The University of Southern California in Los Angeles has created the Graduate Initiative for Diversity, Inclusion and Access. The new effort aims to increase the diversity of the student body in the graduate school at the university, to broaden academic support for underrepresented minority students, and to expand outreach to minority communities in Los Angeles.
The new initiative will begin this summer with the JumpStart Program. Minority students from Loyola Marymount University, Cal Poly-Pomona, and California State University, Los Angeles, will be eligible for a research-intensive summer program at USC. Students who complete the program will receive a stipend and have their application fee waived if they apply to a Ph.D. program at USC.
Beginning in the fall of 2017, the new initiative will offer $32,000 stipends to graduate students from underrepresented minority groups.