Parkside International Residential College

Parkside IRC

Parkside International Residential College (IRC) opened in 2001, at 295,000 square feet and four floors, it was given its theme in order to create dialogue on global issues, and to bring together international and domestic residents in a single vibrant community. IRC provides generous suite-style living, a high quality restaurant downstairs, laundry and rec room on site, ample study space and lounge space, music practice rooms, performance café, classroom space, and an unmatched outdoor green space including fountain, fire pit, and community garden. Special Interest Floors in IRC include the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Floor. Three faculty in residence live at IRC, while another Faculty in Residence member resides at Apartments.

Parkside Apartments

While IRC is home to predominantly first-years students, Parkside Apartments (PKS) houses primarily students in their junior and senior years. Parkside Apartments is comprised of two adjoining six-story wings of two-person apartments, all with individual kitchenettes and bathrooms, offering a more independent living environment. Renovated in 2005, it was originally built to coincide with the 1984 Olympics and was part of the athletes’ Olympic Village.  PKS is aligned with IRC and shares its international theme as it is particularly known for offering the Muslim and Shalom (Jewish) Floors. These floors allow students to keep Halal or Kosher, if they wish, and provide enough space if the student plans to use their room for prayer. PKS also has an ongoing commitment to sustainability through recycling programs and the creation of the Michael Waterman Community Garden.

Living at Parkside allows residents to participate in intellectual, cultural and social exchanges with people who have a wide range of backgrounds and interests, in one of the most attractive locations on campus. The physical beauty, cultural richness, and wealth of study opportunities outside the classroom make the Parkside community at USC special. They are a unique collaborative learning center, and a place where Trojans are proud to live.

Parkside International Staff

 Alexa Layne

Graduate Residential College Coordinator

My name is Alexa and I am the Graduate Residential College coordinator for Parkside Apartments within the Parkside International Residential College. I recently graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Humanities and here at USC I am in my first year in the Rossier School of Education’s Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs master’s program. Reading is one of my favorite things to do when I get lucky enough to have some free time, so I seem to always be in the middle of a book or on my way to get a new one. If I’m not reading then I’m probably on the hunt for my next favorite coffee shop or outside soaking up the sun. I’m also a huge dessert fan and new to the LA area, so I’ll probably be exploring all the trendy food items LA has to offer as well!

Parkside International Faculty

Oliver Mayer, Faculty Master at IRCOliver Mayer

Faculty Master, Parkside International

Associate Professor, USC School of Dramatic Arts

Oliver Mayer is an Associate Professor with tenure at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Mayer is the author of nearly 30 plays, including his newest The Sinner From Toledo, adapted from a short story by Chekhov, scheduled for production in New York City in 2016. Other recent plays include Members Only, the sequel to his ground-breaking play Blade to the Heat; and Blood Match, inspired by the play Bodas de Sangre by Federico Garcia Lorca. Other plays include Fortune is a Woman, The Wallowa Project, Dias y Flores, Dark Matters, Conjunto, Young Valiant, Joy of the Desolate, Laws of Sympathy and Ragged Time. Mayer has also written the libretto for the opera America Tropical, as well as several sung pieces by composer Jenni Brandon. Along with several collections of his published plays, Mayer completed his first children’s book Big Dog On Campus Learns to be a Trojan, and its follow-up Big Dog On Campus Goes to the Library. On campus, he has received several university honors including the 2015 Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching, and a Mellon Mentoring Award for mentoring undergraduates. He is also Resident Faculty Master at USC’s Parkside International Residential College.

Kelly Sanders (Apts)Kelly Sanders

Residential Faculty, Parkside Apartments

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Kelly Twomey Sanders has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California in the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 2014. Sanders’ research analyzes topics related to sustainable energy, water and food production. She has authored more than two dozen publications and has given dozens of lectures and invited talks on topics at the intersection of engineering, science, and policy. In 2012, Sanders was recognized in Forbes’ “30 under 30: Today’s disrupters and tomorrow’s brightest stars” for her technical contributions to the energy and water fields. Her research has been featured in prominent media outlets including Forbes, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Bloomberg, Scientific American, and The Christian Science Monitor. She received her B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University in Bioengineering, as well as a M.S.E and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, respectively.

