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Diversity and Social Advocacy

Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Diversity and Social Advocacy assists you in developing meaningful connections between learning within-the-classroom and experiences related to diversity beyond-the-classroom.

By completing the Diversity and Social Advocacy pathway you will explore the significance of your experiences and the skills you have learned while focusing on issues of social justice. You will examine the challenges that face our communities as they relate to ability, class, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, race, and religion. To receive Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Diversity and Social Advocacy, you must complete the appropriate pathway requirements for the degree level you are pursuing.

The first step towards pursuing Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Diversity and Social Advocacy is to complete the GLD Orientation.

Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees

Extensive Beyond the Classroom Experience

You must participate in 200 hours of immersion in, or service to, a community that experiences societal challenges, documented through community service, internship, peer leadership, and/or other experiences related to social advocacy issues in the United States.

You must also complete a research or advocacy project related to ability, class, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, race and/or religion. This may be accomplished through development of community services, political activism/policy change, or research.

Students are required to submit a verification letter on company letterhead, that includes the date of the community service, internship/work experience, or peer leadership experience, hours worked/interned, title of position, supervisor’s information, and a brief overview of the role in which you served.

Enhancement Experiences

You must participate in three (3) enhancement experiences, which actively engage you in discussion or learning about a subject related to your diversity and/or social advocacy experiences. Appropriate enhancement experiences include workshops, lectures, conferences/presentations, and official meetings. Enhancement experiences may not be double counted toward the fulfillment of the publication/presentation requirement. Use the USC Connect Opportunity Database to find enhancement experiences.

Coursework

You must complete six (6) credit hours with a B or better from the approved course list for the Diversity and Social Advocacy pathway. You may not double count your coursework toward fulfilling the GLD core experience requirement.

Public Presentation 

You must complete a public publication or presentation related to your involvement in the Diversity and Social Advocacy pathway. Publications and presentations must be of a professional nature. You are strongly encouraged to present your work at Discover USC. If you wish to fulfill this requirement in a way other than presenting at Discovery USC, your publication or presentationyou must submit an Alternative Presentation form[pdf] which must be approved by USC Connect.

Your presentation must center on your experience within the Diversity and Social Advocacy pathway and include what you have done, what you have learned from your experiences (including coursework) and how you will use this in the future.

E-Portfolio

You must complete a GLD E-Portfolio demonstrating the significance of your within-and-beyond the classroom experiences. The two ways of completing the e-portfolio are taking a course that supports the creation of the GLD E-Portfolio (such as Univ 401 for GLD) or by attending an E-Portfolio workshop and then working with a GLD advisor.

Requirements for Associates Degrees

Extensive Beyond the Classroom Experience

You must participate in 80 hours of immersion in, or service to, a community that experiences societal challenges, documented through community service, internship, peer leadership, and/or other experiences related to social advocacy issues in the United States.

You must also complete a research or advocacy project related to ability, class, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, race and/or religion. This may be accomplished through development of community services, political activism/policy change, or research.

Students are required to submit a verification letter on company letterhead, that includes the date of the community service, internship/work experience, or peer leadership experience, hours worked/interned, title of position, supervisor’s information, and a brief overview of the role in which you served.

Enhancement Experiences

You must participate in two (2) enhancement experiences, which actively engage you in discussion or learning about a subject related to your diversity and/or social advocacy experiences. Appropriate enhancement experiences include workshops, lectures, conferences/presentations, and official meetings. Enhancement experiences may not be double counted toward the fulfillment of the publication/presentation requirement. Use the USC Connect Opportunity Database to find enhancement experiences.

Coursework

You must complete three (3) credit hours with a B or better from the approved course list for the Diversity and Social Advocacy pathway. You may not double count your coursework toward fulfilling the GLD core experience requirement.

Public Presentation 

You must complete a public publication or presentation related to your involvement in the Diversity and Social Advocacy pathway. Publications and presentations must be of a professional nature. You are strongly encouraged to present your work at Discover USC. If you wish to fulfill this requirement in a way other than presenting at Discovery USC, your publication or presentationyou must submit an Alternative Presentation form[pdf] which must be approved by USC Connect.

Your presentation must center on your experience within the Diversity and Social Advocacy pathway and include what you have done, what you have learned from your experiences (including coursework) and how you will use this in the future.

E-Portfolio

You must complete a GLD E-Portfolio demonstrating the significance of your within-and-beyond the classroom experiences. The two ways of completing the e-portfolio are taking a course that supports the creation of the GLD E-Portfolio (such as Univ 401 for GLD) or by attending an E-Portfolio workshop and then working with a GLD advisor. 

Requirements for Pharm.D.

Extensive Beyond the Classroom Experience

You must participate in 300 hours of immersion in, or service to, a community that experiences societal challenges, documented through community service, internship, peer leadership, and/or other experiences related to social advocacy issues in the United States.

You must also complete a research or advocacy project related to ability, class, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, race and/or religion. This may be accomplished through development of community services, political activism/policy change, or research.

Students are required to submit a verification letter on company letterhead, that includes the date of the community service, internship/work experience, or peer leadership experience, hours worked/interned, title of position, supervisor’s information, and a brief overview of the role in which you served.

Enhancement Experiences

You must participate in four (4) enhancement experiences, which actively engage you in discussion or learning about a subject related to your diversity and/or social advocacy experiences. Appropriate enhancement experiences include workshops, lectures, conferences/presentations, and official meetings. Enhancement experiences may not be double counted toward the fulfillment of the publication/presentation requirement. Use the USC Connect Opportunity Database to find enhancement experiences.

Coursework

You must complete nine (9) credit hours with a B or better from the approved course list for the Diversity and Social Advocacy pathway. You may not double count your coursework toward fulfilling the GLD core experience requirement.

Public Presentation 

You must complete a public publication or presentation related to your involvement in the Diversity and Social Advocacy pathway. Publications and presentations must be of a professional nature. You are strongly encouraged to present your work at Discover USC. If you wish to fulfill this requirement in a way other than presenting at Discovery USC, your publication or presentationyou must submit an Alternative Presentation form[pdf] which must be approved by USC Connect.

Your presentation must center on your experience within the Diversity and Social Advocacy pathway and include what you have done, what you have learned from your experiences (including coursework) and how you will use this in the future.

E-Portfolio

You must complete a GLD E-Portfolio demonstrating the significance of your within-and-beyond the classroom experiences. The two ways of completing the e-portfolio are taking a course that supports the creation of the GLD E-Portfolio (such as Univ 401 for GLD) or by attending an E-Portfolio workshop and then working with a GLD advisor.