Archived Events

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Lunch and Learn – Making Movements: Aligning Organizing, Philanthropy, & Research for Social Change

Making Movements is an engaging panel, from our ‘Lunch & Learn’ series, moderated by Dr. Leah Gose featuring Sulma Arias, Jennifer Ito, Joseph Tomás McKellar, Dr. Manuel Pastor, and Marc Philpart. Together, they’ll explore the ground up, self-aware strategies of organizations building lasting capacities for social change.

Tuesday, March 26th, 2024
12:00pm – 2:00pm PST
Doheny Memorial Library (DML 240)

Fireside Chat: Community – Engaged Research to Power Social Change

Director of the Equity Research Institute, Manuel Pastor, engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Chancellor Nancy Cantor of Rutgers University (Newark, NJ) as they explore strategies for research centers and institutes to establish structures supporting community-engaged research within university systems.

Tuesday, November 7th, 2023
12:00pm – 1:30pm PST
Doheny Memorial Library (DML 240)


ERI Webinar Series – Part II: Capacities and Infrastructures to Meet Our Goals

This session will focus on the “commons” of the power-building ecosystem, capacities, and skills that need to be invested in and developed in order to bring about transformative and lasting change.

Tuesday, October 17th, 2023
1:30pm – 2:30pm PST

Book Event – The Struggle for the People’s King: How Politics Transforms the Memory of the Civil Rights Movement

Join Hajar Yazdiha, Varun Soni, Walter J. Nicholls, and Marcus Anthony Hunter as they discuss Dr. Yazdiha’s new book The Struggle for the People’s King: How Politics Transforms the Memory of the Civil Rights Movement.

Thursday, October 5th, 2023
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
USC University Club Scriptorium

ERI Celebration of Community: 15 Years of Solidarity and Service

Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Location: DTLA USC Building
1150 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90015

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ERI webinar: Reimagining Power for a Healthy & Just State

With governing power as our collective North Star, this session will focus on the types of power that are most critical to nurture and strengthen over the next ten years—economic power, multiracial democratic power, and narrative power.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

2023 Los Angeles Immigration Summit

Our Immigrant Future is Now!
Investing in an inclusive Los Angeles Region

The 2023 Los Angeles Immigration Summit highlighted bold and intersectional ideas and campaigns that keep immigrant justice issues front and center.

June 27 & 28, 2023
The California Endowment
1000 Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Lunch and Learn: What Does it Mean to Conduct Community-Engaged Research?

Join us for a panel conversation with scholars, staff, and community members discussing what it means to conduct community-engaged research.

Tuesday, March 28
11:00AM-1:00 PM
Doheny Library, DML 240

Solidarity and Spirituality: Soul, Scale, Strategy in a Time of Crisis

Join us as nationally renowned Valarie Kaur (Revolutionary Love Project) leads us through a conversation that weaves her own work as well as new works by our other speakers: The Activist Spirit: Toward a Radical Solidarity (Victor Narro, UCLA Labor Center) and Solidarity Economics: Why Mutuality and Movements Matter (Chris Benner, UCSC; Manuel Pastor, USC).

Monday Feb 27, 2023
04:00 PM PST
Virtual event

Building Downtown Los Angeles: The Politics of Race and Place in Urban America

Leland Saito, Associate Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California will discuss his new book “Building Downtown Los Angeles: The Politics of Race and Place in Urban America”

Tuesday, October 25
12:00-1:00 p.m. PDT
Virtual event

California Immigrant Data Portal Webinar

The USC Equity Research Institute held a webinar to present the most recent updates to our online data tool, the California Immigrant Data Portal. The webinar included a tour of the website and highlighted updates to the California Immigrant Data Portal.

Thursday October 20, 2022
10:00-11:30 a.m. PT
Virtual event

California for All: Towards a Strategic Plan for Immigrant Integration in the Golden State

Join us for a hybrid (in-person and virtual) discussion on formulating future immigration policies and practices in California.

