Our Stories, Our Goals

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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.


Our Stories

April 2018 – Poem

intersection is where / the spine meets / each rib cage
and the weight / of the world is / tempered with
lived experience / densified by / lands of origin
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April 2018 – Story: Instances of a colleague’s racial stereotypes

In both awful instances, I was stunned. Stunned by the fact that these were “core peers” who have similar tenure. Yes, I was offended by what I found to be racist stereotypes of “You are Hispanic, therefore you are Mexican and most know how to cook tamales” and “You are Hispanic therefore you must enjoy rice and beans.” Oddly, what upset me the most was that I had spent four years with these folks and they had not taken the time to know that I am not Mexican and where I am from, we are full of culture, color, joy and a cuisine that expands pass rice and beans. It reminded me that the battle continues and I can never get comfortable. Also, it reminded me that you cannot learn anything when your mouth is moving and often you have to take time to listen.
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Story: Mixed Heritage

Throughout my time at USC, I've experienced a lot of insensitive or outright offensive circumstances as someone of mixed racial and ethnic heritage. I've received glares for walking with a partner of another race in different neighborhoods. But I think the most hurtful and lasting incidents are those from friends or classmates.
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Story: From policy debate to personal insults

Our argument ended and we went our separate ways. I saw him around campus from time to time after that incident, but we never spoke again. I continued advocating No On Prop 54 and was thrilled when the residents of California voted against it. And as I continued pursuing my education, I made a commitment to do everything in my power to ensure that children who come from my community and communities like mine have access to the resources they need to thrive so they are never question about whether or not they belong.
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Goal: Access to Resources

I want to ensure that every child has access to the resources and support that they need to thrive and be the whole person that God created them to be.
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A Seat at the Table: BHM and Price’s Call to Action

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.
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‘Moving Forward’ Anniversary

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.
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Story: Racial slur

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.
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Story: Group dynamics and conflict

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.
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Poem: “A Serendipitous Encounter”

Am I just another statistic? / Am I just another statistic? / The one who wasn't meant to survive the hood / But the one that could, and I made it here / Yet this still don't seem clear / so I ask myself. / Am I just another statistic?
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Goal: Learning

I want to help to further embrace and learn from diverse underrepresented communities at the Price School.
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Story: Being a Latina woman in graduate school

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.
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Story: Advisor/Faculty-Student Relationships and Respect

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.
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Story: Exploring Minority-on-Minority Relations

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.
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Story: Cultural Communications

When I was a volunteer Chinese teacher in Cebu, Philippines, I was shocked by the fact that misunderstanding could become such a huge barrier between cultural communications.
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Goal: Dignity

In the world, I want to help accomplish a society - starting from a small-scaled entity (e.g. own personal/social networks, neighborhood) to a larger/broader one - where everyone's dignity is rightfully and righteously considered.
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Goal: Affiliation

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.
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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.
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Story: In-Class Dialogue on Racism

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.
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Goal: Understanding and Communication

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.
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Story: Lack of Support

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].
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Goal: Positive Footprint

I want to leave a positive footprint at Sol Price through my contributions, whether it be through writing, volunteer hours, or simply by learning, and taking what I have learned from USC, and implementing positive change in our world.
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Story: Facing assumptions

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...
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Goal: Service and Opportunities

I have and want to continue to provide assistance for all who want to persevere and succeed, especially those who have an extreme amount of obstacles to overcome via education, social work, training, justice, equity, and employment.
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Story: ‘Where are you from?’

When I first started interacting with this one particular group of people, I had very some interesting interactions. I had one of them ask me where I was from - fairly common question for someone like me (brown)...
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Story: Experiencing ignorance and anti-Semitism

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.
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