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.

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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They meet at a party, they drink, boundaries become blurred. The issue of consent is a central theme in ACTUALLY. How the issue evolves depends largely on what each character’s experience has been. Does handsomeness bring privilege? Does a strong support system determine privilege? Gender dynamics, race, societal perceptions, measures of success all come into question and the conversation will have a lifetime effect not only on the characters but the audience as well.

In this podcast, Aubrey Hicks, LaVonna Lewis, Oliver Mayer, and John Sonego discuss the themes and how familial background/experiences can modify a truth.

“We are all vulnerable as a victim or perpetrator. Students need to hear real voices for true transparency; otherwise, Title 9 is all about compliance and management.” (L. Lewis)

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USC Price undergraduate education extends from local to global

For all parents, sending their sons and daughters to the USC Price School of Public Policy is a significant investment in the future. As part of Trojan Family Weekend, USC Price Professor LaVonna Lewis and Assistant Professor William Resh explained to new Trojan parents how the school’s unique undergraduate labs and summer enrichment programs offer…

USC Price earns NASPAA Diversity Award for research, programs, outreach

In recognition for its Initiative on Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion – a comprehensive effort that involves hiring diverse faculty and staff, recruiting a diverse student body, fostering a supportive climate, making diversity a key policy issue and supporting outreach activities – the USC Price School of Public Policy has been selected as a recipient…

Healthcare diversity program aims to educate, inspire future leaders

This summer, a group of students spent a day volunteering to cook lunch and sort clothes at the Downtown Women’s Center, an organization dedicated helping women overcome poverty and homelessness. The service activity helped them gain “a sense of the social determinants of health,” according to USC Price School of Public Policy Professor LaVonna Lewis,…

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

Featuring Raphael Bostic, LaVonna Lewis, Lisa Schweitzer, and Danielle Williams   In this edition of the Bedrosian Book Club Podcast, we’re continuing our conversation about race in America, from a slightly different angle. Walter Mosley, most known for his LA crime fiction, tackles aging and agency in this beautiful novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Ptolemy Grey…

Lewis: Acknowledge Different Interpretations of Events

by Justine Dodgen Today we’re continuing our discussion of how there is frequent evidence of racial bias in how violence is portrayed in the media. We have been asking faculty members to respond with their ideas for how we, as consumers of news or members of the media, can “do better” at recognizing and overcoming this…