Lewis named 2018 USC community achievement honoree for promoting cultural competency inside classroom and beyond

Toward the end of the spring semester, representatives from three university student organizations showed up at a class taught by USC Price School of Public Policy Professor LaVonna Lewis and announced she had been chosen as the recipient of the 2018 Student Government Community Achievement Award.

“You can hold someone accountable and hold them at the same time.”

Ashlee Marie Preston, civil rights activist, writer, speaker, and host of the excellent podcast SHOOK with Ashlee Marie Preston. Ashlee Marie has many talents, but she is, above all, a communicator. She conceived her podcast as a “platform that is intentional about unpacking the accurate narrative of not just LGBTQ people or trans people, but being intentional about creating the world in which you wish to live in.” Listen to her activism and how you can be an ally.

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“I am a powerful agent of change. I am deliberate. And I am not afraid.”

Native American award-winning film director and producer, actor, singer/songwriter, author, and founder and CEO of multiple media organizations, humanitarian Joanelle Romero. Joanelle was born in both the artistic and activist worlds and has spent her life bringing those two realms together. Listen to Joanelle share stories about her many years’ being an artist and humanitarian, and from where she draws all the necessary strength in a climate where the Native American—and especially the Native woman—is absent from virtually all popular media.

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Speaking Your Truth

In this episode, LaVonna B. Lewis tells the story of this new effort, known as the Initiative on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice, and she implores us to follow the Price School’s lead in our everyday lives.

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A Wrinkle in Time

Ava DuVernay’s spectacular film A Wrinkle in Time has met with mixed reviews. The book the film adapts is both classic and beloved and also one of the most banned books in American schools and libraries.

featuring host Jonathan Schwartz and guests Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, Anita Dashiell-Sparks, and Eshan Zaffar.

Lunch with a Leader: Joanelle Romero

As an actress, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, producer and filmmaker of American Indian performing arts including programming on her Red Nation Media Network Channel, Joanelle Romero has entertained, inspired, moderated, enlightened the general public for nearly 30 years. Using media as a primary tool, Romero has created a connection within Indian Country including the film, television and music industries…

Thor Steingraber: “I view my role as the leader of an arts organization as being a public servant”

Listen to Thor Steingraber, executive director of Cal State Northridge’s Valley Performing Arts Center, or “The Soraya,” explain he how sees himself as a public servant. “The great thing about public leadership and public policy, in the end: the greater good of the greatest number of people is achieved by the same means.”

Listen now! Regain some faith in contemporary leadership while you’re with us.

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Sports and Racial Justice in America

To some, it represents the highest ideals of our society. To others, it is a symbol of unfulfilled potential at best, outright oppression at worst. Are we referring to the American flag? Or to American sports? This debate is about more than one athlete or one gesture. It is about an institution, a system of competition, dominance, and deeply ingrained beliefs. In this episode, we examine this balance of power—and the protestors who are trying to change it. In front of a live audience at the USC Gould School of Law, Prof. Jody David Armour interviews ESPN writer Jason Reid about Colin Kaepernick, political activism, and being black in America.

Special thanks to the USC Gould School of Law for sponsoring this event and allowing us to record as part of this ongoing series of conversations bringing you the smartest minds from the University of Southern California and beyond, wrestling with the defining challenges of our time.

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