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Los Angeles livability survey: downtown skyline
USC Dornsife’s LABarometer survey asks about county residents’ housing plans, neighborhood change, experiences with racial discrimination and crime-related stress and more. (Photo/iStock)

Nearly 3 years since start of pandemic, USC Dornsife report shows how life in L.A. is changing

Overall life satisfaction continues to decline and racial discrimination against Asian and Black Angelenos remains high, but fewer people are planning to leave the county, according to a new LABarometer livability and affordability survey. 

Science/Technology
USC sustainability projects: Urban Trees Initiative
Efforts to be funded include the USC Urban Trees Initiative, a partnership between the university, the city of Los Angeles and local nonprofits to advance climate-resilient urban forestry practices and the equitable distribution of green spaces in L.A. (Photo/iStock)

USC awarded $8.8 million for sustainability research initiatives

GREEN WEEK: The funds support sustainability-focused research projects on alternative energies and pollution reduction, as well as efforts to help shade L.A. neighborhoods to improve quality of life

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College Track students
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.

Sandra Maestre, left, and Camila Rojas
Sandra Maestre, left, and Camila Rojas are working to develop more efficient ways of disposing waste in areas with large homeless populations. (Photos/Courtesy of Sandra Maestrae and Camilla Rojas)

Undergrads use sustainability fellowship to improve waste disposal for homeless Angelenos

Though Sandra Maestre and Camila Rojas know they can’t solve all of L.A.’s problems, the juniors from Costa Rica and Venezuela are hoping their project can at least address hygiene concerns on Skid Row.

Annenberg L.A. Taco event
USC Annenberg journalism students (top row, from left) Astrid Kayembe and Caitlin Hernández, along with Annenberg Media coach Laura Gonzalez, speak with chef Alfonso Martinez (below) for a project in Amara Aguilar's class. (Photo/Courtesy of Amara Aguilar)

Journalism students connect with L.A. Taco website to create community ‘zine’

The multimedia collaboration, led by USC Annenberg’s Amara Aguilar, will culminate in a printed independent magazine called Taco Life that will be distributed throughout Los Angeles.