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Equity & Solidarity

Build Community Support

Officialize ASL as a foreign language option for students

Why: Institutions under the University of California accept ASL as a foreign language because California recognizes ASL as a foreign language. Moreover, Stanford--a private university like USC--accepts ASL as a foreign language.

How: Work with Dornsife Language Center to offer ASL as a language course for students to fulfill language requirements.

Expand USC’s meal plan dining dollars to encompass the Village and the Trojan Farmers Market

Why: Students should be allowed to use their dining dollars anywhere around campus, and be given equal opportunity to indulge in and engage with students' favorite vendors without enduring the burden of unnecessary food expenses.

How: Collect survey from the student body and present to USC Auxiliary Services, USC Sustainability and USCard Services to advocate for and plan for the expansion of the meal plan dining dollar program to encompass Village vendors and Trojans Farmers Market.

Institutionalize CalFresh for all on-campus and Village vendors and businesses

Why: The price of food at USC is expensive; therefore, we must support students disproportionately affected by food insecurity and lack of access to food. All students should have access to the same benefits at on-campus eateries.

How: Work with on-campus and Village vendors and businesses to apply for and receive Food and Nutritional Services approval to integrate Cal Fresh EBT into their Point-of-Sale commerce 

Implore administrators to expand space for cultural spaces and Lavender Lounge

Why: Marginalized students deserve to have a space on campus where they feel fully comfortable in being themselves to call home, can meet with peers and allies for their community, and have access to community specific resources.

How: Work with VP of Student Affairs Winston Crisp to develop a Black House and Chicano House on or around campus, expand the Lavender Lounge to one comparable to the size of other university LGBTQ+ centers, and increase communal safe spaces for students with disabilities.

Strengthen our university’s relationship with the South Central community

Why: The university engaging more with South Central engagement strengthens its partnership with the greater community, mutually benefiting from each other by exchanging knowledge for resources.

How: Create engaging videos and modules in partnership with Trojan Learn to educate students on how they can be better neighbors to members of the South Central community and build stronger community relations by increased funding and support for local programs.

Identify and assist impact-oriented student projects outside of USG

Why: Volunteerism provides Trojans with the opportunity to become active members of the South Central community and has a lasting, positive impact on those who need it most.

How: Partner with the Student Services Assembly, Volunteer Center, and Career Center to host service-oriented volunteer fairs and luncheons, and work with the Financial Aid office to provide funding to students working in unpaid community impact-oriented roles. Lastly, we will work with our Chief Financial Officer to establish a fund to assist social-impact oriented entrepreneurship.

Host Bi-Weekly Luncheons with several RSOs, assemblies, and administrators

Why: We want students to use their voice to express their concerns, and tell their student leaders changes that they want to see from their student government.

How: Our intention is to spend almost every day out in the community, whether online or in-person, to ensure we are actively engaging with all members and organizations in our Trojan family..

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Reenvision DPS to center on public safety and community support. 

Why: Department of Public Safety is needed to protect our Trojan community; however, we must not uplift one group at the expense of another group: we must abridge campus safety with our community. 

How: Refine the Police Memorandum of Understanding between our University and the State of California, advocate for better screening of prospective DPS Officers, and urge for more sensitivity training for officers.

Ensure Equitable Opportunity

Work to standardize and regulate USG’s recruitment process to promote inclusion

Why: USG must reevaluate its priorities and revitalize its mission to represent all students.

How: Decrease application length and remove recommendation component to make the application more accessible to all students, and create a standardized way by which the entire organization assesses and interviews applicants to help mitigate both unconscious and conscious biases in the recruitment process.

Provide students with disabilities counselors to ease their transition into US

Why: All students deserve the sense of belonging: we must bring students with and without disabilities together, to the benefit of both groups--and this starts with equitable counseling.

How: Work with USC Disability and Service Programs to provide additional funding and expand staff to provide counselors starting with orientation, making these resources increasingly accessible via a DSP widget on myUSC.

