Viterbi Racial Equity-Minded Action

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering has committed to the following principles to advance racial equity and inclusion that will help dismantle structural and systemic factors that contribute to inequities:

  • Representation
  • Engagement and Support
  • Equity and Inclusion

Working Group Charge

Working Groups were formed with the charge to provide an in-depth examination of data, policies, norms, best practices, and to recommend corresponding actions.

Working Group Leads

Education and Research

Dr. Ellis Meng

Vice Dean for Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Shelly and Ofer Nemirovsky Chair in Convergent Bioscience and Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Faculty Representation and Experience

Dr. Timothy Pinkston

Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs
George Pfleger Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Graduate Diversity Recruitment

Kevin Henry

Director, Graduate Diversity Outreach 
Viterbi Admission and Student Engagement

Retention and Persistence

Nora Sandoval

Director, Master’s Student Affairs
Viterbi Admission & Student Engagement

Staff Representation and Experience

Kasia Bzdak Perdue

Director, Human Resources

Undergraduate Admission

Paul D. Ledesma

Director, Undergraduate Admission
Admission & Student Affairs

Reports and Recommendations

Working Group Reports

Initial recommendations were submitted by the Working Groups. These are structured around the three equity-minded priorities.

Recommendations by Priority

Recommendation Submission Form

We welcome your recommendations, suggestions, and feedback.


Ken Bonner
Associate Dean for Inclusion and Diversity Initiatives

Published on January 19th, 2021

Last updated on August 18th, 2022