Cowlings Residential College

Cowlings Residential College Banner ImageCowlings Residential College focuses on arts & culture. The residents of Cowlings Residential College will awaken their inner cultural explorer.  USC and the city of Los Angeles is the home to many musicians, filmmakers, fashion designers, painters, and various artists from around the world. Through programs offered within the community and coordinated events within the Los Angeles area, the residents of Cowlings Residential College will be surrounded by a wealth of experiences that will enrich their learning. Want to weave through the “Urban Light” exhibit at LACMA and discover its origins? Watch local slam poets perform pieces rooted in human experience in the halls? Sample a wealth of flavors at seasonal food festivals? Through the guidance of faculty, staff, and peers, the residents of Cowlings Residential College will find their niche within USC and the City of Angels.

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Residential College Staff & Faculty

 

Erin Ash PhotoErin Ash
Residential College Coordinator 
Cowlings & Ilium Residential Colleges

Erin Ash received a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s in college student affairs leadership from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She loves working with the passionate and driven students at USC and enjoys that each day brings new challenges and opportunities to both teach and learn from her students. She takes a lot of pride in being a resource, mentor, advocate, and sounding board for her residents and the RAs in the department. She works to ensure that every member of the residential community transitions seamlessly, makes the most of their college experience both inside and outside of the classroom, feels a sense of belonging on campus, and learns the value of living with authenticity, passion, resilience and empathy. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring LA, hiking, photography, evening runs, live music, bonfires, documentaries, and all things Wisconsin.

 

Selina Smith

Selina Smith
Graduate Residential College Coordinator 
Cowlings & Ilium Residential Colleges

Selina Smith is currently pursuing her master’s degree in strategic public relations. She recently graduated from California State University East Bay, with a major in communication and minors in recreation and African American studies. During her time at East Bay, she was heavily involved in Greek life and had the pleasure of working as a resident assistant for three years. She also enjoyed working with Trapxart and Run The World Clothing, two Bay Area startups. When she has time to herself, Smith enjoys hanging out with my sorority sisters, binge watching Netflix, getting pedicures, working out, and “vibing out.”

 

Laura Baker

Laura Baker
Faculty in Residence
Cowlings & Ilium Residential Colleges

Laura Baker received her PhD in psychology from the University of Colorado in 1983. She joined the USC psychology faculty in 1984, where she specializes in behavioral genetics and individual differences. Baker’s research involves the study of genetic and environmental influences in human behavior, with a focus on aggressive and antisocial behavior. She teaches courses in behavioral genetics, statistics, and human sexuality, and has a forthcoming course on the neurobiology of consciousness. She lives in Webb Tower on the ground floor in Room 108 along with her cat, Sophie. Her three kids are here from time to time as well, including two sons, Colin (USC 2014) and Cameron (Willamette 2017), and a daughter, Morgan (Tufts 2012), who recently finished her PhD in math at the University of Utah.