Develop an International Student Peer Mentorship Program: Support international students in acclimating to USC and the US through peer-to-peer support

Why: Our International student community lacks support from our university, despite them being a lifeline to the USC community, and making up a large portion of our population.

How: Expand and provide better funding to the Office of International Services and partner with them to grow the International Student Assembly’s mentorship program and provide mentors with well rounded and officialized training component.

Install one gender-neutral bathroom per building

Why: This is a basic necessity for any student regardless of sexuality or gender identity and is a change that is long overdue.

How: Working with the Office of the Provost, Planning and Design to modify existing and new building plans to accommodate this change.

Aide the USC Office of Orientation Programs in providing spring admits and transfers students with an equal orientation experience

Why: Spring Admit and Transfer students are just as much part of the Trojan family as we all are, and they deserve to be treated with just as much love, care, and respect.

How: Work with the USC Office of Orientation Programs to expand winter orientations to mirror the orientation experience provided to students over the summer, while also providing Spring Admits and transfer students with the resources to feel welcomed and well connected with the University before classes officially start.

Organize a university-wide Transfer Student Ambassador Program

Why: All transfers deserve an orientation experience equal to first-year admits and fall admits.

How: Aid the Transfer Student Assembly in expanding the Emerging Leaders Program and Transfer Success Program, and work with Campus Activities and each USC school’s administration to expand TSP and ELP in encouraging student involvement and engagement.

 

02 

Resource Allocation & Availability

Introduce “The Trojan Experience”: USC Platform to facilitate conversations for student academic, housing, and recreational recommendations

Why: IBecause of the pandemic, students have lost almost a year of their campus experience, time in which they would typically gain valuable information on student recommendations word of mouth, something that has more adversely affected our first year USC students. Through this platform, we can minimize some of the impact of the time we’ve lost.

How: Work with USC IT Services to create a platform that allows students to anonymously share recommendations on recreational events, venues and vendors in Los Angeles, local non-USC housing, and student hosted events. This platform will also work to utilize course evaluations and work with professors to share clicks of their teaching style and change in grade trends over time in order to give students more information to make the best choice for their classes. Overall, this platform will work to enhance the Trojan experience.

ArtSC Empowerment: Fund serving to alleviate additional costs Arts students endure for their projects

Why: USC has numerous directories for students, yet none of them visually communicate with students - students end up feeling more confused after referencing current university directories.

How: Design and release a coherently recognizable concept map of our campus, similar to the likes of Rice University and the University of San Diego, to further provide all students with equal and visual access to USC resources. Our goal is to release the guide on myUSC and all USC-student apps.

Promote Resource Availability

Greater access to transcripts and video recordings of lectures and discussions

Why: IThe pandemic has proven the resourcefulness of transcripts and recordings for students to better enrich their educational experience.

How: Urge university and college administrators to negotiate with professors and provide students with access to lecture transcripts and video recordings.

Develop the Trojan Visual Resource Guide: 3D-Concept map of campus accessible through myUSC

Why: USC has numerous directories for students, yet none of them visually communicate with students - students end up feeling more confused after referencing current university directories.

How: Design and release a coherently recognizable concept map of our campus, similar to the likes of Rice University and the University of San Diego, to further provide all students with equal and visual access to USC resources. Our goal is to release the guide on myUSC and all USC-student apps.

Restore USG’s commitment to transparency with the student body

Why: Students feel disconnected from and ignored by their student government.

How: 1) Redesign the Undergraduate Student Government website; 2) publicize a comprehensive project tracker for all USG departments; and 3) revitalize the USG President Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Push for a USG Syllabus Repository: Help students make better decisions for their classes

Why: Students deserve access to information and materials about classes prior to registration; these will guide students to make better decisions to improve their academic endeavors.

How: Work with administrators and professors to publish a syllabus for each course and gather it into a USG syllabus hub for students to search and access. 

