Diversity in Graduate Education - USC is committed to reaching out to talented underrepresented students, welcoming them into the university's first-rate graduate programs, and providing them with resources and environments that promote their research interests, teaching experiences, and career aspirations. 
-Dr. Richard Andalon, Assistant Dean, Graduate Student Outreach

The Ph.D. community at the University of Southern California has a long standing tradition of diversity. In 1931, USC was the first institution on the West Coast to confer the doctoral degree on an African American.

A 2006 study published in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, ranked USC first among members of the Association of American Universities (AAU) in number of doctoral degrees conferred to African American, Latino and Native American students.

The University is committed to fostering an inclusive community for all graduate students. The Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Outreach, along with the Graduate and Professional Studentsí Advocate-Diversity Outreach, supports the cultivation of a network of students, faculty, staff, and resources to achieve excellence through diversity.

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