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 2019-2020 Academic Year

Researching and proposing recommendations about strategies to better support and retain diverse faculty at USC based on a clear understanding of what is currently happening both at other institutions and across USC’s schools.

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


Artineh Samkian (C0-Chair) –

Helen Choi (Co-Chair) –

Committee members

  • Helen Choi (Co-Chair),, Viterbi
  • Chantelle Collins,, Occupational Therapy/Ostrow School of Dentistry
  • Charles Davis,, Rossier School
  • Carlos Delgado,, Dornsife College/Writing Program
  • Jesus Dominguez,, 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