Enhance Student Wellbeing

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Full-cost coverage for students to receive full, comprehensive STI testing

Why: We must prioritize the health and safety of the student body, and the welfare of our campus.

How: Present administrators with stats and data as evidence to cover the costs for students to get tested.

Break the stigma behind mental health within Greek life and Residential  Education through wellness seminars and monthly counselor check-ins

Why: Mental health and addiction are strongly correlated, and we must do our best to do preventative work to avoid students having to incur the lifelong implications of it.

How: Build stronger relations with Greek life leadership and Res Ed and work with them to provide their members with quarterly wellness forums and monthly counselor check-ins.

Equip Greek life members and Residential Assistants with emergency overdose training

Why: Greek and Residential life are communities that many students are either a part of, or engage with on a regular basis, and we must equip them with the resources to save one’s life in a life or death situation.

How: Work with USC Student Health and the LA County Department of Health to provide greek life risk management teams and Residential Assistants with naloxone kits and training on how to administer them.

Reinstate doctors notes from Engemann health professionals

Why: Now more than ever, student wellness should be one of our main priorities. Reinstating doctor’s notes from Engemann will enable students to prioritize their physical and mental health first without the fear of wrongful penalization.

How: Work with USC Student Health and Engemann to hire or appoint appropriate M.D. and/or staff to provide students with these notes.

Increase funding to diversify and expand counseling services and staff at Engemann

Why: Increase ensures that Engemann serves and represents the various needs and identities of the student body in order to ensure students feel safe and comfortable, and decrease wait times.

How: Work with Frank De Los Reyes, Senior Accounting/Financial Manager of USC Student Affairs & Engemann Student Health Center, USC’s new Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer, and Chief Health Officer Sarah Van Orman to increase funding for the diversification of staff and services in Engemann

Extend Engemann’s Hours of Operation during midterms and finals season

Why: Stress is an inevitable part of life and can take a toll on students’ physical health, emotional wellbeing, and academic success. Therefore, we must do everything possible to ensure students are allowed to access these resources at the times they likely need them most.

How: Work with Frank De Los Reyes, Senior Accounting/Financial Manager of USC Student Affairs & Engemann Health Center, and Chief Health Officer Sarah Van Orman to increase funding for Engemann and expand staff to support this increase in hours.

Partner with Residential Education to distribute customizable Trojan Wellness Kits to all students at the start of each semester

Why: Student wellness should be emphasized as a priority to students from Day 1 on campus.

How: Plan with Residential Education to curate various customizable kits that can benefit different aspects of student’s wellness, and distribute them on a semester basis to start each semester off on the right foot.

Hire a designated staff team at Engemann to administer rape kits

Why: Students deserve immediate access to a rape kit on campus, and should not journey off-campus to a Sexual Assault Response Team to receive a kit--a retraumatizing experience.

How: Work with Frank De Los Reyes, Senior Accounting/Financial Manager of USC Student Affairs & Engemann Student Health Center, and Chief Health Officer Sarah Van Orman to increase funding for Engemann and hire a dedicated team.

 

03 

 Accountability & Sustainability 

Reinforce Administrative Accountability

Advocate for student representation on the Board of Trustees

Why: This issue would ensure that USC includes a student perspective into its discussions before making decisions that affect our lives.

How: Meet with President Folt, Vice President Wright, and Vice Provost Crip to discuss pathways to appoint a student on the Board of Trustees, and ensure that the student meets with them on at least a monthly basis.

Urge for Tuition Freeze until USC presents students with affordable avenues

Why: This issue would ensure USC compromises on its commitment to making the university affordable for students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

How: Work with administration to off-set costs, apply the 80k income gap for tuition coverage to transfers as well.

Call a Student Affordability Board to consult with our USC Senior Administration on the university’s fiscal preparation and Budget distribution

Why: With COVID-19 exacerbating the financial circumstances of thousands of students, our administration must consult with students to offset extenuating costs and restore transparency about its budget planning and fiscal spending.

