Teresa Lara covers news and handles public relations for USC’s many civic engagement programs.
Stories by Teresa Lara:
USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative honors record number of young graduates
Sixty-five scholars from South LA complete the intensive program, and all are going on to college.
If disaster strikes, local residents are ready
The community reaps the rewards of emergency preparedness training.
1.7 million reasons to celebrate good neighbors
Donors have contributed more than $17.7 million to the campaign since 1994.
Science inspires students in USC contest
The event highlighted the research of Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Arieh Warshel.
Latinos gain financial know-how
Local residents learn about college aid, home financing, stock investments, consumer protection and resources for small businesses.
USC program builds on its business success
Los Angeles small business owners complete the USC Bridges to Business Success program.
USC officials join mayor on his visit to Mexico
As part of his administration’s first international trade mission, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti met with USC alumni in Mexico City.
Officials break ground on Fire Station 15
USC President Nikias thanks city officials, acknowledging firefighters and first responders who have serviced the West Adams district for more than a century.
Civic engagement courses give Trojans insight into nonprofits
For USC students who seek a deeper understanding of the nonprofit experience, there are several courses that provide insight into advocacy, management and funding.
USC honored as a leading institution in LA
The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. honored USC with a 2013 Eddy Award.
Parents take the lead in new philanthropic circle
This year, Trojan Family Weekend was the occasion for the inauguration of a new giving society.
Local bank supports USC forum for small business owners
The Popular Community Bank Foundation has donated $100,000 to develop and implement the USC Popular Community Bank Small Business Leadership Forum.
Good Neighbors Campaign sets goal at $1.7 million
USC’s annual employee-giving initiative has set its sights on a goal of $1.7 million for 2013.
The spirit of giving, 1.6 million times over
Employees celebrate the successes of the Good Neighbors Campaign in supporting community-building activities around USC’s campuses.
Perseverance pays off for NAI graduates
Graduation from the Neighborhood Academic Initiative represents a seven-year journey of perseverance.
USC’s employee giving program funds 50 community partnerships
The 2012-13 USC Good Neighbors Campaign raised enough funds to provide grants to 50 community organizations.
USC program strives to boost literacy among children
It was less than a year ago when first-grader Sebastian Vega-Chacon was having behavioral issues that nearly led to his suspension at school.
NAI students go behind the scenes at Univision
A bus filled with enthusiastic USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative students arrived at the headquarters of the Spanish-language television network Univision for a day of discovery.
NAI graduates celebrate at USC gala
USC held a special graduation gala for this year’s graduates of the university’s Neighborhood Academic Initiative, a six-year college preparatory program for public school students in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Civic Engagement welcomes children to Festival of Books
The USC Civic Engagement tent at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books offered activities designed to spark knowledge, imagination and creativity.
University thanks village of supporters
Lupe Garrido’s walk to the podium was the last stage in a journey from South Los Angeles resident to parent leader of USC’s flagship neighborhood academic enrichment program to proud supporter of a historic project.
NAI student serves as spokesperson for national initiative
Alfa Lopez, a junior at Foshay Learning Center, has been juggling daily studies with college preparatory coursework while traveling across the country as spokesperson for the national initiative “Too Small to Fail.”
Popular literary fest returns to USC on April 20-21
As part of a multiyear partnership, USC will host the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the University Park Campus on April 20-21. The largest and one of the most cherished public literary festivals in the country, the showcase is expected to draw more than 150,000 Southern Californians.
Latinos gain financial wisdom at USC, Univision event
More than 5,000 Latinos and their families visited USC to acquire financial advice on homeownership, small business resources, education aid, auto financing and stock investments.