Who lives on the Latino Floor?
The floor is open to all students who have an interest in the Latino culture and those who want to experience their first year at USC in a supportive and close-knit multicultural community. You do not have to consider yourself “Latino” to live on the Latino Floor. If you have an open mind and are willing to learn about the Latino culture, then the floor is a fit for you. Residents come from all areas of the globe, some are International students, some are immigrants and many are of mixed backgrounds.
The Latino Floor houses 32 first time freshman residents. In addition to the 32 residents on the floor, it houses one Resident Advisors (RA). These student staff members is an older student who is trained to help first year residents adjust to USC student life and plan programs and floor activities.
Why live on “The Floor”?
The Latino Floor provides a fast-paced, rewarding first year experience. The Floor is designed to be a “launching pad” for you to begin your networking and involvement at USC. Residents benefit from having a residential life staff member on the floor, extra activities and opportunities as well as several non-resident Faculty Fellows, faculty members who have a strong interest in supporting and interacting with first year students. As a resident you will benefit from one-on-one interaction with University faculty, staff and student leaders who have been connected to the program for many years. In addition to support from a core group of faculty and staff, The Floor is closely connected to El Centro Chicano.
The connection with El Centro consists of many programs and services, including receiving a Latino Resource Handbook at the New Student Symposium Program held at the beginning of the year, along with receiving the Weekly E-Newsletter. Also, we created Class Reunions: One Stop Shop. This program focuses on students’ class status, i.e. Freshmen-Senior, Graduate, Transfer, etc. Each class would be offered a One Stop Shop Panel once a semester, which would specifically address what those students academic and personal needs are. A panel assembled by the needs of each specific class consists of departments/offices, faculty, alumni and upperclassmen. This program also encourages networking and helps establish a supportive class identity.
Latin American and American traditions are celebrated side by side. The highlight of the fall semester is the traditional Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. Residents learn about the traditional Latin American holiday and build altars and teach local school children about the holiday. In addition, suites are converted into traditional American haunted houses complete with twisted mazes and masked monsters. Hundreds of local school children visit the floor to participate in the educational workshops.
By living on the The Floor will I be segregating myself from other cultures?
Simply put, NO! The floor is as culturally diverse as you can get. Just because you live on the Latino Floor does not mean that you will be attending classes with your floor-mates or that you will be joining all of the same student organizations. You will experience cultural diversity every step of the way at USC, and The Floor is no different. Meeting others beyond those living on The Floor will be a part of everyday life for you. You should also remember that The Latino Floor is ethnically, nationally, culturally, religiously and politically diverse. So if you’re ready to embrace diversity, sign up !
Does it cost extra to live on the floor?
No, there are no additional costs related to living on the floor. Room rates can be found in the Living at USC brochure. For a double room (two person occupancy) the rate for the 2016-2017 school year is $5,055/Semester.
Meal Plans can be found on page 24 of the Living at USC brochure. Questions about meal plans can be directed to Hospitality Services at (213) 740-0256 or email@example.com or http://hospitality.usc.edu/ResidentialDining/MealPlans.aspx.
How do I sign up?
There are two easy steps:
- Submit your USC Housing Application by April 30th, 2017. On your housing application, designate the Latino Floors (LATF) as your top choice.
- Submit a Supplemental Application to El Centro. This can be found online at http://uscstudentaffairs.qualtrics.com/SE?SID=SV_5dq2bAQdDOw5Yos&SVID=Prod
What if you already submitted your housing application, but didn’t mark the Latino Floor as a priority?
No problem. Submit the supplemental application online and notify the Housing Office in writing, by fax at (213) 740-8488 or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), that your preferences changed. Also, inform Billy Vela, who co-manages the Latino Floor at email@example.com.
I’m not quite sure yet, can I visit?
Yes! We’d be glad to host you. If you are visiting campus for EXPLORE ‘SC, give us a call before hand so we can pair you with a host. If you would rather come on a weekend or during your spring break, call us ahead of time to schedule a visit or an overnight visit. We can be reached at (213) 740-1480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.