Rossier Leadership Month

USC Rossier’s leadership month includes virtual programming expanded from the schools typical in person leadership experience. The virtual sessions featured on July 10, 14, 15 & 16 may be of special interest to students affairs staff. View the calendar of events to find a session for you.

First Generation Mentor Program

The USC Career Center invites first-generation Trojan alumni to mentor current first-generation undergraduate students. As alumni staff, you have the added benefit of working on campus and knowledge of the resources available to students. As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete your Trojan Network profile.
Interested staff members can Review program dates and access the application.
First-Generation Mentor Program, Mentor Applications are due 8/14, Email Mallika Samtani ( with questions.

Staff Spotlight

Shout Out to Morgan Baker of Disability Services and Programs (DSP). Morgan helped develop the video game “The Last of Us: Part II,” consulting with game developers to make the game accessible for all individuals with disabilities. Their cutting edge work ensured that someone without either hearing or sight could successfully enjoy the game. Game users have described their experience with the game as “….barrier free for very many disabled users…” none of which would have been possible without the input of Morgan. Wow! Way to go Morgan!

Shout Out to USC Spirit Leader Alec Fisher who recently donated stem cells to provide them to a leukemia patient in need. Read all about Alec’s heroic journey in this USC News article. Alec you are a hero!

Is there a Student Affairs staff member that you would like to give a shout out to? Let us know!

Professional Development Opportunities

USC Rossier Leadership Month – Drop into a Rossier leadership month virtual program, expanded from the schools typical in person leadership experience these events offer a broad range of program offerings. The virtual sessions featured on July 10, 14, 15 & 16 may be of special interest to students affairs staff.

USC Office of the Ombuds Noontime Knowledge – Participate in casual conversation with the Ombuds. These weekly thirty minute lunch and learn conversations, dive into communication practices that can assist staff while working remotely. Topics include conflict resolution, dealing with bullies, how to disagree with others and navigating change.

USC Provost Human Resources Remote Working Best Practices – Now that many of us have been working remotely for over three months now, we encourage you to take a moment to get back to the basics. These best practices can assist you with setting up a workspace, getting into a routine and identifying resources available to improve your work from home experience.

USC Center for Work and Family Life (CWFL) Thriving Thursdays – Check out the CWFL’s 15 minutes of mental health support every Thursday at 12:15pm. Focused on a new topic weekly, this brief pause can help you stay centered and balanced.

NASPA Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice (EISJ ) Dialogues – Join colleagues for free facilitated dialogues that will serve as spaces to support, raise questions and discuss individual and institutional action. Topics include “care and healing for black student affairs professionals,” “confronting whiteness in student affairs work” and “supporting student activism and organizing during a pandemic.”

JED Webinar Series – Tune into the JED Foundation’s informative webinar sessions for college and university professionals on current issues in college mental health.