As an institution of higher education, the University of Southern California is defined by the belief that a multiplicity of values and ideals, interests and experiences, and intellectual and cultural viewpoints enriches our community and advances human welfare.
At its very core, a university is devoted to the development and discovery of knowledge. Diverse groups of problem solvers advance research in fields and boost innovation. Therefore, we must encourage a wide range of ideas and approaches in order to solve complex societal issues, to uncover the next scientific discovery, or to achieve higher artistic expression.
Affirming our shared values and aspirations, we intentionally and purposefully endeavor to ensure that a diversity of cultures, races, genders, sexual orientations and political and religious beliefs are welcome to thrive on our campus. Such diversity will inspire new discoveries and new solutions for the 21st century.
Achieving an equitable and inclusive future at USC is hard work, but we will continue to evolve and become a better institution in our pursuit of the values we hold dear–our university’s future excellence depends on it.
USC’s mission is to prepare women and men to be global citizens. Our responsibility is to uphold the dignity of everyone in order to create a community that functions intelligently, effectively, and compassionately. These values will result in a higher quality education, excellent research, and a more cohesive world.
–Charles F. Zukoski, February 7, 2020