USC Price students, faculty, alumni and staff are invited to contribute their stories – past and present, good and bad, inside or outside of Price – with the intent of advancing dialogue, understanding and learning within the Price community.
As public policy students, I believe we’re called to not just learn about how to just acquire and attain positions of influence just for the sake at sitting at these tables of importance, but I believe we’re supposed to serve and make space for those who have never had a voice to participate, and that belief I know is not lost among a good deal of the people I’ve met at Price.Read more »
Wow-the 1 year anniversary of our launch of this website. I want to thank all of you that have posted a story, poem or video, or took the time to review any of the same, or attended one of our face to face sessions. These stories, poems, and videos are all about us-our victories, our disappointments, and our opportunities to learn from one another.Read more »
I was once at a small party held by some friends of mine in Baltimore, MD. The crowd was predominantly white, with little other representation. I came to the party with my friend, who is Korean-American. She was also friends with the hosts and I can confidently say that neither of us previously witnessed any explicit ethnic biases within that particular group.Read more »
No matter what I said, it was misconstrued as a personal attack, and the other felt victimized. I keep thinking of Nina Simone words, "You've got to learn to leave the table when love's no longer being served." At some point that may be needed, but as of now, practicing compassion, honing in on my conflict resolution skills, and staying true to myself without hurting others is what I must do.Read more »
Perhaps before anything is addressed the concept and application of social justice, civil rights and diversity should carefully be looked at. Perhaps it is time to re-engage those ideas; as many of us are unaware of what those sentiments mean, nor how they should be applied in terms of a function state of social consciousness.Read more »
I believe that social awareness is always the solution. Maybe my story will separate the jump between being married, being a Latina woman and being highly educated and ambitious. I think it starts with conversations and programs like this one to ponder the ideas we create, as society, around marriage and race and how they are so interconnected with policy at a greater scale.Read more »
As an international graduate student at USC and a somewhat "third culture kid" here in the States, thankfully I haven't really experienced negative encounters here at Price. I do appreciate the school's continuing efforts to bring up conversations about justice, diversity, and inclusiveness. One thing that I would hope would/could be addressed in future Moving Forward series as we "move forward" with this wonderful initiative, is related issues that occur in academia and in advisor/faculty-student relationships.Read more »
With all of the racial tension and issues facing immigrants and minorities in our country recently, I believe it may also be necessary to address minority on minority relations as well. Bringing this matter to the attention of others is not intended to increase tensions or discrimination within any racial groups, but rather enlighten those who subconsciously treat others the way they don't want to be treated.Read more »
Conversation Summary: Are professors and other members of the class prepared to deal with ‘non-traditional’ students?
Our Moving Forward conversation on April 18 initially focused on particular courses and how the professors handled differences in meaningful ways. The discussion led with the question, “Are the professors and other members of the class prepared to deal with a ‘non-traditional’ student?”Read more »
I want to help accomplish affiliation at the Price School. Price is not only an academic or professional school for me, but also a big affiliate family. Although I have had many Chinese friends at Price so far, I do not have any friends from domestic US or other International regions. Some of my Chinese friends make a joke that it seems like we still study and live in China. Our Chinese circle is not closed, actually we just do not know how to open it to friends from other countries.Read more »
Story: Op-ed on the importance of peaceful resistance against discriminatory treatment, no matter your legal status
I’m a Price master's student who authored a guest column in the Long Beach Press-Telegram about the importance of peaceful resistance against discriminatory treatment by authorities and exercising of civil rights, no matter what your legal status currently is. I want to share my story with the Price community to bring awareness to the undocumented student movement and how you can be an ally in this pivotal time of need.Read more »
PPD-300: Social Justice Issues in Public Policy and Urban Planning has been the most formative class I have taken as a Price student. After working in various social justice spaces, I was more than excited to learn that this class was newly required for Price majors. In this class, I have learned that as someone who has found her voice, it is my turn to let others find theirs.Read more »
I want to help accomplish understanding and communication in the world. There might be differences or even divides between us, but I am sure there should not be superiority or inferiority. Do not judge before you make effort to know more about one country or culture. Understanding and communication will be a good bridge among different cultures, which will bring us peace, respect and friendship.Read more »
When I came to USC in 2004, I was attracted to the program because I hoped to investigate the intersections of business, philanthropy, nonprofits and community empowerment (especially vis a vis LGBT communities of color and other marginalized peoples). I was assigned a faculty advisor who made it clear that this person had no regard for my interests despite my deep background in [the field].Read more »
Conversation Summary: How do we remain open to the views and words of others, when their words and assumptions cause us pain?
Summary of the Moving Forward Conversation Series Follow-up Discussion on March 21, 2017.Read more »
Fast forward from a conversation about choosing between two competing MPP programs: When learning that I had been offered a full-ride tuition and a large stipend from a competing MPP program, a student claimed that they were not offered any money from this program because they were white and did not qualify for diversity scholarships. I corrected this student by informing them that my scholarship from this school was a merit scholarship...Read more »
Our School and schools like it, emphasize skills that are needed to do well in statistics and economics courses, in courses that are based in theoretical structures and applying them in a fairly schematic way. Yet there are other skills in policy, planning, and development practice...Read more »
From pre-school through midway of second grade, my parents and I lived in Bergen County, NJ in a town called Dumont. On the surface – in a liberal leaning state – Dumont looks very peaceful, with a small-town feel, and the very definition of American suburbia.Read more »
I am Mexican-American and in today’s terminology Hispanic. I was born in the United States, California to be exact, in the white neighborhood of Redondo Beach, in 1947.Read more »