During the COVID-19 pandemic, schools across Los Angeles adapted to online learning and got creative in finding new ways to engage with students in the virtual classroom. This was no different for the Critical Media Project (CMP) at USC, which transformed its curriculum and mentorship into the Critical Makers Lab — a virtual program to teach teens about the power of representation and identity.
Like many freshman, Alicia Liu has never taken a class on USC’s campus before, so the return to what we once called “regular” classes this fall will be anything but normal for her.
As students prepare to return to campus for the fall 2021 semester, USG department funding allocations across the board will too return to normal. “This year we will revert our budget back to what it looks like in previous years,” Chief Financial Officer Adenike Makinde said.
She claims she faced a hostile work environment where she was discriminated against for being a Black woman.
This year marked the first time USC offered Wellness Days instead of a traditional, week-long spring break to its students. Without the break, some professors have noticed their students burning out more so than usual. So they decided to offer their own solution: a week of no class and a lighter workload.
South L.A. Residents reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic
Some travelled, others stayed home doing their best to make the most of quarantine.
For many South Los Angeles residents, getting their shots has proved to be challenging due to the racial disparities in vaccine distribution. At Kedren Community Health Center, health officials said they have seen the racial inequities firsthand.
International students living in different time zones face greater pressures and challenges in order to survive school. Technical issues happen frequently. Time differences can make their learning experience even more difficult.