USC’s Latinx community offers a number of organizations and smaller communities for graduate students to find their home at school, both socially and professionally.
Latino Law Student Association (LLSA) is a student organization composed of Latino law students and students interested in issues affecting the Latino community at USC Law School. Our organization strives to create a community at USC that enables students to excel academically, socially, and professionally. Among its objectives is to serve as a support network for Latino law students on campus; and to help the retention and success of Latino law students. LLSA works in conjunction with the Admissions Office to increase the enrollment of Latino students through a Phone-a-Thon for admitted Latino students. Besides keeping our members abreast of scholarships, Latino-centric events, and potential employment opportunities, LLSA encourages its members to become involved in public interest organizations that serve the Latino community in Los Angeles. Latino Law Student Association activities include speaker events with local law firms, Hora Latin@ (a Legal Spanish Conversation Group), Judges & Lawyers Nights (honoring USC Law Latino Alums) and other social and cultural gatherings for the benefit of Latino law students and friends at USC Law. These events aim to help build community and familiarity amongst Latino and non-Latino friends and classmates.
The Latino Medical Student Association is an organization dedicated to improving the health care delivery system to the Chicano/Latino communities. To accomplish this goal, LMSA’s top priority is to retain all Chicano/Latino medical students at the USC School of Medicine, a commitment we now pledge to you. LMSA will make every attempt to make you feel at home in Los Angeles and help you build lifelong friends amongst the LMSA family. By offering peer support, counseling and mentors, LMSA will strive to develop and enhance your academic and cultural potentials and alleviate any barriers that may stand in your way of making a smooth transition into and through medical school.
The Latino/a Social Work Caucus at USC is a student organization that promotes leadership, self-help, and solidarity among all USC Latino/a Master of Social Work students towards the betterment of all Latino/s cultures and people. We strive to accomplish this through: Academic Excellence, Professional Development, and Empowerment for social justice.
The Price Latino Student Association (PLSA) was founded in 2006 from a core group of Latino students at USC Sol Price School of Public Policy who saw the need for Latino involvement in policy. Recognizing the issue, PLSA made it its mission to engage undergraduate and graduate students on issues and policies that impact the USC Price Latino community. In the past, we have hosted events centered on immigration, health care, and housing – all issues that disproportionately impact the USC and surrounding Latino community. PLSA also utilizes these and other events to help foster members professional and educational growth to develop effective leaders who, in turn, empower and enhance the broader Latino community. In 2015, PLSA hosted the first alter for Dia de Los Muertos in Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (RGL) to pay homage to our Latino ancestors and cultural traditions. After 10 years of serving Latinos students at USC Price, PLSA continues to grow and thrive in the USC Price community.