Pooja Agarwal is a junior from Massachusetts majoring in Business Administration with minors in Environmental Studies and Spanish. Around campus, she is involved as a Marshall Student Ambassador, Team Lead for Design for America, Director of Service for Rotaract and Trip Lead for Peaks and Professors. Whenever she has free time, Pooja enjoys spending time outside; cooking new recipes and cheering on her favorite Boston sports teams. After she graduates, Pooja hopes to pursue her goals of increasing environmental literacy and promoting sustainable living.
Catherine Browne is a junior from New York City majoring in History with minors in French and Forensics & Criminality and is pursuing the pre-law track. On campus, she serves as an associate justice to the Undergraduate Student Government Judicial Council and volunteers as a tutor for the local 32nd street Magnet School. Catherine is the Panhellenic Delegate for Alpha Chi Omega and enjoys being active in her sorority. In her free time, she loves to travel, paddleboard, discover new neighborhoods, and read non-fiction history books.
Michael Cesar is a junior from London, England studying business administration and international relations, and interested in promoting greater understanding in the global community. He is the captain of the USC Rugby team, president of his fraternity, and co-chair of the USC Sexual and Personal Misconduct Committee. He represents USC at the Association of Pacific Rim Universities program on world challenges in Vladivostok, Russia. Michael loves to dance, and he will play any sport when the opportunity arises.
Tingyee Chang is a junior from Sunnyvale, California pursuing degrees in Public Policy and Neuroscience. Her research interests include immigration and migration, mental health, and the history of medicine. She directs the Pre-Law Project at the Joint Educational Project and conducts research in the Price Center for Social Innovation. She also acts as lead consultant for the nonprofit consulting organization Los Angeles Community Impact. Previously, she was a research assistant in social psychology and served as a Senator in Undergraduate Student Government. After graduation, she hopes to study mental health outcomes in refugee communities with the support of an international fellowship. When not on campus, she loves trying new restaurants, attending arts events in the city, and running a finsta with her friends.
Edward Chiu is a junior from Arcadia, California majoring in business administration with a minor in social entrepreneurship. He currently serves as a 2nd-year resident assistant at Parkside International Residential College. He is also a founder and co-president of USC’s branch of 180 Degrees Consulting, an international student-run social impact consultancy. Edward is also a member of Troy Camp, Global Brigades at Marshall, and a brother of the professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. Post-graduation, Edward hopes to work in social impact consulting, promoting social change by helping nonprofits and social enterprises change the world.
Nick Fiorillo is a junior from Brier, Washington studying Policy, Planning and Development at the Sol Price School of Public Policy. He also has a minor in Communication Policy and Law at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Nick serves as President of the College Democrats at USC and as a Resident Assistant in the West Residential College. Nick is interested in equitable growth in Los Angeles and policies aimed at combatting climate change. He plans on pursuing a career in strategic communication and public affairs. Nick enjoys hiking, exploring Los Angeles and stand-up comedy.
Fernando Garcia is a junior from Los Angeles, California majoring in Economics at Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. At USC, Fernando has been a research assistant at the Rossier School of Education and participated in the Joint Educational Project Pre-Law Program. In addition to that, he volunteers at an organization called Students with Ambition Go To College in order to help other minority students attend college and apply to scholarships, such as the Gates Scholarship, which he has received. He plans to attend law school and hopefully make a difference in the world.
Mounir Ghabrial is a junior from La Verne, California, majoring in Accounting and Business Administration. With roots stemming from Egypt and Dubai, Mounir is passionate about Middle Eastern food and determined to open up his own “Egyptian-fusion” experiential restaurant someday. At USC, he serves as a member of Global Brigades @ Marshall, which is a pro-bono consulting and micro finance organization that sends students to rural under-resourced areas of Panama and Honduras. Mounir also serves as an active member of Sigma Eta Pi – USC’s premier entrepreneurship fraternity. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, drumming, and playing soccer. After graduation, he plans to move to San Francisco where he believes that there is ample opportunity to thrive as a budding entrepreneur who is socially conscious.
Rebecca Harbeck is a junior double majoring in Public Policy and Sociology. Summer 2017, she will be interning for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the Office of Trade and Investment in Taipei, Taiwan through the USC Global Fellows Program. Outside of her studies, Rebecca serves as a TA for APASS’s (Asian Pacific American Student Services) CIRCLE (Critical Issues in Race, Class, and Leadership Education) Program, as a APASS PEER (Positive Experiences, Enriching Relationships) Mentor, volunteer judge for the Los Angeles Urban Debate League, Trojan Debate Squad Scholar, Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity member, and head of logistics for the Homeless Action Committee (HAC) at USC. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys running, hiking, yoga, and baking. Post-USC, Rebecca hopes to connect her interests in research and policy through working at a think tank.
Sydney Hibberd is a junior majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Relations and a minor in Political Science. Originally from Hong Kong, Sydney has lived in Australia, Canada, and Connecticut, but has settled the California (for now!). At USC, Sydney is Vice President of Peaks and Professors, a student run organization that connects students and USC professors through hiking and camping trips around beautiful Southern California. She is also an active member of the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study and the Expat Society. Sydney’s passion for exploration and discovery has taken her all over the world, but when she can’t be on the road she enjoys immersing herself in new environments and dynamic perspectives through reading. After graduation, she hopes to apply her international experience and business education to build a career in the growing community of B Corporations.
