September 6, 2017

Introducing: Media Institute for Social Change Scholars



Clarissa Joan Middleton received her B.S in Finance, Cum Laude, from The Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University in 2009. Currently, she is pursuing her MFA at The University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Her course of study is the integration of faith-based content and interactive media.
Clarissa is developing a proof of concept for her belief that interactive media has an unprecedented capacity to be an agent for social change. Clarissa previously worked as an associate for Impact America Fund managing the firm's market research and communications strategy nationwide.
Catherine Cropp is a senior at USC majoring in Cinema and Media Studies and minoring in International Relations. She hopes that combining the two fields allows her to obtain an education that will help her work towards creating media that has a global impact on social change.
As an ambassador at Pearl S. Buck International, she developed a passion for global cultures. Catherine found that an awareness of other cultures – in her own country and across the globe – can help in telling stories about our common human experiences. She believes storytelling can break down walls while building connections between people.
Tomi Tunrarebi is studying Cinema and Media Studies as well as Screenwriting. She is from the Bay Area, where she mentored high school students in academic and creative writing. She has placed in multiple creative writing competitions, and her work has been adopted into the curriculum of her former school.  She writes about the need for diversity in schools and in their surrounding neighborhoods. 
Tomi intends to continue to write impactful stories that will inspire social change as well as have diverse representations of people from all walks of life.
Tiffany Kontoyia is a writer, director, and playwright studying in USC's graduate Television and Film Production program. Her film, “A Day on My Wheels,” was one of the winners at the Columbia University Film Festival, Being Barnard Film Contest, Athena Film Festival and will be screened at the Film Festival for Women's Rights in Seoul. Tiffany is known for her anti-bullying work and organization.
Her play “The Cycle,” which focuses the effects of bullying led her to appear on MSNBC, NBC, TV Venezuela and CBS to speak about bullying and how the visual arts can be used to create change. Tiffany continues to create films that bring inspiring, engaging and important social issues to light. 

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USC Media Institute for Social Change is a nonprofit organization of industry professionals who use cinema to create an awareness of social issues and inspire positive actions throughout the world. With a mission to support emerging media makers who weave pro-social messaging into their stories, USC-MISC is changing the world one film at a time.
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