USC Student Centers

On-Campus Resources:

  • Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS): APASS, founded in 1982, seeks to educate, engage, and empower the Asian Pacific American community & the USC Trojan Family through active participation, dialogue, and community-building. APASS advocates for all members of the Asian Pacific American community.
  • Center for Black Cultural & Student Affairs (CBCSA): The mission of CBCSA is to create an Afrocentric, holistic learning environment for academic, social and professional development, and civic engagement for all members of the USC community.
  • Disability Services & Programs (DSP): DSP provides support services and accommodations necessary to enable students with disabilities to develop their maximum academic potential by making their education accessible, while having the dignity to work independently.
  • Dream Center & Pop-Up Immigration Clinic: Located on the 4th floor of the Student Union building (STU 422), you can find the Dream Center for support and community on Mondays (4-6pm), Tuesdays (7-9pm), and Wednesdays (4-6pm). The Immigration Clinic will also be available to help on Thursdays from 10am – 12pm.
    • IDEAS at USC (Improving Dreams, Equality, Access, and Success): USC IDEAS was founded in Spring 2011 in order to create a safe space and positive dialogue among undocumented students (DREAMers) and allies.
    • Immigrants and Global Migration Initiative (IGMI): IGMI, through existing projects on campus, will provide direct services to immigrant communities and neighbors of the university’s campuses. As a result, USC students and staff, and members of the community will directly benefit from the research, policy advocacy, and direct services provided. Ultimately, IGMI strives to become the premier location in the nation for intellectual discussion, debate, and insight with regards to immigration, migration, and immigrant populations.
    • Legal Resources:
      • The Gould School of Law Immigration Clinic is staffed by law students, faculty, and staff and provides free legal representation to adults and children from all over the world, including Mexico, Central and South America, and Africa. The Immigration Clinic’s two direct service projects are the USC Gould Immigrant Legal Assistance Center (ILAC) and the USC Citizenship Initiative. All legal services provided by the Immigration Clinic are free of charge.
      • Each year, GSG and USG provide free legal counseling to the student population at USC. Legal counseling is every Monday from 4:00-9:00pm and each appointment is 30 minutes. If you wish to sign up, please call our office at (213) 740-5620 and one of our office assistants will gladly help you set up an appointment time. Please do not email us requesting an appointment time.
    • Supporting Students, Staff, and Faculty of all National Origins and Immigration Status: If you are a DACA student, an undocumented student, or a student with temporary protected status, and you’re looking for support, please contact Vanessa Gomez Brake. She is the Associate Dean of Religious Life at USC and the point of contact for coordinating efforts and opportunities across campus that support immigrant and international students. Your conversations with her will be confidential. She can connect you with resources regarding financial aid, academic and housing issues, confidential counseling, and legal support. Vanessa Gomez Brake, vanessagb@usc.edu, 213-740-1366.
  • La CASA – Latinx Chicanx Center for Advocacy and Student Affairs: La CASA (formerly known as El Centro Chicano) offers student advocacy, personal support, and assistance for Latinx student groups, as well as transitional and beyond-USC programming.
  • LGBT Resource Center (LGBTRC): The LGBTRC provides support, education, and advocacy for LGBT and ally undergraduate and graduate students. The LGBTRC also provides resources and referrals, such as information about neighboring LGBT support services, to all campus members.
  • Veterans Resource Center (VRC):  The VRC is committed in supporting the veteran community in the areas of higher education in outreach/admission, GI Bill benefits, academic success, graduation, well-being, and career development.