How: Assemble a team of student leaders that mirror the undergraduate family to advise and consult with Administration on upholding the university’s commitment to affordability for all. Trojans.

Bring awareness to the consequences of using Proctorio and AI services

Why: Students must sacrifice their privacy and risk their cybersecurity by using Proctorio and its AI counterparts.

How: Discussions with Carol Folt and the Student Advisory Board to express student concerns using facial recognition software because AI services erode the safety and security of all students.

Coordinate with the Administrators of each school to create and accomplish faculty diversity goals & school diversity training

Why: There is a gap between the diversity of the students and the diversity of professors at USC; USC must remedy this gap by hiring professors that more accurately represent the diversity of our student body. Furthermore, all faculty and students should be encouraged and held accountable in our goals toward diversity and ally-ship.

How: Conduct Round Tables with Deans of each school, and new Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer to strategize action plans towards diversifying university faculty and initiating mandatory diversity and ally-ship training for all, and help keep both administration and our students accountable in achieving these goals.

Consolidate support for employees in their continuing labor discussions

Why: It is critical that our Administration strives to maximize support for its affected staff wherever financially feasible; it must also plan and implement furloughs in a fair and transparent manner.

How: Coordinate efforts with USC SCALE to reinforce the significance of fair and equitable labor amidst a raging pandemic and looming economic downfall.

Improve Sustainability Efforts

Launch the DistanSC Project: USG and USC Transportation partnering with LA Metro to subsidize students for metro passes

Why: Incentivizing the use of the LA Metro system helps us achieve long term sustainability goals while also working to decrease any unnecessary additional costs to students, and increasing transportation accessibility.

How: Coordinate with the USC Department of Transportation to follow through with their promise to implement a University Pass system, subsidizing students for metro passes, and incentivizing them to use the LA Metro, while also expanding free transportation to LAX.

Introduction of a zero-waste conscious orientation module

Why: Emphasizing the importance of and tools to help implement a zero-waste lifestyle is essential to helping all students be better citizens of our planet and their own environment.

How: Work with Trojan Learn and the Environmental Student Assembly to create short and engaging orientation modules that include sustainable move-in and move-out tips.

Discontinue single-use plastic products by on-campus vendors and business

Why: Banning single-use plastic reduces pollution, but it also reduces the demand for plastic production that's contributing to global climate change.

How: Work with USC Hospitality and administration to progressively transition into using biodegradable and reusable products on campus.

Establish a University-wide composting system

Why: Composting helps us to reduce the negative impact of wasted food by putting it towards the growth of new produce.

How: Work with USC Sustainability to expand the new composting program to encompass ALL residential buildings on campus.

Divest the university’s endowment into community development and renewable energy

Why: USC must exemplify pride in its efforts towards creating a more environmentally responsible, sustainable institution by diverting its endowment into other renewable energy.

How: Join coalition efforts with DivestSC to work with USC’s Chief Investment Officer Amy Diamond to divest USC’s $277 million endowment from the fossil fuel industry, and invest in green energy.

Work with Garden Club to grow USC’s Urban and Parkside Gardens

Why: USC’s Urban and Parkside Gardens provide all Trojans with a sustainability-oriented community space, one that not only helps provide fresh, locally grown, and organic produce to us and our neighbors, but helps to bring our community together to nurture these spaces.

How: We will nurture a relationship with the Office of Sustainability and Urban Farming to ethically grow and expand the garden’s space and presence on campus to foster a healthy and community-oriented environment.

Coordinate with the Environmental Student Assembly and Committee on Sustainability to offset USC Athletics related air travel carbon emission

Why: Though USC already has it’s 2028 Sustainability Plan, it is up to us to do the best we can to help mitigate our short term net impact on the environment until these goals are achieved.

How: Partner with the Environmental Student Assembly to advocate for a carbon offset program to USC Sustainability, one that invests in projects that help bring the carbon emissions that result from USC varsity athletics related air travel, to net zero.

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