate conversations around what it means to be Latino at USC in Los Angeles and in the United States as the demographics continue to shift around us. Annual events include the Tamalada in December, the Carne Asada in May/ June, as well as panel discussions, guest speakers and off-campus socials. Membership is open to any USC faculty or Staff member interested in improving the quality of life for Latinos and all people of color on the USC campus.

Contact: (213) 821-5363 | Location: Kaprielian Hall (KAP) 462 |

Email: latino4m@dornsife.usc.edu  | Web: http://dornsife.usc.edu/latinoforum

The Writing Center

The Writing Center is a component of the Writing Program that provides one-to-one consultations and computer resources to assist any student who seeks or is required to have individualized assistance in writing. Available to all students at the university, both undergraduate and graduate, the Writing Center is characterized by a non-judgmental, comfortable environment; it is a friendly place where students and consultants work collaboratively at all stages of the writing process, from getting started on a topic to revising and editing a draft of a nearly complete essay.

Contact: (213) 740-3691 | Location: Taper Hall (THH) 321

Web: http://dornsife.usc.edu/writingcenter/