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Price MPP alum Kimberly Freeman named USC Dornsife School’s new diversity dean

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.

Denhardt shares expertise on organizational culture at Capitol hearing on sexual harassment

Like many public and private institutions in recent months, the California state legislature is looking to make changes in response to the national spotlight on sexual harassment. USC Price School of Public Policy Professor Janet Denhardt participated in a Jan. 24 hearing of the joint Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment and Response, which has been tasked with reforming the legislature’s policies for handling sexual harassment allegations.

Congresswoman Bass calls for retraction of FBI report on black identity extremism at USC event

U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass spoke at a USC School of Public Policy event on Feb. 2 to raise awareness about an FBI document that she is strongly concerned will lead to police violence against young black activists. Professor Erroll Southers led an open discussion with the Democratic House representative from California in a forum presented by two centers at the Price School — the Safe Communities Institute and the Bedrosian Center on Governance.

Once a foster youth, Carmen Noyola succeeds as student and single mom

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 panel examines blurred lines separating free speech, hate speech

Professor LaVonna Lewis led a timely panel discussion on the blurred lines between free speech and hate speech, as part of the USC Price School’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. The panel featured: Antonette Cordero, chief of the Division of Legal Affairs for the California Department of Justice; Camille Rich, a USC associate provost and Gould Law professor; and Maurice Hudson, an adjunct lecturer at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and former New York City Assistant Corporation Counsel.

USC’s Edwin Saucedo named a 2019 Schwarzman Scholar, will study in Beijing

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.

Diversity workshop aims to inspire future planning leaders, give every community a voice

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.

Los Angeles Urban Funders: Philanthropic initiatives in the aftermath of the 1992 civil unrest

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.