Nikias travels to Washington, pushes for education research funding

President C. L. Max Nikias and a group of USC administrators and trustess traveled to Washington, D.C. Tuesday to discuss the value of federal research funding for education and other things, including job creation.

USC representatives met with Speaker of the House John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi among other congressional leaders.

USC delegates led three groups that discussed global initiatives and the humanities, research excellence and education and job creation.

“We received a wonderful reception on Capitol Hill and enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the incredible impact that USC’s faculty are having on our nation’s intellectual and cultural and economic development,” Nikias said to USC News.

The three groups emphasized USC’s commitment to the surrounding community as it is the largest employer in the city of Los Angeles. With the help of federal funding programs, USC helps to identify and educate students in the area who may attend college. USC also provides child care for more than 600 children under five years old.