Meet Wanda Austin, The First Woman and African-American to Lead USC
USC News – Aug 21, 2018
The USC alumna and trustee talks about the challenges and opportunities ahead for the university, her plans as interim president, and a lifetime of breaking through barriers — but don’t call her a “pioneer.”

Dawnn Lewis Hosts ‘Focused N Fit’ Event for Youth
Lasentinel – May 31, 2018
Convened in partnership with USC Black Alumni Association, the event aimed to close the knowledge and needs gap.

Rise of a Leader Engineer
USC Viterbi School of Engineering Blog – May 8, 2018
USC NSBE President turns trials into triumphs by taking National Best Medium Chapter for NSBE while finishing her undergraduate degree at USC.

USC Program Creates Research Pathways for Undergrads in Science, Tech and Engineering
USC News – May 3, 2018
The Geobiology and Genomics Undergraduate Research Experiences program boosts diversity, helping students learn they can have stimulating experiences in research labs.

Nine Honored at 85th Annual USC Alumni Awards
USC News – Apr 30, 2018
Of the nine, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler received the Young Alumni Merit Award.

USC’s Chapter of National Society of Black Engineers Named Best in Nation
USC Viterbi School of Engineering Blog – Mar 28, 2018
The national honor reflects the group’s strength in academic excellence, professional development and community outreach.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs Feted by Hollywood’s Black Community at Pre-Oscars Dinner
Hollywood Reporter – Feb 28, 2018
Quincy Jones, Halle Berry, Kobe Bryant, Channing Dungey and Common were among many luminaries who toasted the Academy’s first black president at ICON MANN’s sixth annual dinner.

Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ May Inspire Black Students to Pursue Science Careers
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences (press release) – Feb 16, 2018
Seeing black lead characters who are scientists in Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ could inspire future generations, USC Dornsife Professor Clifford Johnson and USC students weigh in.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Aims to Decrease Disease Stigma
Daily Trojan Online – Feb 7, 2018
“HIV and AIDS disproportionately affects black youth,” said Tensie Taylor, assistant director of the USC Black Alumni Association. “To see some of the USC students [saying] they don’t even talk about their STDs or HIV status with their partner, I found that alarming because part of the ways you can prevent [the diseases] is to know your status — to have the conversation.”

USC Must Address Student Debt Crisis
Daily Trojan Online – Jan 26, 2018
The data showed 49 percent of black borrowers and 36 percent of Latino borrowers have defaulted on a student loan for their undergraduate education, compared to 21 percent of white borrowers. The report also analyzes college graduates in addition to overall loan borrowers, and within that statistic, 25 percent of black graduates tended to default.

Outreach Mission Takes Trojans to Nicaragua to Provide Desperately Needed Dental Care 
USC News – Dec 27, 2017
The all-volunteer mission group includes students like Levi Powell, a DDS student whose passion for community service began as an undergraduate student at USC; he was active in fundraising for AIDS awareness and in student government, and is currently advising on new Black History Month banners to be installed on the University Park Campus in February.

USC’s Black Cultural Center Marks 40 Years as a Valued Venue for Candid Conversation
USC News – Dec 20, 2017
A national movement for ethnicity-based student services led to its creation four decades ago. Michèle Turner, executive director of the USC Black Alumni Association and freshman in 1977, said systems for class registration and tuition payment were confusing and subject to errors before the arrival of computers.

Black Alumni Shine for USC Homecoming
Lasentinel – Nov 11, 2017
“Ain’t no party like a USC BAA Party.” This was evident as hundreds of USC Black Alumni came out to celebrate, support and visit with old and new friends at the annual USC Black Alumni Association Homecoming Celebration, on Saturday, November 4, on the USC campus.

Profile: Reaching for the Stars
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences (press release) – Oct 20, 2017
Alumnus Anthony Sparks, writer and co-executive producer on the acclaimed TV drama series “Queen Sugar,” credits USC Dornsife for his successful career.

USC Black Alumni Association’s “Fantastic Voyage” 2107 Scholarship Benefit
Lasentinel – Apr 15, 2017
Nearly 300 USC Black Alumni dined and celebrated in an “all white affair” on Saturday, March 25, aboard a four-level yacht in the Marina del Rey harbor, with a featured performance by Grammy Award winning artist Anthony Hamilton

Insightful Stories Help USC Athletics Mark Black History Month
USC News – Feb 8, 2017
Special website celebrates Trojan role models and their stories. In the latest entry, Steven Mitchell Jr. discusses the importance of his football family — and his fraternity.

Black Alumni Association Ceremony Welcomes New Students
USC News – Aug 23, 2016
Cecil L. Murray delivers the invocation at the 16th Annual Trojan Family Pinning and Affirmation Ceremony hosted by the USC Black Alumni Association.

USC Selects Black Alumni Association as ‘Volunteer Organization of The Year’
Lasentinel – Jul 6, 2016
The University of Southern California has announced that the USC Black Alumni Association has been chosen by the USC Alumni Association as the Volunteer Organization of the Year.

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