On March 10, 2023, Senta Georgia, PhD, of USC Stem Cell, became the first Black PhD scientist to be tenured in the history of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, which was founded in 1885. This momentous occasion also happened 50 years after the passing of Title IX, which outlawed sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding.

Georgia, who teaches at the Keck School, leads the Georgia Lab and is a principle investigator at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, has long made it her mission to resolve educational disparities and to provide underserved students with the same guidance and encouragement that she received.

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