About the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)

Established in 2007, the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) is a research unit situated within the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences.

PERE conducts research and facilitates discussions on issues of environmental justice, regional inclusion, and social movement building.  PERE’s work is rooted in the new three R’s: rigor, relevance, and reach.  We conduct high-quality research in our focus areas that is relevant to public policy concerns and that reaches to those directly affected communities that most need to be engaged in the discussion.  In general, we seek and support direct collaborations with community-based organizations in research and other activities, trying to forge a new model of how university and community can work together for the common good.


PERE's main project areas are:

Learn about our work on immigrant integration: USC's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII).


  • Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)
  • 950 W. Jefferson Blvd., JEF 102
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1291