The Culture Journey

The Culture Journey

Our Journey

Culture Journey is a university-wide initiative to explore our values, align the supportive behaviors that bring those values to life and develop opportunities to improve our systems and processes. Together, we are shaping our culture.


Since October 2019, over 24,000 Trojan – faculty, staff, students, governing bodies, Deans, and unit leaders shared their voices and provided feedback on our desired USC values, behaviors, and actions to enhance our culture. To learn more about the origins of our Culture Journey, take a look at some of our key milestones below.

For the results of our values poll, townhall presentations and school/unit reports, visit our Culture Journey Intranet site.

Looking Ahead

We are now looking to integrate our Unifying Values into our university-wide systems and processes. Here are some concrete examples of what is already underway, with more actions to come:

Investing in developing the professional skill sets of our leaders, faculty, staff, and students tied to ethical and values-based behaviors, mentorship, and feedback 

Reflecting USC values in the way we assess performance and in systems governing recognition, rewards, and incentives 

Providing clear pathways for discussing and acting on concerns without fear of retaliation

Alignment of values and DEI concepts into well-being programs and initiatives

Embedding our values into employee recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and professional development