Campus Climate Committee


The Campus Climate Committee identifies, and shares with the Senate, effective approaches to cultivating a culture of equity, inclusivity, and respect that enhance the success of all faculty within a pluralistic context. It will alert the Senate to issues on campus that require attention, and will make recommendations for how the Senate can be helpful in addressing these issues, in collaboration with the Provost’s office and the Provost’s Diversity Committee. This committee will work with the Senate Executive Board to plan and implement two mini-retreats a year (one in the fall and one in the spring) that aim to enhance campus climate at USC. Topics might include how to better recruit, retain, and support a diverse faculty; how to achieve more gender equity in STEM fields; or how to help faculty to have difficult dialogues about culture in the classroom.

Specific Charge for 2020-2021 Academic Year

This year’s committee will assess faculty the learning/development efforts currently under way at USC that are specifically directed at anti-racist, inclusive teaching practices, gauge the current assets available to promote inclusive and anti-racist teaching practices, conduct a literature review of such practices, and develop a practical resource for faculty that we can disseminate across the campus community.

Meetings: Contact committee chair for the date/locations of the committee meetings.


Jesus Domingues (Co-Chair) –

Artineh Samkian (Co-Chair) –

Committee members

  • Chantelle Collins,, Occupational Therapy/Ostrow School of Dentistry
  • Charles Davis,, Rossier School
  • Carlos Delgado,, Dornsife College/Writing Program
  • Jesus Dominguez (Co-Chair),, Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy, Ostrow School of Dentistry
  • Cindy Herrington,, Keck School
  • Elahe Nezami,, Keck School
  • Dan Pecchenino,, Dornsife College/Writing Program
  • Artineh Samkian (Co-Chair),, Rossier School
  • Holly Willis,, Cinematic Arts


Spring 2019 Campus Climate Presentation and Lunch

Photos by Artineh Samkian