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Building upon the momentum from last year’s inaugural USC Public Service Weekend program, the USC Price School of Public Policy introduced 27 undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds to the impact that careers in public service can make on social justice and equity. In partnership with the Public Policy & International Affairs Program, the Price School hosted its second USC Public Service Weekend in June around the theme of “Defending Our Communities: The Role of Social Justice in Public Service.”
An influx of college graduates in a city tends to increase wages for workers of all levels. But research from USC Price School of Public Policy Professor Richard Green, who directs the Lusk Center for Real Estate, shows that the resulting increase in housing costs offsets the higher earnings for low-skilled workers.
The Los Angeles Fire Department never had a comprehensive strategic plan in its previous 129-year history, until John Drake enrolled in USC Price’s Doctor of Policy, Planning and Development program to learn how to effectively design one. His professional dissertation “A Public Sector Organizational Change Model: Prioritizing a Community-Focused, Inclusive, and Collaborative Approach to Strategic Planning” formed the basis for the Los Angeles Fire Department: A Safer City 2015-2017 strategic plan.
The USC Price School of Public Policy has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas to engage in future collaborations, particularly in the area of homegrown violent extremism studies.
Watch the live webcast of the 2018 USC Price School of Public Policy Commencement Ceremony. The keynote speaker is Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
USC Price School of Public Policy 2018 valedictorian Vivian Le took many paths at USC before finding the right one. And beginning in September, Le will work for Bain and Company, a global management consulting firm.
As we consider the implications of this decision and the unresolved issues around immigration policy, I am reminded again of our School’s mission to improve the quality of life for people and their communities. One of the basic tenets of our curriculum is that effective policy always advances the public good and takes into account the impact on those most affected. I am profoundly aware this is a policy issue that is, at heart, one with an immeasurable impact on people and their families.