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The College Track program helps students of color get to and through college. Nationwide, College Track students graduate at a rate that’s double the national average for first-generation students from low-income communities. (Photo/Courtesy of College Track)

USC partners with College Track to promote school success for first-gen high school students of color

The national nonprofit’s new Crenshaw center is just 1½ miles from USC’s University Park Campus — and Trojan Olympian Allyson Felix has joined its board to boost participation in the neighborhood where she grew up.

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Michelle Bourdon: Fair trade merchandise at USC Pacific Asia Museum
Michelle Bourdon oversees the USC Pacific Asia Museum store, which sells fair-trade certified crafts and wares from women artisans and organizations that train and provide women with a path to entrepreneurship. (USC Photo/Emily Gersema)

USC Pacific Asia Museum shop in Pasadena sells fair trade items to help women worldwide rise

In the museum’s shop, 60% of the merchandise is certified as fair trade — sourced from Asian American and Asian artists, as well as L.A.-area artists.