Human Resources Administration (HRA)

Human Resources Administration is responsible for the HR Service Center, Compensation, and Absence Management (medical leaves and other leave coordination). HRA oversees compliance with employment law and regulations related to university employees, and advises on matters of employment policy. HRA also oversees USC’s background screening program.


Mirna Diaz, Senior HR Business Partner
Mei Tse, Assistant Director
Dawn Thompson, Assistant Director, Compensation and Classification
Shamae Smith, Background Clearance Manager
Sara Padilla-Casillas, Manager, HR Innovations and Solutions


Manager Gateway
HR Professional Intranet

Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS)

Human Resources Information Systems provides functional and technical support to HR systems including Workday and TrojanLearn.


Peter Fennema, Director
Dagoberto Muniz, Assistant Director, Systems and Operations

Talent Acquisition

Talent Acquisition provides recruiting oversight and consultation.


Maryam Samiyi, Director of Talent Acquisition

Employee Engagement and Communications

Employee Engagement and Communications oversees the Employee Gateway, employee video, web and email communications, employee engagement initiatives including surveys, award programs and events, and university policy, as well as HR communications.


Diane Schrader, Director, Employee Engagement and Communications
Jandy Hardesty, Digital Media Manager


Employee Gateway
USC Policy


Learning oversees mandated training and professional development opportunities, primarily via TrojanLearn.


David Davis, Learning Manager

Benefits Administration

Benefits administers all employee benefit and retirement plans, as well as overseeing disability and workers’ compensation. Benefits staff also offer counseling and benefits enrollment assistance.


Awilda Bregand, Executive Director
Lupe Del Rio, Director, Workers’ Compensation and Disability

Retirement Plan Administration

Retirement Plan Administration oversees the university’s retirement plans in regard to compliance with federal regulations and plan document provisions, manages retirement investment company relationships, and coordinates participant education.


Debra Fabanish, Director

Center for Work and Family Life (CWFL)

The Center provides a wide variety of services, including free and confidential counseling, to help employees maintain a balance between their professional and personal lives. The Center also offers management and departmental consultation to faculty and staff.