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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Study Abroad in Dresden, Germany Information Session 3/25

Join us this Wednesday, March 25th from 4:00-5:00 in THH 309J for an information session on our study abroad program in Dresden, Germany. A representative from the program will be there to answer any questions you might have and provide helpful advice.

See you soon!
The Overseas Studies Team

CET Undergraduate Fellow Deadline: March 27th

The Undergraduate Fellows of CET are recruiting new fellows for the 2015-2016 school year! Do you have ideas about campus academic enrichment that you want to put into action? Thoughts about how to improve the undergraduate learning environment? Then apply today!

As a branch of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, the Undergraduate Fellows are uniquely poised to influence and improve the intellectual climate of USC. This year we sponsored a number of successful events, including Beyond Google: Navigating Online Research, Student-Led Seminars, Now You Know: How to Get Research, Summertime Scholarship: A Guide to Summer Opportunities through USC, Developing You, the Student, and a workshop on study skills. We were also honored with a Tommy Award for Best Academic Organization of the Year. Our efforts, collaborations, and interactions with faculty have made a positive impact on the USC campus and continue to do so.

In addition to being provided with mentorship, support and resources to help put your ideas into action, new UFs will benefit from unparalleled networking opportunities with university faculty and staff, the first of which will be an exclusive welcome mixer to honor our newly accepted fellows.

To apply, please download the application at and submit via email to by 11:59 pm on Friday, March 27th. If you are selected for an interview, expect an email notification by Tuesday, March 31st. We look forward to learning more about you!

Civil Rights as Human Rights – A USC Levan Institute-Oxford Workshop


In partnership with the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, this workshop gives participating students the opportunity to think through the relationship between civil rights, usually considered primary for local politics and social organization, and human rights, typically understood in international frameworks. In particular, and as a means of concretely developing this relationship, we will focus our study on civil rights in the United States with regard to race, racism, and structural oppression.

Students will participate in a number of seminar sessions with leading civil rights, human rights, and legal scholars in addition to visiting a number of historical monuments dedicated to the struggle for civil rights in the Southern United States. Participating students will further have the opportunity to meet with and discuss local organizing with community stakeholders in the greater Little Rock area in an effort to enable the application of insights learned in the seminar context to community building projects. Site visits include Little Rock Central High School, the home of Daisy Bates, and the US National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN.

Curriculum Overview:
Human Rights v. Civil Rights; US Jurisprudence and the Civil Rights – Human Rights Distinction; Legal Issues in the US Civil Rights Struggle; Role of the Church in US Civil Rights; Activism and Contemporary Struggles; Structural Racism; and Cultivating Reconciliation and Community Conversations.

Visit for application information. Application Deadline: March 23, 2015

USC International Center for Regulatory Science Info Session

Have you considered a career in the thriving field of regulatory science?

Do you work in the regulatory industry and want to expand your career opportunities?

The USC International Center for Regulatory Science offers Masters and Certificate programs – as well as single classes.

Join us for an information session on Wednesday, March 25, 6:30 – 8 pm, USC Health Science Campus. (Can be viewed online for those living out of town)

Career Paths

Graduates of the USC School of Pharmacy’s Regulatory Science programs are well prepared for leadership roles in the Pharmaceutical/Biotech/Device industry including:

  • Regulatory Specialists
  • Formulation Engineers
  • Quality Experts
  • Reimbursement Specialists
  • Medical Writers
  • Clinical Research Associates and Scientists

Our students are not only scientists…this diverse field needs those with backgrounds including communication, government, accounting, law, business and engineering.

Our alums are highly sought by large and small companies including Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Strkyer, FDA, Allergan, Amgen, 3M, Edwards, Pfizer and many more.

To register, please visit USC Regulatory Science March 25 Information Session.

You can also visit our website. Feel free to email us at or call at 323-442-3521

40th Annual WCBSUR Conference – Final Call for Abstracts and Early Registration

March 20th is the deadline for both abstract submission and early registration for the 40th Annual West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference, which will take place on Saturday, April 25th, 2015, at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.   2012 Medal of Science winner and President of Seattle’s Institute for Systems Biology, Dr. Lee Hood, will present the keynote address;  with Lloyd Smith and others at Caltech in the early 1980s, Hood created the first automated DNA sequencer that would eventually revolutionize biology and open the door to the modern era of “big data”.

The one day WCBSUR Conference will feature up to 120 poster presentations and 100 seminar presentations by undergraduate researchers;  more than 500 students and faculty from throughout the nation are expected to attend.

To learn more about the WCBSUR Conference, or to have your name removed from this email list, please contact Dr. Michael McConnell (Professor Emeritus of Biology, Point Loma Nazarene University), at

2015 WCBSUR Conference Homepage:

CET Presents: The Dynamic Diploma

Worried about how your academic pursuits will manifest into a career? Join the Center for Excellence in Teaching’s Undergraduate Fellows on Wednesday, March 11th at 4 PM in WPH 206 for “The Dynamic Diploma: What Can You Do With Yours?” We will be discussing an array of majors, what typical career paths are with a degree in certain disciplines, and how you look beyond the common scope. We will have a panel of USC seniors and alumni who will speak about their academic pursuits in college, and where they have gone or are planning to go after graduating. Students in the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions in a “fireside chat” manner, and may approach the panel afterwards for further advice. We hope to see you out there! Free pizza and beverages will be served.