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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Sociology Graduate School Workshop – Tuesday March 31st

Have questions about grad school?

Come ask graduate Rebecca Berry, the first student in USC Gould’s 3+3 program. Current Sociology grad students are also available to answer your questions about finding the right program for you. Learn what graduate school is really like and how to increase your chances of being accepted.

Tuesday, March 31st
HSH 303


Refreshments provided!

Sociology Student-Alumni Mixer

Thinking about your future? Come hear Mr. George Pla, who majored in Sociology, speak about the importance of sociology in his successful career as an entrepreneur and mingle with other recent  alumni from diverse fields such as public relations, community  organizing, and more.

Feel free to bring your resume!

George L. Pla is a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist whose work spans business, civic and philanthropic activities that hold the common theme enhancing communities throughout California. George L. Pla is President, CEO, and founder of Cordoba Corporation, a statewide full-service civil engineering, construction management, and program management firm specializing in transportation, education, water, and energy infrastructure. Cordoba is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with offices in Oakland, Santa Ana, San Diego and San Bernardino.

Thursday, April 16th
HSH 201 — 4:30pm-6:00pm
Refreshments will be served.0



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

Spirit of the Law

Hon. Dorothy Wright Nelson, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
March 12, 2015 | 12:30 PM-1:20 PM
USC Gould School of Law, Room 103 | Lunch Provided

The Honorable Dorothy Wright Nelson is currently a senior judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, a U.S. federal court covering the nine western states. Nelson began her professional career as a research associate at the University of Southern California Law School where she received her Master of Laws in 1956. Nelson became Dean of the University of Southern California Law School in 1969 and holds the honor of being the first woman dean of a major American law school. Nelson is a member of the Baha’i Faith and served on its National Assembly for 40 years. While at USC, she served as the Baha’i representative on the University Religious Council.

President Carter nominated Nelson for the position of judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1978, with the U.S. Senate confirming her in 1979. She has worked to popularize mediation in U.S. Courts and in such countries as India, Egypt, Israel, Great Britain, and China. In 1985, Nelson, along with a group of attorneys and judges, established the Western Justice Center Foundation. The Foundation has created numerous programs that are designed to teach peaceful conflict resolution to children, youth, parents, teachers, administrators and community members. Nelson holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Spirit of the Law Series features legal professionals discussing how they find meaning, purpose, and identity in the law; how they use their law degrees in creative and innovative ways; and how they connect the personal and the professional in their lives.

Organizing Sponsors: USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and USC Office of Religious Life
Cosponsors: USC Dornsife Pre-Law Advising and USC Jewish Law Students Association

The USC Levan Institute engages students with the timeless values at the core of our humanity, promotes moral reflection and understanding of self, facilitates multidisciplinary dialogue, and encourages students to make a positive impact across society and the globe.

University of Southern California
Contact: Dr. Lyn Boyd-Judson, Director


A Levan Coffeehouse Conversation on Practical Ethics
March 11, 2015 | Noon | Ground Zero Cafe (TRO) | Lunch Provided

Recent police killings of unarmed black males in Ferguson, New York City and Cleveland have reignited the debate over racial profiling and police treatment of minorities, prompting calls for use of body cameras on police, demilitarization of police forces and expanded community policing. How should we weigh police protection, public safety and civil liberties?

Coffeehouse Conversations Program Director and Moderator:
Sharon Lloyd, Professor of Philosophy, Law, and Political Science

Ange-Marie Hancock, Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies, USC Dornsife
Martin Levine, USC Vice Provost and Senior Advisor to the Provost
Jody Armour, Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law, USC Gould School of Law
Rob Saltzman, Professor of Lawyering Skills, USC Gould School of Law

­­­­Levan Coffeehouse Conversations on Practical Ethics encourage faculty, staff, and students from every part of our USC community to talk about the ethical questions of the day.

The USC Levan Institute engages students with the timeless values at the core of our humanity, promotes moral reflection and understanding of self, facilitates multidisciplinary dialogue, and encourages students to make a positive impact across society and the globe.

University of Southern California
Contact: Dr. Lyn Boyd-Judson, Director