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Students map out ways to make L.A. a friendly place for the elderly

Which bus stops have benches? What is my emergency evacuation plan? Where are free flu shots offered? Students in the new class “Age-Friendly L.A.,” a Wicked Problems Practicum sponsored by USC Provost Michael Quick, aim to provide answers to these questions and others in the hopes of making Los Angeles a better place to grow old. Using interactive maps, they’re developing a website and mobile app to tell layered stories about aging in Los Angeles that can serve as a resource for community leaders and residents. The course includes students and faculty from the USC Price School of Public Policy.

Schweitzer, Southers discuss hate speech, policy implications after Charlottesville

After the events in Charlottesville, people have reason to discuss what constitutes hate speech and its impact on the public, Associate Professor Lisa Schweitzer told an audience of students, faculty and staff at a Sept. 12 Policy Forum hosted by the USC Price School of Public Policy. Schweitzer was joined by Dean Jack H. Knott and Professor Erroll Southers, director of the Safe Communities Institute, in a discussion of the policy implications and responses to racism and extremism after the violence triggered by a white-nationalist rally in the Virginia city last month.

Alumni Q&A: Liana Elliott, MPL/MPP ’14

Liana Elliott currently serves as the Chief of Staff to the New Orleans City Council president Jason Williams. In addition, she and her husband, MarkAlain Déry, founded a new community radio station – WHIV-FM – which features programming dedicated to human rights and social justice. Elliott has spent more than a decade working in community development, nonprofits and social justice causes in New Orleans. She graduated with dual master’s degrees in public policy and urban […]

Price participates in inaugural Bovard Scholars program, helps high schoolers see impact of policy, planning fields

Representatives from the USC Price School of Public Policy participated in the inaugural year of the USC Bovard Scholars program, which brought 50 select high-achieving students from diverse backgrounds to campus over the summer for three weeks of intensive college and career preparation. The program aims to help high-achieving high school students with financial need gain admission to and succeed at the nation’s top universities. As part of the program, Price faculty, staff and alumni showed this group of future college students how an education in policy and urban planning could lead to professional roles where they can solve an array of problems in their communities.

Health care diversity program offers students inspirational insights, leadership lessons

The USC Diversity in Healthcare Leadership Initiative Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) – under the direction of USC Price School of Public Policy Professor LaVonna Lewis – held its 16th annual week-long seminar to introduce students to the myriad career options in health administration. This year’s program hosted 26 people interested in exploring the breadth and depth of the field of health administration.

At NABJ panel, Southers explains extremism, warned of Charlottesville violence

Two days before the violence and tragedy in Charlottesville, Va., USC Price Professor Erroll Southers noted in a panel discussion at the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans that the largest white nationalist gathering in a decade was scheduled for that weekend with even more protesters expected to attend. He called it a recipe for disaster. When the events unfolded as Southers had described, the media in attendance remembered.

Heikkila delivers keynote analyzing city plans at China planning conference

USC Price School of Public Policy Professor Eric Heikkila helped add a different perspective to urban planning issues in China by giving the closing keynote address at the International Association of China Planning (IACP) annual conference in Harbin, a city in northeast China.

Summer Scholars Program exposes international students to policy studies in US

Five students made their first visit to the United States to take part in the International Summer Scholars Program, a new offering from the Office of Global Engagement at the USC Price School of Public Policy, designed to introduce foreign students to graduate-level policy coursework in the U.S.