Social Justice & Inclusion

The Office for Residential Education is committed to building purposefully inclusive and socially just residential communities for all students at USC as is outlined in our Inclusion Statement. In order realize this vision, the Office for Residential Education undertakes an ever growing list of initiatives to support and educate all members of our USC community.


Student Leadership Opportunities

Social Justice & Inclusion Coordinator – The SJI Coordinator is a member of the Executive Board of the Residential Student Government housed in the Office for Residential Education. The SJI Coordinator is charged with creating social justice based programming for residential students across the USC campus and creating educational opportunities for the members of RSG. The SJI Coordinator received weekly training in social justice topics and facilitation skills to give them the tools they need to succeed throughout the year.

Social Justice & Inclusion Chairs – Every Building Government has a Social Justice & Inclusion Chair as a member of their executive board. The SJI Chairs are charged with creating social justice based programming and educational opportunities for their specific residential community and for creating developmental opportunities for the other members of their Building Government. All the SJI Chairs participate in a weekly class together where they learn about social justice topics and strategies for creating engaging dialogue and programming around those topics.

If you are interested in either of these positions and want to learn more, you can contact your specific Building Government or contact RSG directly. You can find their contact information on the RSG Hompage.


Signature Events

Social Justice Summit – An annual event open to all USC residential students, the Social Justice Summit is a day long experience that allows students to engage in critical topics of social justice. Student participate alongside their peers, USC staff and faculty and with distinguished guest speakers, such as last year’s guest speaker and facilitator, Maura Cullen. Cullen is one of the original founders of the Social Justice Training Institute. This year’s Social Justice Summit will take place in Spring 2017. The dates and speakers will be announced later in the Fall semester.

College Access Day – Created through a partnership with the Rossier School of Education, College Access Day is an annual event that brings LA high school students from Compton and other surrounding neighborhoods to the USC campus where they will learn about the college admissions process and college life from USC staff, faculty and students. USC students have the opportunity to serve as mentor for these students and teach them about college life and the skills it takes to be successful in a university setting.

Tunnel of Oppression – The Tunnel of Oppression is a immersive simulation experience that allows students to witness what oppression based on different identities and its effects look like in daily life and offers them a space to engage in critical discussion about how they see this in their own lives and how they can mitigate it. USC staff and student volunteers create and guide students through the simulated experience and provide them with information about how to get involved at USC and in the LA community to combat identity based oppression.