ABOUT US
ABOUT US

The University of Southern California is home to a dynamic research and organizational improvement center that works with professionals in educational institutions, corporations, and other contexts. We help our partners strategically develop and achieve equity goals, better understand and correct climate problems, avoid and recover from racial crises, and cultivate sustainable cultures of inclusion and respect. Evidence, as well as scalable and adaptable models of success, inform our rigorous approach.

We acknowledge that our center is on the traditional land of the Tongva People. We also recognize the Chumash, Tataviam, Serrano, Cahuilla, Juaneno, and Luiseno People for the land that USC occupies around Southern California. We pay respects to their past and present.

MISSION

Our mission is to illuminate, disrupt, and dismantle racism in all its forms. We do this through rigorous interdisciplinary research, high-quality professional learning experiences, the production and wide dissemination of useful tools, trustworthy consultations and strategy advising, and substantive partnerships. While race and ethnicity are at the epicenter of our work, we also value their intersectionality with other identities, and therefore aim to advance equity for all persons experiencing marginalization.

HISTORY

Professor Shaun R. Harper founded the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education in 2011 at the University of Pennsylvania, which was its home for six years. The Center was relocated and renamed the USC Race and Equity Center when Dr. Harper joined the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education and Marshall School of Business faculties in 2017.

Founded in 1999 by USC Professor Estela Mara Bensimon, the Center for Urban Education (CUE) has worked to bring equity-mindedness to institutions of higher education through socially-conscious research, tools, and learning institutes. CUE empowers practitioners to act as agents of change, enabling them to be critically race conscious as they respond to changing demographics in our educational systems. Furthermore, CUE developed the framework for equity-minded practice and policy that has been adopted by foundations, professional associations, and institutions of higher education nationally. CUE has helped hundreds of practitioners and institutions become equity-minded by teaching them to effectively question their own assumptions, recognize racial stereotypes that harm student success, and continually reassess their practices to create change. CUE and the USC Race and Equity Center merged on July 1, 2020.

FACULTY AFFILIATES

The USC Race and Equity Center’s strength largely resides in our interdisciplinary network of faculty affiliates. We unite more than 100 professors across academic schools at USC who are experts on race and racism, people of color, immigration, and other important dimensions of equity. These scholars work together on research, as well as on the development of useful tools and resources.

CENTER STAFF

Shaun R. Harper, PHD

Founder &
Executive Director


+1 (213) 740-0385
sharper@usc.edu

Lara Aposhian

Director
Marketing & Brand
Management

+1 (213) 740-1506
laposhia@rossier.usc.edu

Ya-Chi Hung

Senior Data Scientist
NACCC


+1 (213) 821-3420
yachihun@usc.edu

Isaiah Simmons

Research Associate



+1 (213) 740-0385
isaiahsi@usc.edu

John Pascarella, Ph.D.

K-12 Chief Academic
Officer


+1 (213) 740-0159
pascarel@usc.edu

Wilmon A. Christian III

Director
PRISM & The National
Equity Network

+1 (213) 821-6888
wilmonac@usc.edu

Brandi Junious

Finance & Operations
Manager


+1 (213) 740-7553
junious@usc.edu

James Bridgeforth

Research Associate



+1 (213) 740-0385
jbridgef@usc.edu

Jade Agua

Associate Director for Learning & Organizational Development

+1 (213) 821-3417
jagua@rossier.usc.edu

Jenise Evans

Administrative Assistant



+1 (213) 821-3432
jenise@usc.edu

Jaymon Ortega

Research Associate



+1 (213) 740-0385
jortega@usc.edu

Sarah Toutant

Research Associate



+1 (213) 740-0385
toutant@usc.edu