Advocacy

WHAT IS THE ADVOCACY BRANCH?

The advocacy branch of USG is charged with staying in close contact with key administrators, student organizations, and students about issues affecting students that lie in their area of focus. These concerns may come from the data collected by Senators, administrators, individual students or student organizations.

The members of this branch create solutions to problems that represent a middle ground between students, staff, faculty, and the community.  They serve as the liaison between key administration and students, making sure students are aware of important changes that are taking place and creating awareness of available resources for students.  They lead university-wide committees, pursue advocacy projects, assist other USG members and the President/Vice President with projects, and communicate with individual students regarding their concerns.

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

ABOUT

The Academic Affairs Committee focuses on any issue pertaining to Academic Life on campus. The committee concentrates its efforts within three main areas of concern: Libraries, ITS, and Academic Policy.  Academic Affairs encourages all delegates to pursue projects that they are interested in, and will help delegates institute change first-hand.

CURRENT PROJECTS

  • Extending the add-drop deadline
  • Continuing Leavey Library renovations
  • Implementing a universal calendar
  • Increasing number of units covered by tuition
Meetings: Wednesdays at 6:00 PM in TCC 232
Contact: usgacad@usc.edu

COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

ABOUT

The Community Affairs committee encourages student involvement and philanthropic services within the local and greater Los Angeles community by serving as a resource, transformer, facilitator, and developer. We directly connect students with community service opportunities, while working with student organizations to develop programs and events that promote community interaction. Also, we support sustainability projects in hope to make USC a more green campus.

CURRENT PROJECTS

  • Sustainability initiatives in the dorms and dining halls[/font_style]
  • Project 32 Tutoring initiative
  • Lead On! Mentor Program at 32nd street school
Meetings: Wednesdays at 6:00 PM in TCC 351
Contact: usgcmnty@usc.edu

DIVERSITY AFFAIRS

ABOUT

Diversity Affairs aims to stimulate an environment that is more conducive for students from different backgrounds (socioeconomic, racial, cultural, spiritual, commuter & non-comm., etc.) to collaborate with one another not only academically but socially as well. We want the USC campus to feel less divided and more inclusive regardless of what any students background may be. We want to represent students from all different populations on campus and make sure that their voices are heard in terms of their feelings and opinions of  the diversity of this campus.

CURRENT PROJECTS

  • Multicultural space
  • International student resources and programs
  • Gender-based violence
Meetings: Thursdays at 5:00 PM in TCC 232
Contact: usgdiver@usc.edu

UNIVERSITY AFFAIRS

ABOUT

University Affairs deals with the four areas of transportation, housing, hospitality and facilities. There is one director and three assistant directors that each focus on one of the areas above. This committee focuses on improving the student experience through these areas by working with administrators based on student feedback. Past accomplishments have included the Uber – Campus Cruiser partnership, LAX shuttle, longer hours for the dining halls and the installation of water bottle refilling stations around campus.

CURRENT PROJECTS

  • Commuter lounge
  • Free laundry initiative
  • Food bank
  • Free printing
Meetings: Tuesdays at 5:00 PM in TCC 232
Contact: usguniv@usc.edu

WELLNESS AFFAIRS

ABOUT

The Wellness Committee handles safety, fitness, and health issues on campus, working closely with the Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Lyon Center and Recreational Sports, and the Engemann Health Center to advocate for students’ needs on campus.

CURRENT PROJECTS

  • Reducing stress on campus
  • Improving the current recreational facilities
  • Improving bike safety on and off campus
Meetings: Wednesdays at 6:00 PM in TCC 302
Contact: usgwell@usc.edu