Sanders has been a residential faculty fellow in the Parkside Apartments community since August 2014. She loves the daily interactions that she has with residents and the opportunity to incorporate her passion of sustainability into residential life. Sanders and her husband have incorporated USC’s first res-ed composting program into Parkside Apartments and they have also installed a beautiful urban community garden behind Parkside Arts and Humanities that produces fresh organic vegetables for students, staff and the Parkside Dining Hall. When she is not working, Sanders loves running, yoga and trying new LA restaurants.

Alan Green

Residential Faculty, Parkside International

Associate Professor of Clinical Education, Rossier School of Education

Green earned a doctorate in counseling psychology from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and a master’s degree in school and community counseling from California State University in Sacramento. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for his doctoral work in Guyana on adolescent stressors, coping responses and psychological adjustment.

Green served as adjunct professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University and as a clinical psychology intern at the Maryland Department of Safety and Corrections. He joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University School of Education in 1999, becoming associate professor and chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Services. In addition, Green served as associate director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute, member of the Hopkins Provost Advisory Committee, board member of Advocates for Children and Youth, and executive board liaison for the Empowerment Academy Charter School. Green was the principal investigator for Project Inspiration, a federally funded urban school counseling demonstration program for the Baltimore public school system.

Green is a widely sought-after project evaluator and consultant to educational institutes and projects. His past and current community projects include the Community Social Mapping Project, the East Baltimore Education Initiative, the Maryland State Department of Education IDEA Partnership, the West Baltimore Middle School Targeted Student Support Services Project, the Malcolm X Middle School Mental Health Behavioral Support Program, the Merritt Education Center School-Based Mental Health Behavioral Support Program, and the Meade Middle School Community Partnership Initiative. In addition, Green has served as a consultant to the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center, the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School, and the Connexions Academy in Baltimore.

Green was a recipient of the 2006 Counselors for Social Justice ‘Ohana Honors Award for his efforts to affirm diversity and advocate for social justice.

Faculty Fellows

Beyond the faculty who live in residence, Parkside Arts & Humanities invites other USC professors to join our residential college for an academic year. These Faculty Fellows make new connections between our students and the broader University, and enhance our community’s intellectual and social life. Each Faculty Fellow teaches Writing 150 a first-year course in the Parkside complex. Fellows also join us for weekly Masters Dinners and lead occasional cultural outings into Los Angeles. We are delighted to welcome our 2018-2019 class of Faculty Fellows.

Ben Pack

Faculty Fellow, Parkside A&H 

Lecturer, USC Writing Department

Ben Pack is a Lecturer in the Writing Program, where he has taught since 2010, first as a Master of Professional Writing student and eventually as a full-time faculty member. As an undergraduate, he also attended USC, double majoring in film production and French. After undergrad he worked in feature film development, traveled from Canada to Chile, and wrote everything from greeting cards, to political ads, to screenplays and short essays. He still writes (almost) every day.



Emily Artiano

Faculty Fellow, Parkside A&H 

Lecturer, USC Writing Department

Emily Artiano joined the faculty of USC’s Writing Program in 2015 after earning her Ph.D. in early American literature from Northeastern University. Dr. Artiano’s scholarship focuses on linguistic colonization and language negotiations primarily in early American literature. This scholarship informs her pedagogy, and she has presented her work at several national conferences. Since arriving at USC, Dr. Artiano has become involved in community engagement projects with wonderful organizations in Los Angeles including the Francisco Homes and 826LA. Incorporating these community engagement projects into her writing courses has been one of the highlights of teaching at USC thus far for Dr. Artiano.

Parkside International Signature Events

Mid-Autumn Festival

This event is a traditional program that highlights the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival, the second grandest festival after the Spring Festival in China and in other Asian regions and provinces such as Vietnam. The Mid-Autumn Festival has a primary focus of being with family and friends and it takes its name from the fact that it is always celebrated in the middle of the autumn season. The day is also known as the Moon Festival, as at that time of the year the moon is at its roundest and brightest. Parkside International Residential College celebrates this event by bringing students together over food, performances, mahjong, and activities for all students.


