Irani Residential College

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Irani Residential College has a focus on performance science. Performance science focuses on the mind, body, and business. Students in this residential college will get to explore their untapped potential in learning how to break down barriers inhibiting leadership, decision-making, resilience, or creative potential. Students will attend programs and workshops that will help them understand brain and body function, human behavior, psychology, emotion, and leadership, all with the goals of maximizing performance, both individually and within an organization or community.


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Irani Residential College Staff & Faculty


Gustavo Orellana
Residential College Coordinator 
Cale & Irani Residential Colleges

Gustavo Orellana is the Residential College Coordinator for the Cale & Irani Residential Colleges. He was born and raised in Norther California. Gustavo received a B.A. in Chicano/a Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated with a Masters in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the Rossier School of Education here at USC. He was a graduate assistant in Residential Education for two years before joining the department full time in 2018. Through the previous professional experiences as an Assistant Resident Director at UCSB and a Resident Director at the Academy of Art University, Gustavo developed a passion in working with high caliber, passionate and dedicated students and cherishes the new challenges that each day brings in working with college aged students. Some of his passions outside of work include exploring different parts of Los Angeles (especially through food), sporting events, and all things Bay Area!




Hamsini Balaji
Graduate Residential College Coordinator
Cale & Irani Residential Colleges

I am Hamsini Balaji and I am so excited to serve as the Graduate Residential Community Coordinator for the Cale and Irani Residential Colleges. I am originally from India and I have had the honor of living all around the world bringing me to pursue my studies in the United States. I graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry. At USC, I am pursuing a Master’s in Social Entrepreneurship from the Marshall School of Business. In my free time, you will find me at the local homeless shelter, tutoring center, animal shelter or any other volunteer event! I really enjoy cooking and baking with friends and family. If not, you will find me indulging in some kind of adventure activity or accidentally landing in a different country! My passion is interacting and connecting with people from all walks of life, so come by and give me a high five, it will be a moment we can share!




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Ruth Gim Chung
Faculty in Residence
Cale & Irani Residential Colleges

Ruth Gim Chung’s research interests are in cultural psychology and multicultural counseling, with focus on the acculturative process of Asian Americans and how it affects families and development of cultural identity in adolescents. She created a measure of acculturation (AAMAS) as well as intergenerational conflict (ICI) that are used widely in research on Asian Americans. She has published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology as well as Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, and at one time ranked fifth among most frequent contributors to the field of multicultural counseling. She also co-edited a book on Sacred Spaces: Religion and Spirituality in Korean America published by University of Illinois Press. In terms of her pedagogical expertise, Chung specializes in teaching of statistics and research methodology in a meaningful and engaging manner to practitioners.