USC Price School of Public Policy

Events and News

Summer 2013

Sterling Franklin helps establish EML Scholarship Fund


A new EML Scholarship Fund has been established through an initial gift from Sterling C. Franklin, USC MPA ’76, and Trustee of the Morris S. Smith Foundation. Mr. Franklin’s gift will create a spendable account as opposed to an endowment, so the funds in the account can be used immediately – though they will need to be replenished regularly.

Program Director Bob Denhardt commented, “Mr. Franklin’s gift establishes the first scholarship fund specifically devoted to supporting EML students in their efforts to improve their leadership capacities and contribute in meaningful ways to our society. This is, however, just the first step. Now we all must join in, as I have already, to lending our financial support to a program that we know changes people’s lives as well as their leadership.”

With the opening of the EML Scholarship Fund, we invite all alums, faculty, staff, and friends of the program to send your donations as well. Please make out your check to the “EML Scholarship Fund” and address your contribution to Rosana Martinez, Program Administrator, at 650 Childs Way, RGL 301, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626.

Alum Ricardo Lara EML ’10 featured in Los Angeles Times


State Senator Ricardo Lara, a former EML student, was profiled in the L.A. Times on July 27 as “The point man in the push for immigrant rights.” Quoting from the article, Lara has “emerged in recent years as a key figure in the push for immigrant rights — the point man on the caucus’ often controversial agenda. His out-front role frequently puts him at odds with those who oppose the use of taxpayer resources to benefit people in the country illegally.”

Senator Lara’s legislative record includes many important victories for immigrant rights. “He has helped pass college scholarships for undocumented students, more on-the-job protection for California farmworkers and a law preventing police from seizing undocumented drivers’ cars, among other policy changes. That’s a turnabout in a state where less than 20 years ago voters passed Proposition 187, containing some of the harshest treatment in the nation for those here illegally. The measure would have cut off government services to such immigrants but was voided by the courts.”

“I just hope,” said Lara, “that one day we get to the point where we embrace our diversity, we embrace our differences.”

EML launches “Leadership@USC” online magazine on Flipboard

The Executive Master of Leadership program has established a new Flipboard magazine called “Leadership@USC.”

Flipboard, the app, can be downloaded at or through the various app stores. While Flipboard is best viewed on an iPad, Kindle Fire, or similar device, it is now available for desktop or laptop use as well.

Once you sign into Flipboard, go to the search box at the upper right of the screen and enter Leadership@USC. You will then be able to access the magazine and “subscribe” to it (include it in your list of favorites).

Leadership@USC will help students, alumni, and friends of the program keep up with some of the latest articles and blogs on leadership today. It will also be used to house articles to be used in EML classes.