Teresa Lara covers news and handles public relations for USC’s many civic engagement programs.
Stories by Teresa Lara:
Practice drill preps Trojans for major disaster scenario
Mass feeding is part of the event for staff and local high school volunteers.
Ethiopian restaurant Azla brings the campus and community together
Popular eatery at Mercado La Paloma, opened by mother and daughter, offers healthy food and special events.
USC’s groundbreaking Neighborhood Academic Initiative honors 60 newest graduates
Joining in the festivities is actor Mark Hamill, a longtime supporter of the intense college-prep program that helps students living near the USC campuses.
Local jobseekers get good news at latest hiring event for USC Village
The residential-retail project, on track to open in August, means plenty of jobs with the university as well as the new stores and restaurants.
Ramping up for August opening, USC Village recruits local jobseekers
Attendees line up around the block for Wednesday’s job fair, and more than 1,000 resumes were submitted beforehand.
First-generation college students gather for second USC summit on higher education
USC leaders speak to students about the opportunities available to them.
Year in review: Times that Trojans made you feel good about the world
USC 2016 | The Trojan Family is making a difference, in the neighborhoods around the university and around the world. Find out how.
Good Neighbors Campaign funds 42 university-community partnerships
From dental certificate programs to a farmers market, USC employees fund community-based programs.
USC ambassador Clifford the Big Red Dog surprises kids with donated books
The books were given by the USC Greek Councils to support the USC Family of Schools.
Latino community finds financial empowerment at annual Univision fair
Feria Financiera appeals to the entrepreneurial spirit at a local and national level.
USC 2015: The year in the community
From a revolutionary college preparatory program to two charter high schools, the university is a big part of its neighborhoods.
Community celebrates completion of Hazard Park improvements
USC contributes $1.1 million toward a new jogging path, fitness zone and other upgrades.
President honors Leadership Circle for life-changing generosity
An annual gala toasts the Trojans who donated 1 percent of their salaries to the Good Neighbors Campaign, which aids neighborhoods surrounding the USC campuses.
Sen. Kevin de León talks biotech with USC leaders
Research in regenerative medicine can be a game-changer in the treatment of damaged organs, the senator says.
USC president discusses transfer rates and biotech jobs with community college leaders
The visiting chancellor and nine college presidents oversee the Los Angeles Community College District, the nation’s largest.
Los Angeles leaders discuss biotech at roundtable discussion with Commerce official
Business, city and university representatives discuss potential for permanent, high-paying jobs.
Scholars gala honors Joan Payden for Neighborhood Academic Initiative gift
Another 61 high-school graduates will continue their education this fall, thanks to groundbreaking USC program.
Little Free Library offers big outreach opportunities
Trojans can tutor or read to young residents at University Gardens.
USC donation to bring upgrades at neighborhood park
A new jogging path, improvements to the Hazard Recreation Center tennis and basketball courts are planned.
Veterans learn how to succeed in business
USC course helps entrepreneurs broaden the reach of their enterprises.
New business center aims to boost South LA entrepreneurs
USC will partner in a series informing local business owners about developments at the USC Village.
Homeboy Industries, Power 106 team up for job fair at Galen Center
Applicants get needed information and catch a celebrity basketball game.
President’s Leadership Circle gala celebrates Trojan generosity
The Nikiases open their home to employees who went above and beyond during 2013 Good Neighbors Campaign.
Opening a business … and staying in business
By attending an eight-week USC forum, local owners acquire the knowhow to boost their bottom line.