Gustavo Solis is a writer for USC News and Trojan Family Magazine. Before joining USC, he spent a decade as a reporter and shared the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 2018.
Stories by Gustavo Solis:
Juneteenth is Joyce Richey’s own family history
For this USC scientist, the stories are personal: Her great-grandmother was freed nearly two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.
Business leader Steve Keck named to the USC Board of Trustees
The USC alumnus has deep, long-standing connections to the university.
Students from Myanmar persevere despite social upheaval back home
As a tight-knit Burmese community grapples with uncertainty, fear and communication disruptions after a military coup, USC staff and faculty provide support and understanding.
USC Pacific Asia Museum reopens and vows to be a platform for community artists
The museum’s “Opening and Closing Weekend” will feature the first — and final — chance to visit an exhibit on identity, migration, race and gender from seven Asian female artists.
Anthony Lazzaro, 100, administrator credited with shaping the modern USC
The senior vice president emeritus was responsible for the construction of more than 130 buildings on USC’s campuses and was key in planning the 1984 Olympics.
2 Trojans are blazing trails for Filipinos in slowly diversifying fields
Alums Corina Irvin and Ernie Ocampo are serving as Filipino role models, encouraging others to enter professions like commercial real estate and law.
Got old sneakers and wine corks to recycle? This USC grad student has an app for that
TaBee, a ride-hailing app that boosts sustainability, comes from a petroleum engineer with the environment on his mind.
How the USC School of Cinematic Arts aims to diversify Hollywood, games and beyond
Ten years of work and millions of dollars in scholarships have pulled in students whose stories may have otherwise gone untold.
Aerospace industry pioneer and USC Trustee Malcolm Currie, 94
His esteemed career in electronics and weapons research and development included serving as undersecretary of defense research and engineering in the Department of Defense.
Arts become a tool for climate action in the hands of USC students
The first round of 12 Trojan grant winners will pursue storytelling projects on sustainability and environmental justice through the Arts and Climate Collective.
To create a better California, these landscape architects design inclusive public spaces for all
The Landscape Justice Initiative unites USC students and faculty with community organizations to tackle big social and environmental challenges in Los Angeles and beyond.
Professors Hannah Garry and Gerald Giaquinta set to go overseas as Fulbright Scholars
Garry will study laws to enforce refugees’ rights and Giaquinta will teach cross-cultural communication and business.
Recent killings in Georgia raise awareness of ongoing anti-Asian hate and spur calls for action
Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander students, faculty and staff at USC urge their fellow Trojans to listen, acknowledge the pain inflicted by racism and help fight back.
Why a successful engineer left the career he loved to teach kids STEM
Once USC alum Darin Gray got his first taste of teaching, he couldn’t give it up. For decades, he’s helped educate Angelenos in science and math through USC Viterbi’s K-12 STEM Center.
Activists look back — and ahead — in continued calls to end anti-Black racism
Months after “Black Lives Matter” chants rang out at a march near the University Park Campus, experts say the movement has lasting momentum at USC.
Youngest son aims to be family’s first child with college degree, with some help from USC
Five years ago, Christopher Chavez and his family committed to the university’s Neighborhood Academic Initiative, a decision that transformed their future.
Unsung heroes keep kids and families together in neighborhoods around USC
As the pandemic began to threaten people’s lives and their livelihoods, USC’s Neighborhood Academic Initiative staff stepped in to help.
For 20 years, WiSE has helped women find a place in science and engineering at USC
The Women in Science and Engineering program aims to expand opportunities for women in STEM, both within the university and beyond.
USC School of Pharmacy receives $5 million gift to improve safety in prescription medications
The donation from the estate of USC alumna Susie Titus establishes a center that helps ensure patients receive the right medication and guidance to reduce their risk of hospitalization.
For Black parents, ‘the talk’ binds generations and reflects changes in America
How do you prepare kids to someday be judged by the color of their skin? USC faculty and staff members share how they’ve explained being Black in America to their children.
USC welcomes activists, entertainers and scholars to celebrate Women’s History Month
Speakers throughout the month include Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator Rachel Bloom and the daughters of Malcolm X and the Rev. Al Sharpton.
DEI Week brings author of How to Be an Antiracist to USC
This year’s 90 virtual events include a lecture by National Book Award winner and antiracist activist Ibram X. Kendi.
Caregivers struggle with barriers to getting COVID vaccines for elderly immigrant parents
It’s already hard enough for elderly immigrants to receive the health care they need. USC caregivers and medical experts explain how the pandemic has made it worse — and what can be done to help.
USC tackles vaccination inequities with community COVID-19 vaccine clinic
Keck Medicine of USC representatives worked with community leaders, went door to door and even set up a shuttle to help unvaccinated Los Angeles residents get their first shots.