Dear Master’s Programs student,

Hopefully you’ve found our commonly-confused-words series an effective (not affective) way to improve your writing.  Please enjoy our fourth—and penultimate—blog entry on this topic!

Disinterested vs. Uninterested

Disinterested (adj): unbiased, impartial

Uninterested (adj):  bored, unengaged

E.g.  Dina Lohan was dismissed from the jury pool for Lindsay’s DUI case; as the mother of the defendant, Dina could hardly have been disinterested. Continue reading WRITING TIP WEDNESDAY: CONFUSED WORDS (PT. 3)


11148423_1017285321643999_8454144764013686357_oAlejandra Meza (left) – Los Angeles, CA – PASA – conducted her fieldwork at EAOP UC Berkeley’s Pre-College Academy (PCA) Program, a six-week rigorous academic program for over 200 Bay Area high school students. Over 90% of participants self-identified as students of color and will be the first in their families to attend college. Her role in PCA was a Writing Teaching Assistant for the Youth, Schooling, and Constructs of a Criminal course, a class that explored how different groups such as age, race, gender, and class, intersect and influence the criminalization of young people in past and present times. As a Writing TA, Alejandra supported students by providing office hours, Spanish translation, one-on-one check ins, and even teaching a class.


USC Rossier School of Education – Diversity Task Force – Open Call for Membership

Purpose: The purpose of this task force is to address what we as educators and individuals can do within USC Rossier and the classrooms around the topic of equity, diversity, opportunity and access as we continue to prepare and train the next generation of researchers, practitioners and teachers. Like the University, Rossier is committed to promoting these principles with regard to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity and orientation, differential ability, religion, international constituents, veteran status and other under‐represented groups.

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Writing Tip Wednesday: Confused Words (Pt. 2)

Dear Master’s Programs student,

Today’s writing tip will complement (not compliment) the previous confused-words entry.  In principle (not principal), most writers will already be familiar with the distinctions between these words, but I know we can all use a refresher on these easily-mistaken homophones.  So without further ado, here are the four word groupings for today:

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