Sometimes you need a space to relax and call your own. That’s part of the thinking behind the remodeled USC cultural centers and new student lounges opening this fall on the University Park Campus.
These spots offer refuges of comfort and empathy in a busy world. There, Trojans might set up meetings to organize activities or hear a visiting speaker. They could talk with a counselor or take a break to meet friends or relax. The remodeled spaces are designed to create a sense of belonging, acceptance and well-being for students, whether they’re LGBTQ+ or first-generation college students, Black or Asian American — or their allies.
Remodeled centers include the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs, Asian Pacific American Student Services, LGBTQ+ Student Center and First Gen + Success Center. They join the already remodeled Latinx/Chicanx Center for Advocacy and Student Affairs in the Student Union.
In addition, two new culturally affirming lounges will launch: one for Native American and Pasifika students, and another for students who identify as Middle Eastern and North African.
As the COVID-19 pandemic eases and USC gets ready to reopen to students this fall, take a first look at some of these spaces. They’re all run under the auspices of Student Equity and Inclusion Programs, part of USC Student Affairs.
Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs
Students can find the space in Room 100 of the Student Union.
Middle Eastern and North African Student Lounge
This space is located within the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs.
Native American and Pasifika Student Lounge
Students who identify as Native American or Pasifika now have a space in Student Union Room 405.
LGBTQ+ Student Center
When LGBTQ+ students want to unwind or talk, they can head to Student Union Room 415.
Asian Pacific American Student Services
This space provides a home away from home for students who are Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander or Desi (originating from the Indian subcontinent). Students can find it at Student Union Room 410.
First-Gen + Success Center
An expansive center, this space welcomes Trojans who are in the first generation of their family to attend college. It also welcomes transfer students, former foster youth and undocumented students. It is located in Ronald Tutor Campus Center Room 224.
Bringing all Student Equity and Inclusion Programs into the center of the University Park Campus — and the addition of the Middle Eastern and North African and the Native American and Pasifika student lounges — answers calls from students for a more intersectional approach to USC’s cultural centers. Now, students are able to validate their multiple cultural identities. The new spaces also will allow for easier collaboration between student groups.