Diwali is a celebration of ancient Hindu festival celebrated in fall every year. It is the biggest and the brightest festival in India that signifies the victory of light over darkness. As IRC is an internationally themed residential college we hope to be able to celebrate many different cultural festivals to make our students feel more at home. The program typically includes food, performances by student groups, rice mandala making, as well as time for students to socialize. We hope that students who are away from home can enjoy this festival and other students can learn more about the Indian culture

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Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year Celebration is a celebration of the New Year according to the lunar calendar and is a time to look towards ancestors, be present with family, and prepare for the New Year. Lunar New Year is celebrated by Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and many other cultural groups represented here at USC. It is an important cultural event that will bring a piece of home to people who celebrate it in addition to allowing those who do not know about the cultural context to learn about it. USC’s Lunar New Year celebration will feature food, calligraphy, mahjong, karaoke, and performances from various cultural groups on campus.

Persian New Year

Persian New Year- more commonly known as Norooz Mobarak, coincides with the first day of Spring. We will be catering Persian food and pastries, in addition to having traditional Persian music and performances. The decorations will include the Haft Seen, “Table of Seven,” which has contains symbols integral for the new year including: candles, goldfish, and flowers. We will also be dyeing and decorating hard-boiled eggs, which is a common activity for the holiday! The purpose of the program is to foster community within the Parkside area itself, as well as with other areas of campus, while also coming together to celebrate an important Persian Holiday. As a diverse living community it is important that we learn more about other cultures and celebrate one another.

Parkside International Building Government

Do you live in Parkside International or Parkside Apartments? Are you looking to get more involved in your residential college? Do you want to gain valuable leadership experience while at USC? Are you interested in planning events and outings for your peers or serving as an advocate for your floor-mates? Are you hoping to make friendships that will last a lifetime? Consider joining Parkside IRC’s Building Government and become an official representative of your building? Join Parkside IRC Building Government as a General Member or run for a Residential Student Government (RSG) Chair position!

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The six core RSG positions are:

  • President – Direct weekly meetings, communicate with other BG’s, and maintain ultimate responsibility for your building government! This person will be a guide for the efficacy of the organization.
  • RSG Advocacy Chair – Serve as the community’s advocate for campus issues and voice the concerns of your building’s residents! This position will require the ability to support all students in their diverse needs.
  • RSG Community Outreach Chair – Collaborate with other BG’s and student organizations on campus to organize volunteer programs with the outside community!
  • RSG Funding Chair – Review funding applications and serve as a resource for the RA staff, BG, and residents in your community! The duties of this position are similar to those of a Treasurer.
  • RSG Programming Chair – Plan and organize large-scale RSG events, such as the Highlighter Dance and Save Tommy Night! These programs are collaborative efforts across all residential communities.
  • RSG Inclusion Chair* – Create opportunities for students to engage in dialogue around topics of inclusion through programmatic efforts. This position requires trainings with the Office for Residential Education’s Social Justice and Inclusion Committee.

*The Inclusion Chair position is an appointed position requiring an interview process, while the other five core positions are elected. Other positions that will need to be filled following elections include an Intramural Chair, Eco Rep, and more!

How do I join?

  • SBG Elections flyer (2015)tep 1: Attend an Informational Meeting in the Fall
  • Step 2: Run for  Parkside International Residential College BG Elections! Look for a “BG Intent to Run Application” in the Fall, and email your BG Advisor ( your name, desired position(s), and a short paragraph detailing why you want to be a BG Chair and why you should be elected
  • Step 3: Vote! Ballots will be sent electronically to all Parkside IRC and Parkside Apartments residents to your USC e-mail address.
  • Step 4: If you are not elected into the position of your choice, email expressing your interest in joining as a General Member. Additional BG positions will become available following the election process and will require a short, informal interview process.


  • The elected BG President and BG Chairs MUST be able to attend weekly RSG meetings on Wednesdays @ 6:30 PM and weekly BG meetings on Wednesdays @ 9:30 PM
  • The elected BG President and BG Chairs MUST be able to attend the RSG Retreat in Fall (date TBD)

Traditional Programs:

Traditional Parkside BG events have included Party at the Darkside during Halloween.

Previous RSG events co-hosted by USC BG’s include the the Welcome Back Dance during Welcome Week, Save Tommy Night just before the USC-UCLA rivalry football game, Spirits at Troy during Halloween, Spring Into Service during the spring semester, Primal Scream events during finals week, and more.

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