New practicum seeks sustainable solutions for LA’s wicked problems

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A new multi-disciplinary practicum coordinated in collaboration with the USC Institute for Global Health invites students from across USC’s schools to address some of Los Angeles’s most intractable challenges.

This fall 2018 USC “Wicked Problems Practicum” is supported by the Office of the Provost and will focus on the human and social aspects of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the guiding development framework of our time. Highlights of the practicum include working with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office and the United Nations, engaging with community stakeholders and participating in a city-wide culminating event at USC involving political leaders, experts, celebrities and activists.

Focusing on health, inequality and sustainable cities, students will:

  • act as “consultants” to LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office, the United Nations and community stakeholders to assist the city’s SDG plan.
  • work with United Nations partners.
  • explore career options and build professional relationships.
  • gain skills and work experience in community engagement, research, data visualization, communication strategies, public speaking and networking.
  • learn to engage in collaborations across disciplines.
  • participate in a city-wide culminating SDG event at USC, involving political leaders, experts, celebrities, activists and students.

This application is now closed.

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