On October 18, 2019, Sofia Gruskin, Director of the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health, participated in the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) Annual Conference in Los Angeles, California. Gruskin engaged in a symposium entitled “The SDG 16+ Agenda: Exploring the Potential to Reframe how Human Rights are Taught and Experienced by 2030 and Beyond” which brought together faculty from Duke University, Carnegie Mellon University, Binghamton University and USC to discuss the pros and cons of educating the next generation of students and practitioners with the knowledge and skills to promote human rights using the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework. The work done by USC began last year, in partnership with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office, supported by USC’s Office of the Provost, looked at the SDGs and sustainable solutions to the homelessness crisis through a human rights lens.
The work began with 16 undergraduate and graduate students in a practicum revising relevant targets and indicators, monitoring the city’s progress and providing recommendations. A partnership with the City of Los Angeles, and Occidental College, Arizona State University and other Los Angeles based academic institutions has been established to ensure ongoing support to the city around SDG implementation. In the summer of 2020, USC students will participate in supporting the Office of Mayor Garcetti in the next steps of this exciting collaboration.