Diane Schrader

Director, Employee Engagement and Communications

Diane oversees Employee Engagement and Communications, which encompasses the Employee Gateway, the portal for faculty and staff that she was responsible for establishing in 2013, along with all its affiliated websites and social media channels; the weekly Gateway Connect email for all faculty and staff; all-staff emails and communications; and employee video production. She also oversees the university’s employee engagement programs and events including the annual Staff Recognition Luncheon; reward and recognition programs; and university-wide employee feedback/survey initiatives including Great Colleges to Work For and the annual Staff Pulse Survey. In addition, Diane oversees university policy. Diane’s department is responsible for providing communication oversight to the division which includes many employee-related websites and communication efforts, as well as tools and communications for human resources professionals across the university, the Manager Gateway for all employees who supervise others, and the HR Professional Intranet. The department also provides oversight for staff webpages university-wide.

Prior to coming to USC in 2008, she produced syndicated features for television news, worked as a freelance writer, book editor, copyeditor, proofreader, and publicist, and hosted a weekly radio show. She started her career in TV news at KTLA and KNBC in Los Angeles after graduating from USC with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and sociology. All three of her children are recent USC graduates. Diane is based in the Dallas, TX area.

Contact Information

(213) 821-8116