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Saúl García

Saúl covers news for USC’s many civic engagement and educational partnership programs. Reach him at

Stories by Saúl García:

USC mobile clinic dental care pandemic
Jaqueline Solorio, 4, looks on as mother Vanessa Velasquez checks in with [left to right] USC dental administrative assistant Ana Parru, dental student Amanda Escobar and dental surgery student Abigail Heleba as part of the monthlong mobile dental clinic event in South Los Angeles. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Mobile dental clinic keeps kids smiling through the pandemic

The clinic — operated by the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC and serving thousands annually — won’t let COVID-19 cut down on care for Angelenos in need.

designing lightboards
NAI alumni and electrical engineer Manolo Calderon, 23, left, with USC industrial engineering student, Emanuel Marquez, 22, demonstrate the light board designed to help online teachers. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

To make online learning easier, USC’s college prep program gets tech-savvy

The Neighborhood Academic Initiative realized early in the pandemic that innovative learning tools would be needed to educate its scholars, leading a new team of “tech innovators” to make lightboards a top priority.