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All posts by: Angelica Gutierrez

February 21, 2019

Somerville Place

At USC we value diversity. It’s in our mission statement, we believe that diverse experiences will increase the experience of all students in the classroom. But what happens outside of the classroom? How do students find community?

At USC our Residential Life Education program provides various special interest housing. Previously, I wrote about the Rainbow Floor. USC Residential Education and USC Housing is proud to offer students the opportunity to live in a variety of living-learning options, thematic residential colleges and gender inclusive housing.

One of our oldest special-interest housing options is Somerville Place. Somerville celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2015, and the first residents moved in during the 1995 Fall semester. Since then, Somerville has served more than 500 students. The floor is named after John and Vada Somerville, who are the first black students to graduate from the USC Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry.

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January 17, 2019

USC Admission’s Multicultural Recruitment Team

USC has a strong commitment to welcoming students of every race, creed and background to campus. The Office of Admission takes into consideration all aspects of diversity in the application process and works closely with students to assist them.  In our efforts to promote diversity, we have two Associate Directors who lead multicultural efforts and work collaboratively with members of the Multicultural Recruitment Team. The team is currently led by Yamilet Medina Lopez who has been with the Undergraduate Admission Office for 9 years as one of the Associate Directors. This new year we welcomed Curtis Ferguson II as the second Associate Director for Multicultural Recruitment and we’re eager to introduce him to all of you!

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December 20, 2018

USC’s QuestBridge Scholar Community

QuestBridge is a national scholarship organization for high-achieving, low-income high school students. The program offers two scholarships, one for high school juniors called the College Prep Scholars Program, and a senior scholarship called the National College Match Scholarship. While we match fewer than 10 students every year through the QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship, we have one of the largest QuestBridge Scholars Network because so many QuestBridge finalists are admitted through USC’s regular decision admission process. If you are not matched, you will still be eligible for USC’s institutional merit scholarships.

To give you a perspective of USC’s Questbridge Scholar Network, I recently spoke with current President Edgar Bustos and past President Vanni Le. Edgar is one of our few matched scholars on campus. Although Vanni was not matched, she interviewed for the Trustee Scholarship and ultimately decided to attend USC.

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December 7, 2018

Native American Student Experiences at USC

Although USC has been steadily developing more resources for recruiting and supporting Native American students on campus, there is actually a long history of Native students at USC. I recently sat down with Karras Wilson (Quechan/Cocopah), Director of Native American Students Outreach and Recruitment, and Vanessa Gomez Brake, Associate Dean of Religious Life and we spoke about that legacy and history on our campus. As an example, Karras mentioned one of our most notable Native alumni, Joseph Medicine Crow, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2009. Joseph Medicine Crow was an acclaimed Native American historian and last surviving war chief of Montana’s Crow Tribe. Mr. Medicine Crow received his Master’s Degree in Anthropology and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from USC in 2003.

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October 25, 2018

Celebrating Differences: Spotlight on the LGBTQ Resource Center and the Rainbow Floor






Hello prospective Trojans, my name is Angélica and I am an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at USC. This is my second blog post in a series that focuses on USC resources for groups historically underrepresented in higher education. This week, to celebrate the end of LGBT History Month, I’ll be focusing on the LGBTQ Resource Center and the Rainbow Floor in Residential Life.

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April 19, 2018

First in My Family

Hello everyone! My name is Angelica and I am an Admission Counselor here at the USC Office of Undergraduate Admission. I wanted to take a moment to write to you about first generation college student resources at USC. This is an important topic for me because I am a first generation college graduate. I was the first in my family to leave South Los Angeles and venture out-of-state for school and landed in upstate New York. I thought the transition to college would be easy because I was very independent in high school. As the oldest in my family, I had a part-time job, volunteered every weekend at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, participated in competitive cheerleading and was on the swim team. I graduated in the top of my class and thought I was unstoppable. However, when I got to college, I felt like small fish in an ocean. While I was excited about all the new opportunities available, I was also overwhelmed.

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