A panel of community leaders, policymakers, and academics will convene to envision the short-term and long-term future policies needed to move California toward an immigrant-inclusive state. This panel will be preceded by a presentation on ERI’s recent data analyses on California’s immigrant communities.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022
12:00-2:00 p.m. PT
In-person and online

Solidarity Economics: OUR Movement, OUR Economy

A conversation with prominent national policy advocates and social movement leaders on Chris Benner and Manuel Pastor’s forthcoming book, Solidarity Economics: Why Mutuality and Movements Matter

Thursday, November 4, 2021
4:00-5:30pm PT (7:00-8:30pm ET)
Virtual event

Corredores for Justice: A New Approach to Labor Migration in Central America and Beyond

Scholars and community organizers from across the Americas convened to discuss how a group of organizations are forming a hemispheric network to confront some of the complex issues tied to transnational migration.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
12:30pm-2:00pm PT
Virtual event

Encuentro: Defending Migrant Rights Across the Americas

A virtual conference on South America’s innovative immigration policies and how the United States can integrate more humane policy models.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
9:00 am to 2:00 pm PDT
Virtual conference

California Immigrant Data Portal Launch

On Tuesday, October 27th, 2020, we launched the California Immigrant Data Portal, an interactive website developed by the USC Equity Research Institute. The portal presents data and case studies that can be used to better understand and promote the well-being of immigrants, their families, and their communities.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
11:00am to 12:30pm PT
Virtual event

More archived events

  • April 25, 2022

    California 100 to Release Reports on the Future of California’s Health, Immigrant Integration, and Public Safety

    You’ve heard of the future of work. What about the future of health & wellness? The future of immigrant integration? The future of public safety?

    Join California 100, a new statewide initiative being incubated at the University of California and Stanford University, in unveiling issue and future scenario reports focused on these policy areas involving the future of health, immigrant integration, and public safety in California. On April 25, 2022 the California 100 research partners discussed their findings and possible scenarios for the future in a panel discussion.

    Learn more and read the report

  • A Four-Part Webinar Series

    Session 1 | The Power to Transform Communities
    Thursday, August 26, 2021
    11:00 – 11:45 am PT

    Session 2 | Profiles in Community Power: Building a People-Centered Movement
    Thursday, September 9, 2021
    10:00 – 10:45 am PT

    Session 3 | Profiles in Community Power: Multi-Issue and Multi-Racial Organizing
    Tuesday, September 21, 2021
    10:30 – 11:15 am PT

    Session 4 | The Power to Change Policies and Systems
    Tuesday, September 28, 2021
    10:00 – 10:45 am PT

    Watch the webinar recordings

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  • Tuesday, July 27th, 2021 | 6:30 PM
    Mercado la Paloma

    South Los Angeles, one of the West Coast’s last great working-class places, has been a destination point for two great migrations: African Americans arriving from the South and East, and, more recently, Latin Americans immigrating to Southern California. While media have long dwelled on examples of interracial and interethnic conflict there, the everyday reality of South L.A.’s ever-changing neighborhoods has revolved around Black-Brown co-existence, cooperation, and innovative multiracial organizing. How have South Central’s diverse residents managed to find solidarity in unsettling and polarizing times? What new and shared place-based identities have emerged from the area’s mix of histories and cultures? And what can the rest of L.A., and the U.S., learn from South L.A.?

    USC sociologists Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Manuel Pastor, co-authors of South Central Dreams: Finding Home and Building Community in South L.A., and Corey Matthews, chief operating officer of Community Coalition, visit Zócalo to explore the lessons of South L.A.’s struggles and successes.

    This event is produced in partnership with South Central Innervisions: An AfroLatinxFuturism multidisciplinary arts festival on July 31, 2021 at Mercado La Paloma.

