The Office for Residential Education is dedicated to providing all USC Housing residents a quality living environment. While each residential community is unique, all provide residents with programming targeted specifically to resident needs and interests as well as the support and mentorship of undergraduate, graduate and professional staff members.
Graduate & Family Housing East
GradFam East is a residential community comprised of 7 apartment buildings for predominantly graduate students. 17 Resident Assistants work closely with one Residential Community Coordinator and one Faculty in Residence to put on events that support career exploration, networking, community building, and a connection to the city of Los Angeles. There is one Building Government that serves the 700 students who are a part of GradFam East. The following apartment buildings are in GradFam East:
- Annenberg House
- Cardinal ‘N Gold
- Seven Gables
- Severance Street
- Troy East
- Troy Hall
- 2831 University Ave Apartments
Graduate & Family Housing West
GradFam West is a residential community comprised of 21 apartment buildings for predominantly graduate students. One Residential Community Coordinator (RCC) and one Graduate RCC work closely with 18 Resident Assistants and two Faculty in Residence to put on events, provide nightly emergency assistance, and support resident development. The following apartment buildings are in GradFam West:
- Hoover Street Residence
- Max Kade House
- Regal Trojan*
- Twin Palms
- University Regent
- 920 W. 28th Street Apartments
* designates USC Family Housing
Staff & Faculty
Residential Community Coordinator
Graduate and Family Housing, East
Jasmine King serves as the Residential Community Coordinator for Graduate and Family Housing East. She is originally from the Chicagoland area. Jasmine received a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communication and a Master of Education in Adult & Higher Education from Northern Illinois University (NIU). After her undergraduate experience she became a Graduate Hall Director at her alma mater, where she completed her Master’s degree. Most recently, Jasmine joins us from Santa Monica Community College, where she worked in the African American and Latino Center. Prior to that, she served as a Community Coordinator at California State University, Fullerton. Her passion areas include authenticity, leadership development, and supervision. In her free time she enjoys hanging out at the dog park with her husband and Shih Tzu/Maltese mix, DIY crafting, sewing, and traveling.
Residential Community Coordinator
Graduate and Family Housing, West
Jasmine Knighten is one of the Residential College Coordinators for South Residential College and is responsible for Pardee Tower and Marks Hall. Jasmine completed her Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs and Organizational Leadership at University of the Pacific where she also served as a Residence Director. While there she worked with the men’s basketball team as an athletic mentor and served as the advisor for NUFP. Jasmine received a B.A in Business from Cal State Fullerton (CSUF). At CSUF she served as a Resident Advisor, Peer Mentor, NUFP, Campus Tour Guide and Recruitment Ambassador. Through NUFP, Jasmine was able to see all that student affairs had to offer as a field and helped solidify her love for helping students as well as supporting students throughout their leadership journey. In her free time, Jasmine enjoys traveling anywhere and everywhere. She would love to go to every continent and every state. Jasmine also enjoys taking pictures of scenery and monuments, hanging out with friends and family, listening to music, and hosting game nights.
Graduate Residential Community Coordinator
Graduate and Family Housing
I am Alexis McDonald, a wanderlust from the dirty south, Atlanta, GA to be exact. After graduating from high school I followed LeBron James and took my talents to South Beach where I studied at the University of Miami. While in undergrad, I majored in Electronic Media with minors in Africana Studies, Education, Theatre, Film, and Photography. At the _, I discovered that I have a passion for connecting with people and telling underrepresented stories so, I am thrilled that I will be able to continue doing those things as I serve as the GRCC for the Terrance Apartments and pursue my Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Arts with a concentration in photography. Attending USC is a dream come true, growing up I was a huge Reggie Bush fan so I cannot wait to cheer on the Trojans, this football season. I love attending live sporting events and concerts. When I’m not losing my voice in the stands or audience, I enjoy binge watching television shows. My current favorite tv shows are Power, Insecure, This Is Us, Grey’s Anatomy, and Queen Sugar. I’ve never been in LA for longer than a weekend so I cannot wait to see all the city has to offer!
Faculty in Residence, Graduate and Family Housing, West
Assistant Professor, Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
Kimberly Lenington is a clinical faculty member at Keck Hospital of USC where she provides direct patient care and works closely with populations affected by continence-related health issues in inpatient and outpatient settings.
Dr. Lenington completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Chapman University followed by her master’s degree and clinical doctorate degree in occupational therapy at the University of Southern California. As a doctoral resident at Keck Hospital of USC, Dr. Lenington focused on delivering acute care services for patients affected by continence-related health issues. Her efforts resulted in expanding occupational therapy’s role with this population as well as raising awareness about the effects of these issues on overall quality of life and participation in occupation.
Graduate Casino Night
Held the last week of March, this traditional event is open to the entire USC Graduate and Professional Students community. In collaboration with GSG and RSG, this one night celebration recognizes the hard work of the USC Graduate population.
Faculty Meet & Greets
In the fall semester, Residential Faculty Fellow Scott Smith goes to each of the 10 RA communities in the Graduate & Family Housing community to meet residents at a casual meet & greet event held in the building. The objective of these programs is to begin building relationships with residents throughout the residential community.
In the fall semester, Residential Faculty Fellow Scott Smith leads a series of 5 programs to locations easily accessed using the metro. On 2015-2016, the programs included the Chinatown Festival, Grand Central, Little Tokyo, DTLA art tour, and Game Night at Grand Central Market.
Sunday Meditation Sessions
Residential Faculty Fellow Scott Smith hosts weekly unguided meditation sessions in his apartment in Hillview on Sunday evenings. This ongoing program is open to all Graduate & Family Housing residents.
Smoothies with Scott
On the second Sunday of each month, Residential Faculty Fellow Scott Smith makes smoothies for residents before the meditation session. This is the longest standing of Scott’s programs and a tradition in the Graduate & Family area.
LA: Branching Out Series
In the spring semester, Residential Faculty Fellow Scott Smith led a series of 4 programs that were culturally or artistically themed. This year the programs were the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Getty Center, silent movie at the Egyptian Theater, and The Broad.