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

The USC Race and Equity Center and USC Marshall School of Business launched a portfolio focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in 2019. Extensive prior experience developing high-quality learning opportunities for professionals across a multitude of industries, as well as deep expertise on assessing climates of inclusion for women, employees of color, LGBTQIA employees, employees with disabilities, and other marginalized groups, uniquely poises us to offer an array of useful resources, services, and experiences focused on DEI in businesses, firms, government agencies, and an expansive array of other organizational contexts.

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DEI eLearning Series

We offer companies and firms live, high-quality virtual professional eLearning experiences on a range of topics pertaining to equity, diversity, and inclusion in business.

Virtual sessions are evidence-based and taught by dozens of expert faculty members from USC, Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, MIT, and other top-ranked business schools. Each is highly engaging and includes practical strategies; none are too abstract or uselessly academic.

Every 90-minute synchronous eLearning module can be facilitated for executives, managers, or employees across all levels.

LIST OF TOPICS

Addressing Homophobia and Heterosexism

Advancing Women to Senior Leadership Roles

Communicating Commitment to DEI

Eliminating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Evolving with Client/Customer Demographics

Facilitating Difficult Conversations about DEI

Hiring and Strategically Diversifying the Workplace

Making Workplace Environments Trans Inclusive

Managing Intergenerational Tensions

Meeting the Needs of Employees with Disabilities

Navigating Partisanship Diversity and Political Polarization

Recognizing and Reducing Implicit Bias

Recovering from Diversity-Related Crises

Resolving Racial Tensions at Work

Retaining and Advancing Employees of Color

Supporting Employee Networks/Resource Groups

Companies and firms can choose from this list, or we can create sessions on other equity, diversity, and inclusion topics.

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Strategic DEI Advising

We provide executives and managers effective strategies to improve and advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in their companies and firms.

Our confidential advising focuses on current realities and stressful challenges, as well as on future opportunities. Also, we help businesses avoid, strategically address, and recover from DEI-related crises and disagreements.

Our focus is both internal and outward facing. In all cases, we aim to reduce risk and harm while maximizing opportunities for learning and organizational integrity. Developing comprehensive, sustainable DEI strategy with business leaders is another service we offer. Our approach is responsive, respectful, collaborative, creative, and evidence-based.

APPROACH

We offer companies and firms live, high-quality virtual professional learning experiences on a range of topics pertaining to equity, diversity, and inclusion in business.

Virtual sessions are evidence-based and taught by dozens of expert faculty members from USC, Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, MIT, and other top-ranked business schools. Each is highly engaging and includes practical strategies; none are too abstract or uselessly academic. Every 90-minute synchronous learning module can be facilitated for executives, managers, or employees across all levels.

Workplace Climate Assessments

The USC Race and Equity Center has extensive experience researching employees’ encounters with sexism and sexual harassment, racism, ageism, sizeism, religious and (dis)ability discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, and other experiences that undermine equity and inclusion in workplace settings.

APPROACH

Teams from our center spend 3-4 days at companies and firms conducting confidential interviews with diverse groups of employees across all levels. We also offer the option of conducting focus groups virtually. Our samples normally include hundreds of employees. We subsequently furnish reports that include our findings and numerous practical recommendations.

DEI Conversation Labs

Experienced, highly-skilled facilitators from our center travel to companies and firms to engage employees in courageous, productive conversations about racism, sexism, and a range of other seemingly controversial issues. We also facilitate conversations in the immediate aftermath of catastrophic national events.

APPROACH

Our DEI experts engage employees in courageous and productive conversations on a range of seemingly controversial issues. We also facilitate conversations in the immediate aftermath of catastrophic national events.

Pay Equity Solutions
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In partnership with PayScale, we help employers of various industries and sectors conduct proactive and self-driven pay equity audits to determine whether any pay disparities exist within their organizations.

APPROACH

Where pay gaps are identified among employees with similar job responsibilities, comparable skill sets, or other compensable factors, we examine whether those differences can be explained by legitimate business justifications and not attributed to protected class characteristics such as gender and/or race, among others.

We offer our clients solutions to pay equity issues and identify their root causes.

AUDITS

Based on your organization’s needs, the following audits may be conducted in tandem or a la carte:

Foundational

Focus on data collection and statistical analysis using trusted PayScale compensation technology and market data to detect disparities

Remedial

Focus on short- and long-term remediation planning to eliminate or reduce detected pay disparities

Causal

Focus on identifying root causes of detected disparities by assessing internal systems and processes that may be contributing factors

Recent Clients & Partners

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Time
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Apollo
GOLIN
Citi
Finlays
Pasadena Tournament of Roses
Hero Digital
Nike
ReSourcePro
PayScale
R1
SAS
Sheeo
Sun Life
T-Mobile
Twitch
Wondery

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Use this form to reach the following department contacts:

Richard Nassar
rnassar@rossier.usc.edu

Shaun Harper
sharper@usc.edu





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