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USC Price School alumna Kimberly Freeman, MPP ’97, has joined the USC Dornsife School as associate dean, chief diversity officer. She recently spoke about her plans for diversity, equity and inclusion, and how exploring cultures and making connections have been critical to her journey in life.
To raise the profile of cultural assets located in the neighborhoods that form the “Los Angeles Promise Zone,” a federally designated community impact and improvement program, USC graduate students in Price’s “Urban Spatial Ethnography and Critical Cartography” course partnered with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs’ Promise Zone Arts project to create a collection of maps, videos and media highlighting everything from mariachi music to street vendors.
USC News featured Price MPL progressive degree student Carmen Noyola as one of their standout USC students of 2017. She has a lot on her plate as a 20-something single mom who is pursuing her degree, but Noyola believes the sacrifices will be worth it for herself, her son, and the people she hopes to help in her chosen career. “I want (my son) to think, ‘My mom did her best.’ I want him to be proud of me,” she says.
USC Price School of Public Policy Master of Planning students in the Associated Students of Planning and Development (ASPD) continued their award-winning Planning for College program — hosting high school sophomores from Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools on Nov. 17 to introduce them to the field of urban planning.
USC Price School of Public Policy Master of Public Administration student Edwin Saucedo has been selected as a 2019 Schwarzman Scholar and will undertake a one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Saucedo received his bachelor’s degree in public policy, planning and development in May from USC Price. A first-generation college student, he served as USC’s Undergraduate Student Government president from 2016-2017. Saucedo is among 142 students from 97 universities in 39 countries chosen for the third class of the Schwarzman Scholars, aims to educate and prepare exceptional men and women to confront the most difficult challenges of the coming century and develop an understanding of China necessary to lead in the future.
USC Price Professor David Sloane opened the recent Diversity in Planning Workshop by telling attendees that this is an incredible moment in urban planning — with state and local governments, as well as grassroots efforts, taking more ownership over how their own communities are being built. The workshop was the latest in the Price School’s four-year, ongoing effort to increase diversity in Master of Planning degree programs. Sixteen people attended from colleges across the state and country.
Shortly after the 1992 L.A. civil unrest, a funder collaborative emerged to improve socioeconomic conditions in three of the city’s most neglected neighborhoods. In all, more than 29 foundations participated in Los Angeles Urban Funders (LAUF), giving away more than $25 million over the course of a decade. LAUF modeled new and effective ways for foundations to work with each other and with low-income communities. The Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy undertook an inquiry to document the initiative and lessons for philanthropic practice and the field of community development.