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The USC Black Alumni Association’s Summit II—The Compass
By Special to the Sentinel
Published April 15, 2017

USC Black Faculty share their perspectives on excellence, access and inclusion in higher education. (Professor Jody Armour, Dr. Sharoni Little, Dr. Alan Green, Dr. Darnell Cole, USC Black Student Assembly President Ahlia Bethea)

Imagine spending the day with 220 black Trojans, sharing information about career success, life, and conversation about equity and access in higher education…On Saturday, March 25, a convening of key stakeholders who shape academic and economic development opportunities in Southern California, and nationally was held at the Marriott Hotel, Marina del Rey.

Over 40 black alumni and supporters participated as speakers.  Presiding over the conference was Dr. Michèle G. Turner, USC Black Alumni Association’s Executive Director, adding “It is vital that our black alumni assist our young alumni and students with building community, and contribute as network resources—the Trojan Family is real!”

Without exception, speakers were the best of the Trojan Family, to include young alumna and national best-selling author Patrice Washington, who is also a regularly featured financial segment host on the Steve Harvey Morning show.  Patrice candidly shared her journey and advice for young professionals.

USC Alumna and best-selling author Patrice Washington discusses her student and post-graduation challenges and success.

Panels included USC black faculty that addressed access and equity disparities, and provided advice for African American students pursuing degrees.  Additional conference topics included Leadership Development through Mentoring, Civic and Non-Profit Board participation, Healthy Stress Management, Access to Capital, Smart Money Advice for Young Professionals, Careers for the Future and the Black Physician Experience.

The USC BAA Summit III will be held in the Spring of 2018.  For further information, call the USC Black Alumni Association at 213-740-8342.

USC BAA Advisory Board Member Donovan Green addresses standing room only audience regarding careers in tech and media. (Courtesy Photos)

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