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  • Monday, March 29, 2021

    The Daughters of the Movement are legacy holders—a remarkable group of women who sat at the feet of those who were on the frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement:

    Gina Belafonte—Daughter of Julie and Harry Belafonte
    Suzanne Kay—Daughter of Diahann Carroll
    Stacy Lynch—Daughter of Bill Lynch
    Hasna Muhammad—Daughter of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee
    Ilyasah Shabazz—Daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz
    Dominique Sharpton-Bright—Daughter of Reverend Al Sharpton
    Keisha Sutton-James—Granddaughter of Percy Sutton

    The Daughters carry the oral history, cultural values, and wisdom passed down to them by revolutionary leaders who turned the tide of American history. Their memories about growing up and watching their parents at work overlap and intertwine, as did the lives of their parents—civil rights activists, artists, politicians, political strategists, religious leaders, and funders of the Movement. In an inspiring live conversation moderated by Kim Tabari, organizational development director of the USC Equity Research Institute, this multigenerational sisterhood will share their stories in order to empower and activate future generations.

    Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative in partnership with the Institute for Theatre and Social Change at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Co-sponsored by the USC Equity Research Institute, the Center for Black Cultural Student Affairs, the Black Student Assembly, and Brothers Breaking B.R.E.A.D.

  • Wed, September 9, 2020
    12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PDT

    A groundbreaking moment in LA’s history when we unveiled a policy blueprint for system change and transformation centered in racial equity. The Committee for Greater LA came together to understand the effects COVID-19 had on select populations in LA County and expanded to a broader understanding of systemic racism.

    • Jae Canas, Community voice
    • Miguel A. Santana, Chair; Committee for Greater LA
    • Fred Ali, President and CEO, Weingart Foundation
    • Jacqueline Waggoner, Vice President, Enterprise Community Partners
    • Manuel Pastor, Director, USC Equity Research Institute
    • Gary Segura, Professor and Dean, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

    Business, philanthropy, labor, government and other community leaders came together to address issues such as employment, housing and homelessness, education, youth and trauma, with COVID-19 as a throughline. Witness how the report used data to define LA’s structural breakdowns and offer policy solutions to advance racial equity, increase accountability, and spark a broad civic conversation. Ultimately, the Committee wants to ensure vulnerable and marginalized communities will be better off than they were before the crisis – there is no going back LA. Be a part of this moment, ask questions, and converse with the panelists about how you can engage in advancing racial equality.

    Learn more and read the report

Past conferences

  • A virtual conference on South America’s innovative immigration policies and how the United States can integrate more humane policy models.

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021
    9:00 am to 2:00 pm PDT
    Virtual conference

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  • How are people working across the U.S., across lines of political, religious, and social difference? How does the “softer” side of politics—dialogue, culture, and education—link to tangible, “hard” changes in policy and in people’s everyday lives? The USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) hosted their inaugural Turpanjian event in April 2016 with “Turning the Page on Hate: Building Community for a More Civil Society”.

    Wednesday, April 6, 2016
    3:30-5:30 pm

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  • A conference to commemorate the progress we have made, come together to share strategies and opportunities for multi-racial organizing in Los Angeles.

    Thursday, April 26, 2012 | 9am – 5pm
    USC Davidson Conference Center

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  • With the failure to secure comprehensive immigration reform in Washington – including the inability to pass even the DREAM Act – two things seem clear.  The first is that what is driving the debate is not simply the immigration system per se, but also a deeper anxiety about the changing demographics and economics of our nation. The second is that the challenge of immigration policy is moving down the geographic scale: increasingly, the battles about integrating or restricting immigrants will occur at the state, regional, and local levels.

    What are the key issues facing supporters of immigrant integration in the current moment? How can we “break through” the noise of the debate with solid data on the contributions of and progress by immigrants over time?  How can new grassroots coalitions of business, community, and civic leaders impact their own regions and bubble up their efforts for a more welcoming approach as a nation?

    Thursday, April 6, 2011 | 8:30am – 4pm
    USC Davidson Conference Center

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