Scholar-Activists in Residence

Taz Ahmed (Fall 2023)

Tanzila (Taz) Ahmed is a political strategist, storyteller, and artist.

Project: Pinpointing South Asian American histories in Southern California/Los Angeles and recording an audio narrative about the activism history

A woman wearing a hijab looking off to the side

Ameena Qazi (Fall 2023)

Ameena Qazi is a social justice attorney, policy analyst, and activist from the Peace and Justice Law Center in Fullerton.

Project: A report on policing in Orange County focusing on uses of force

Spencer Foundation Fellow

Headshot: a woman with shoulder length brown and blonde hair, wearing glasses.

Maisie Chin

Maisie Chin is a consultant and co-founder & past executive director of CADRE.

Project: Articles on place-based (South LA) Black & POC parent organizing and movement building for racial justice in education

Past Scholar-Activists in Residence

Xiomara E. Corpeño (Spring 2020)

Xiomara E. Corpeño is a migrant-justice organizer based in Los Angeles for the last 20 years. In November 2018, as the immigrant caravan arrived in Tijuana, Xiomara formed the Southern California Solidarity Network for the Central American Caravan, helping create a network of 15+ organizations and 20 individual volunteers to provide streamlined direct assistance to migrants in Tijuana. She continues to work with organizational and grassroots leaders in Baja California to support leadership development and migrant-led projects. She recently completed a Transborder Migrant Justice Fellowship. The Fellowship allowed her to learn more about how migration has changed, and about the conditions that push people out of their home lands as well as the perils faced on the journey north.

Her research will examine the current migration trends as a direct and intentional result of the product of Manifest Destiny and White Supremacy, incorporating a race analysis on how these policies affect Black and Indigenous migrants. She also hopes to connect the different sectors of the migrant justice movement in the U.S. including interior enforcement, criminalization, border militarization, mass incarceration (aka detention), foreign policy, expansion of the border to Mexico and Central America, and asylum policies. Xiomara was one of 12 women recognized in her city for contributions by women of the 58th Assembly District. Her most recent article is entitled: Fascism Grows As Trans People Lose Human Rights.

Visibilizing Indigenous Migrants During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Xiomara Corpeño, ERI Visiting Activist in Residence (Spring 2020) and Claudio Hernandez


Patrisse Cullors-Khan (Spring 2020)

Patrisse Cullors-Khan is an artist and activist at heart. She recently received her MFA graduate from the USC Roski School of Art and Design. She is the Creator, Co-Founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, an international network created to fight anti-black racism inside and outside of the U.S.

Patrisse is also the former Executive Director of Dignity & Power Now, an organization dedicated to protecting dignity and building power for incarcerated individuals in Greater LA. Her most recent endeavor was Chair of the Reform LA Jails ballot initiative approved by LA County voters in March 2020. Her mission is to reimagine what freedom and justice mean for all of society, in particular, those that have historically been marginalized and oppressed, and to inspire the masses to take action for positive social change. Patrisse is also the author of a New York Times bestselling book: When they call you a terrorist.

At the completion of her time as a Visiting Activist Researcher, Patrisse completed a popular article op-ed for Vogue World.

What We want: Black Life Affirmed