February 24, 2021


On behalf of the entire DPS Community Advisory Board, we send this update following the successful completion of our Co-Design Public Safety Sessions, held over the past two weeks. We were gratified to hear from so many of you, a total of 649 participants, including students, faculty, staff, and neighbors, over 10 sessions. Several of you also attended multiple sessions. We are grateful that you have shared your time and entrusted us with your design ideas.

The diverse backgrounds and university connections of our participants – and the ideas they brought to the table – were remarkable. We heard an inspiring range of experiences, observations, and thoughts for the way forward. The ability to incorporate all of this material is integral to the Community Advisory Board’s work – without it, this process would not move forward in a credible manner.

Importantly, although the sessions have come to an end, you can still express your thoughts by submitting a comment through our website.

In the coming weeks and months, the Board will digest what has been said in addition to analyzing data and policies relevant to public safety on and around our campuses. Through this process, we will draft a set of recommendations for President Folt’s consideration. Our goal is to deliver this document to President Folt in May 2021.

We look forward to keeping all of you informed throughout this process. In the meantime, you can reach us any time at dpscab@usc.edu.


Dr. Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro
Chair, Department of Political Science & International Relations and Dean’s Professor, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Co-Chair, USC Department of Public Safety Community Advisory Board

Dr. Erroll Southers
Professor of the Practice in National and Homeland Security; Director, Safe Communities Institute; Director of Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies
Co-Chair, USC Department of Public Safety Community Advisory Board

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