The world has experienced dramatic change over the past several weeks, and we, at the USC Marshall School of Business, are thinking of you and your families as we weather through this pandemic together. During this year of USC Marshall’s centennial anniversary, everyone has banded together to move quickly while keeping our educational mission first and foremost, moving forward. Faculty and staff at USC Marshall and USC Leventhal adopted new technology and moved all classes and services online, impacting more than 6,000 business and accounting students. Despite this challenging time, Marshall is still working hard to put together timely and relevant resources for our wider community. We launched a series of “Tommy Talks” videos highlighting areas of coronavirus-related expertise from our faculty and a set of webinars with advice for small businesses attempting to navigate the economic slowdown and access the state and federal funds available to them.
This spring semester, all USC students have engaged in virtual learning from around the world. This is a whole new experience for many at USC Marshall. Many are facing extraordinary emotional and financial hardship. Most have been compelled to return home, and some have had little choice but to stay on campus (despite the closures) or nearby. Some of these students are struggling to make their rent payments or get basic needs like food. Others are experiencing technical challenges with inadequate equipment to access the now-mandatory virtual classes. Still others face immediate health and safety issues or need professional help to deal with fear and worry. Some dreading they may need to drop out of school. These urgent threats challenge the mental and physical well-being of our students and impede their academic success.
Emergency Fund – USC Marshall Dean’s Strategic Fund
Students are now seeking help from the Trojan family. We have established a fund to provide much needed relief to students in the USC Marshall and USC Leventhal Schools during this unprecedented period of disruption to address various areas of need including:
The University's COVID-19 Response
In addition, the University has distinguished four funds in response to the COVID-19 crisis to help support all areas of the Trojan community. These funds include USC Student Basic Needs Fund, Keck Medicine of USC COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, USC Community Outreach Fund and the USC Employee Support Fund.