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Our Spring 2022 Initiatives

TL;DR: everything we're doing this semester.

Editor's note

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Every semester, we take a look at the initiatives we've recently run, evaluate campus culture and student needs, and determine Spark's initiatives for the following few months. Spark has formed committees to work on five external initiatives this fall. I sat down with the leads of each committee to ask them how their initiative addresses Spark's mission, what the work will look like, and what it'll be like to join the committee. Click to jump to an initiative → 1000 Pitches | Arts, Grooves, & Foods | Communications | Diversity, Equality, & Inclusion | Graphics | Project Launch | Sparkmarket | Startup Career Fair

Introduction to our Spring 2022 initiatives

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A few of our household initiatives, like 1000 Pitches and Project Launch, have been running for years because they feel so core to our mission and our beliefs. We might decide to continue, pause, or retire an initiative, but one can always come back if a lead is passionate about its cause. This year, Amara is resurrecting Arts, Grooves, and Foods, which originally ran in 2017, and Victor and William are resurrecting Spark XM, which is also coming out of a four-year retirement. We frequently start new initiatives at the beginning of each semester as part of our commitment to serving our mission—whatever that means in the current semester: Sparkmarket is debuting under Erik this semester. We have a lot in store and we can't wait for you to see what we'll be up to. Hopefully, you'll find something that piques your interest! If you join Spark, you'll join two of these committees and help us push it to its fullest potential.

1000 Pitches

Committee lead:

Ariana Deng, Junior majoring in Global Health in Keck

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Arts, Grooves, & Foods (AGF)

Committee lead:

William Higbie, Junior majoring in Cinema and Media Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts

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Communications

Committee leads:

Alisha Merchant, Freshman majoring in Cinema and Media Arts (Pre-Med) in the School of Cinematic Arts

Meghana Maddali, Sophomore majoring in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics in Dornsife

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Diversity, Equality, & Inclusion (DEI)

Committee lead:

Ire Omitowoju, Sophomore majoring in Arts, Technology, & the Business of Innovation in IYA

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Graphics

Committee leads:

Dutch Hansen, Freshman majoring in Business Administration (Cinematic Arts) in Marshall

Heath Chancey, Freshman majoring in Arts, Technology, & the Business of Innovation in IYA

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Project Launch (PL)

Committee lead:

Beez, Senior majoring in Arts, Technology, & the Business of Innovation in IYA

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What is Project Launch? Project Launch is Spark’s mentorship program for USC Hybrid High School. This semester, we'll be examining what PL's mission should be in 2022 by conducting original research, working with past rockets, and strengthening relationships with people at Hybrid High.

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Project Launch originated out of Spark’s mission to spread the entrepreneurial spirit everywhere we go.

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Sparkmarket

Committee lead:

Erik Cruz, Sophomore majoring in Computer Science and Business Administration in Viterbi

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Startup Career Fair (SCF)

Committee lead:

Alex Wan, Freshman majoring in Computer Science and Business Administration in Viterbi

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