Lunch & Learn: Food Access Solutions with eroots on 4.9

Another exciting Lunch & Learn heading your way! 

The USC Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab‘s monthly Lunch & Learn speaker series is continuing its Spring Lunch & Learn series on April 9th! Come join us for our next installation in our power-packed line up of exciting movers and shakers in the field of Social Enterprise!

This month’s discussion is a focus on innovative food access solutions featuring Alex Dorsey, General Manager of eroots.

eroots, a social enterprise, was created by Women Organizing Resources Knowledge and Services (WORKS), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in California. WORKS is a diverse women-led organization that provides housing and food access solutions to individuals and families of modest means. Partnering with sustainable and organic farmers such as Alba Organics, Glen Ivy Farms and Health & LeJeune Organic Distributor, to name a few, eroots provides the affordable access to people who want to join the movement of choosing organics and eating healthier. Not only does eroots provide lower prices on produce, they also conveniently pack them in community-supported agriculture boxes (CSA boxes) in order to distribute a variety of produce to consumers in a convenient way. The eroots program is designed to be self-sustaining, scalable and replicable in most communities with subscriptions managed online. Beyond these practicalities is a higher goal: to pursue mission-driven partnerships with people and organizations who share our commitment to make a difference.

As the general manager of eroots, Alex Dorsey has led the passionate start-up social enterprise team that created a micro-food hub and innovative web-based CSA to supply organic produce to communities in greater Los Angeles. She has managed team and infrastructure development to attract loyal subscribers and move nearly 500 tons of organic produce, support local farms, and provide more than $80,000 in fundraising rebates to partnering elementary schools.

The event will be held on Thursday, April 9th from 12:30-1:50pm in TCC 227. RSVP requested.

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Complementary lunch provided.

Big thanks to our co-sponsoring groups USC Helenes and GirlsUP!

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Spring Break Aquaponics workshop for USC students

The Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, in partnership with EVO Farm and the USC Office of Sustainability, is proud to announce a 3-day Spring Break AQUAPONICS WORKSHOP for USC students.

What you’ll gain:

  • Lasting impact in the community! Workshop participants will build aquaponics systems that will be donated to:
    • Community Services Unlimited- a grassroots non-profit that sets up urban farms in South LA to provide residents with fresh organic produce
    • The USC Urban Garden- part of the USC Sustainability Network
    • Knowledge and resources to help you build your own aquaponics system at home
    • Networking opportunities with LA environmental organizations and community
    • Eligibility to apply for future paid internships to build aquaponics systems with the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, at Catalina Island and/or local K-12 schools

Included: Breakfast and lunch every day, materials and tools, transportation for afternoon field trip to other aquaponics systems around the city.

Optional: pre-workshop day trip to the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island (March 17)

Program cost: $75 (Non-refundable)

Space is limited to the first 15 students who register. REGISTER TODAY!

Dornsife Degrees Get Jobs! Learn From Successful Alumni

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Trojan Presentation Room (TPR), Student Union B3 (basement)

Are you trying to figure out your career choices after college? Ever wonder what you can do with your undergraduate degree?

A student’s major does not dictate their career options or possibilities. The Dornsife Advising Office will be hosting a panel of Dornsife Alumni who graduated from the college with one major and are now successfully employed in a different field. The panel will consist of alumni from a range of majors including Spanish, Economics, Psychology, Political Science, and Art History who are now working in areas such as sales, research, business, law, and management. Learn about their experiences as undergraduates and how they were able to able to make the most of their time at USC.  Discover the importance of transferable skills and how they contribute to your success when searching for a job and internship.

Research Opportunity for Undergraduates

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) – Summer research opportunity on Catalina Island.  The USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies is proud to announce a call for applications for the NSF-funded REU program in Coastal Ocean Processes.  This program will support highly motivated and talented undergraduate students to conduct independent but guided research during an intensive 8-week program at the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, CA.  The program will provide students with hands-on research experience, training in laboratory and field methodologies (including a 1-day research cruise), introductory lectures and special seminars in oceanography and marine science, academic and career advisement, group activities and field trips to explore different parts of the island and ecosystems.  Applications are due Feb. 16, 2015.

Problems without Passports in Dakar, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal awaits! Culture, cuisine, history, nightlife, and beaches…experience all of these while learning about and researching Senegal’s rich literary traditions and contemporary literati.

This Problems without Passports class, French 499, invites any and all students with a good knowledge of French (intermediate recommended) to apply for this unique course. After one week at USC, we will travel to Dakar, Senegal to spend three weeks with writers, publishers, artists, Senegalese university students, and the like. USC students in anthropology, comparative literature, history, global studies, IR, narrative studies, global health, ASE, sociology, and of course, French, would all gain from this opportunity. For example, if you’re interested in history, your research could focus on writers whose works rewrite and reimagine postcolonial history. Global health? Choose a novel that treats disability and/or disease in Senegal.

INFO SESSION to be held Tuesday, January 27, 3 – 4:30pm in Taper 120.

Refreshments served!


Dean’s Special Lecture – Convergent Science: Life Sciences and Engineering in Oncology

Dean’s Special Lecture
January 26th 2015
Convergent Science: Life Sciences and Engineering in Oncology
Peter Kuhn, Dean’s Professor of Biological Sciences
3 P.M., Lecture / Reception to FollowJoyce J. Cammilleri Hall, Dornsife Neuroscience Pavillion

A biological transition point is the initial, instigating change that occurs when a cancer transitions from benign to malignant, from local to distant or from treatment-sensitive to treatment-resistant. However, medicine is limited currently to treating the corresponding clinical transition point — the time at which this change is first detected due to an amassed population of changed cells. Learn more about how Peter Kuhn employs physical science and biological methods to study the factors that affect biological transition points in order to improve clinical decision-making and mitigate the damage caused by delayed clinical detection. By studying the changes occurring within individual tumor cells, within patients’ organ systems, and within populations of patients to chart the dynamic course of cancer evolution, he is working to better predict and thus better treat this ever-changing disease.

For more information and to RSVP please contact events@dornsife.usc.edu

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AMST 348m: Race and the Environment

Spring 2015 Semester
Section: 10346R
Type: Lecture
Time: 9:30-10:50 am
Date: Tue, Thu
Instructor: Laura Pulido
Location: VHE 217
Units: 4

In this course we will examine the nature of environmental problems and the environmental movement from a racial and social justice perspective. We will explore how environmental hazards often disproportionately impact vulnerable communities and how they have mobilized to resist such problems. Topics to be covered include: the origins of the environmental movement, the environmental justice movement, air toxins, pesticides, and climate justice. Course will involve a hands-on research project.

This course satisfies the university’s diversity requirement.