Constructed in 1963, Birnkrant has been a part of USC over the last several decades. Created in honor of Cecele & Michael G. Birnkrant, the eight-story tower originally provided housing for 308 women. Over the many years of Birnkrant’s existence on the University Park campus, co-ed floors were created, and in 2011, the community began functioning as a first-year Honors community until the honors community transitioned to McCarthy in 2017. Commonly referred to as “8 Floors of Open Doors,” the Birnkrant community is strong, as friendships and relationships are created that often span the course of the students’ time at USC. In 1994, Birnkrant began operating as a Residential College, with a full-time, live-in residential faculty residing in the building and working to bridge the experiences inside and outside the classroom. The Faculty in Residence works alongside Residential Education staff to provide programs that introduce students to Los Angeles culture, art, food, and more. Residents take great pride in living in Birnkrant and often refer to it as one of their favorite memories and experiences as a USC student.
Residential College Coordinator
Angel Maxwell is the Residential College Coordinator for Birnkrant Residential College. He is originally from the Inland Empire in Southern California where he received his B.A. in Entrepreneurial Management and minor in Psychology at California State University, San Bernardino. He had also received his M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership at Valdosta State University located in Valdosta, Georgia while also maintaining a graduate assistantship within their Housing & Residence Life Department as a Residence Hall Director. Through his experiences, Angel has worked closely with diversity and inclusion initiatives as well as on/off – campus programming that emphasizes both personal and professional development through community involvement and networking for both first year and upperclassmen students. His love and strong passion with being involved with student engagement and leadership development had stemmed from his undergraduate involvement where he worked for the Department of Housing & Residence Life as both a Resident Assistant and Hall Coordinator. On his downtime he enjoys going to museums, hikes, working out, attending concerts/ sporting events, video games and going to the beach. Angel is very proud to be a member of the Trojan family! FIGHT ON!
Faculty in Residence
Assistant Professor, Clinical Occupational Therapy
Ashley Uyeshiro Simon is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy in the Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. She works at the USC Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice, where she helps people make lifestyle changes to their daily habits and routines in order to manage and promote health. She treats patients, teaches an elective class in the Spring to our Master’s students, and teaches students who rotate through her clinic how to treat patients using the Lifestyle Redesign® OT approach that was invented here at USC. She has been a faculty for five years, but did her undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctoral studies at USC as well.
This will be Ashley’s fourth year as a Faculty in Residence and her first year in Birnkrant. She truly enjoys the opportunity to connect with residents and support their endeavors, both academic and otherwise. As USC is close to downtown, she relishes students’ desires to explore the city and expand their understanding of Los Angeles and the multi-cultural environment around USC. She enjoys programming events that support any form of personal growth and exploration, health and wellness, or just plain fun. She lives with her husband, who also happens to work at USC, and their dog Sophia.
Birnkrant Signature Events
Birnkrant residents are invited to attend Faculty Master dinners every week during the semester. Faculty from across campus join the students to discuss different topics based on their area of expertise. The students engage in intellectual conversation with the faculty and are also able to establish connections to each other and some of their favorite professors during these dinners.