Jonathan Horwitz is a junior from Orange, California pursuing a B.S./B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning and Political Economy and a minor in Statistics. His emphasis is in Environmental Policy and Planning. On campus, Jonathan is a research assistant for Dr. Steven Lamy, a Daily Trojan staff writer, and a tutor at the local 32nd Street Elementary School. He also works as a Tour Guide and is a member of the Trojan Knights. Additionally, he has served as a Resident Assistant, a committee chair for the Sports Business Association, and a Fox Sports-USC Properties intern. Jonathan loves to get outdoors and has developed a passion for landscape photography. Plus, he enjoys playing golf, studying baseball statistics, and watching movies – he even keeps a spreadsheet listing every film he has seen since 2015.
Rick Keaton is a junior pursuing a major in Public Policy with a concentration in Health Policy and Management, as well as a double minor in Public Health and Popular Music Studies. He is a Leonard D. Schaeffer Government Service Fellow, and spent the summer interning with the California State Assembly in Sacramento. On campus, Rick is an active member of Troy Camp, Society 53, an executive board member for Global Medical Brigades, Assistant Director of Business Relations in Undergraduate Student Government, and an ambassador for the Sol Price School of Public Policy, all while serving as a second year Resident Assistant in South Residential College. In his free time, Rick is likely to be found making music, finding free food on campus, or hosting the weekly TV show The Morning Brew.
Amanda Liaw is a junior from Singapore pursuing a BFA in Film & Television Production. She currently serves as Artist Network Coordinator on the E-Board of USG’s Performing Arts Committee, having previously served as Logistics Coordinator for the 2016-2017 academic year. She also works on-campus as a Technical Theatre Assistant and Assistant Scheduling Manager with Trojan Events Services, and is interested in moving up the ranks to do live audio. In her free time, Amanda loves reading, watching movies, cooking, playing the drums, and thrift shopping. Eventually, one day, she’d love to build a fully self-sustainable house in which she can farm her own food, host parties, and make whatever art she wants.
Jasper McEvoy is a junior from Palo Alto, California majoring in Environmental Studies with minors in Psychology and Thematic Approaches to Humanities and Society. On campus, he assists Professor Eric Webb in his research on microbial communities, and writes science news for the Annenberg Media Center. He can also be found tutoring at 32nd Street Magnet School with the Trojan Knights, practicing late night at Cromwell Field with the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team, and eating free pizza at the Polymathic Academy. In his free time he is an avid reader and writer of science fiction. After graduation, he intends to go to graduate school.
Niriksha Mehta is a junior from Mumbai, India who is dual majoring in Economics and Mathematics and minoring in Business Finance. On campus, she is a member of the United Nations Ambassadors of USC, a social justice advocacy club, Habitat for Humanity, and is a research assistant at the Price School of Public Policy. Outside USC, she enjoys volunteering at service learning organisations, exploring new eateries around LA and binge watching Netflix specials. Niriksha is passionate about the empowerment of women and aims to implement the knowledge she has gained from USC back home in India after she graduates. She hopes to work in the fields of impact investing and strategic philanthropy.
Savannah Robinson is a junior from Berkeley, CA majoring in Journalism and minoring in Human Rights. Savannah works in the USC Dornsife Office for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives as an undergraduate research assistant where she helps organize events and programs that support the university’s underrepresented students. She also serves on the board of the USC chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and is an executive director for Annenberg Radio News. She loves to travel and try new foods, and hopes to pursue a career in advocacy journalism.
Ethan Strijbosch is a junior majoring in Aerospace Engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering. He is Dutch-Indian and was born and raised in Antwerp, Belgium, although his family currently lives in Indonesia. As a Viterbi Research Fellow at USC, Ethan leads a team of undergraduate students conducting wind tunnel research on micro air vehicles (MAVs). Additionally, he holds positions in both engineering and fundraising for USC Hyperloop, one of the teams that competes in the international SpaceX Hyperloop competition. He previously served as the pneumatics lead for the team. Ethan aims to bridge the gap between the technical and management sides of the aerospace industry while making air transportation more environmentally friendly. In his free time, he loves surfing, free-diving, and traveling.
Ciara Taylor is a junior from Portland, Oregon, majoring in International Relations (Global Business) and Middle East Studies. Ciara works as a Program Coordinator for the Center for Active Learning in International Studies on campus, and serves as a Research Assistant with the Lab on Non-Democratic Politics under Professors Brett Carter and Erin Baggott-Carter. Outside of class and work, she is a member of USC’s Women’s Lacrosse Club as well as the foreign relations professional fraternity, Delta Phi Epsilon, and enjoys trying new restaurants around Los Angeles and hiking with friends. For summer 2017, Ciara will be in Jordan studying Arabic through the State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship.
Michelle Whang is a junior from Cerritos, California, with a major in Communication and double minors in Digital Studies and Forensics and Criminality. She is passionate about the exquisite power of listening to stories and learning from human experiences. At USC, you can find Michelle dancing with her Break Through Hip Hop family on top of a parking structure, volunteering with the USC Helenes in homeless shelters, brainstorming with her Design for America (#DFAmilia) team about a new crazy idea, or organizing the next TEDx conference in her area. Michelle dabbles in graphic design and writing poetry, but finds her true passion in solving problems and working with people. After graduation, she is planning on enrolling in law school, with an emphasis towards criminal justice prosecution, but who knows where life will take her!
Jamil Wilkerson is from Indianapolis. He is a junior double majoring in Sociology and NGO’s at Dornsife College with a minor in cinematic arts. At USC, he is a member of Intervarsity and Black Campus Ministries. Jamil is also a member of the USC Sociology Club. More recently he has served as an intern with the Los Angeles Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Jamil has also served as a college mentor with Los Angeles Team Mentoring. He has a passion for serving and being a positive role model for underprivileged youth. In his free time, Jamil enjoys listening to music, running, or catching up on his favorite TV shows. After graduation, Jamil hopes to attend law school and eventually become an executive in the entertainment field and oversee projects that inspire change within society.