An initiative to encourage closer relationships and greater conviviality at USC


Play this CAMPFIRE VIDEO when you are doing “icebreakers” or personal sharing in your class or club or event at USC!  Spread the “meme” as a way of encouraging deeper sharing and connection on campus….

QUESTIONS to ask in conversations, one-to-one and in classes or groups – intended to move from acquaintance to deeper friendship

HOW TO LIGHT A CAMPFIRE – how to create the conditions for deeper friendship and community to emerge

Gratitude Deck – a guide to practicing gratitude daily

BELONGING @ USC offers resources and training events focused on community-building and relationship enhancement – for faculty, student-facing staff, and student organization leaders at USC. 

Learn more by contacting Cat Moore, ORSL’s Director of Belonging, at


“The Tree and Me.”

How Cat Moore, Director of Belonging embraced the power of trees to help endure during social isolation. By FEB 19, 2021

“Once desperately shy USC Dornsife alumna is now the university’s director of belonging.”

“Cat Moore ’05 long suffered appalling loneliness until she cracked how to create meaningful relationships. Now she helps USC students overcome the challenges and isolation caused by the pandemic by showing them how to do the same.” Continue reading…