Office for Civil Rights clarifies position on sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination

The University of Southern California includes sexual orientation and gender identity and expression as protected characteristics in its Notice of Non-Discrimination statement and Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation. We highly value our LGBTQIA+ community members. We are gratified that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education has issued a new ruling…

Juneteenth Event Planned at USC

The University will be holding a special event in honor of Juneteenth, a day of celebration to symbolize the end of slavery in the United States that is also known as Freedom Day. The online event will occur on Saturday, June 19 at 12 p.m. on Zoom and will feature a program that honors the…

USC Celebrates Pride Month

Gay Pride rainbow banners line Trousdale Parkway on USC's campus, June 1s, 2019. (Photo/Gus Ruelas)

President Folt will usher in Pride Month on June 1 with a special Zoom event featuring faculty, staff, students and community members. The kickoff event is hosted by the Office of Cultural Relations and University Events on June 1 at 12 pm and is the first of several Pride Month events being hosted by various…

USC Community Reflects on Lessons Learned One Year After Floyd Murder

USC’s Student Health Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee marked the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent anti-racism movement it galvanized with a program for students, faculty, and staff that was designed to provide resources and motivate participants to engage in or continue anti-racism work.  The program commemorated the life of Floyd, who was killed while in police…