Please note: reports dated earlier than June 2020 were published under our previous names: the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) or the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII).

PolicyLink, the USC Program for Environmental & Regional Equity (PERE), and local partners have developed a set of briefs analyzing five Southern states and how various employment equity strategies are essential to each state’s future.

Based on data analysis and modeling of a “full-employment-for-all economy” (defined as an economy where everyone who wants employment can find a job — regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender), each brief highlights the potential gains for each state and outlines ways to reduce employment barriers for economically insecure working-age adults.

Each brief underscores the importance of employment equity as the path to long-term, inclusive prosperity. Realizing these gains require that policymakers, the business community, foundations, and community-serving organizations to work together to implement multifaceted jobs and workforce strategies to achieve employment equity.


Explore the detailed methodology.

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    Immigrant Integration & Racial Justice

    Our work on immigrant integration and racial justice brings together three emphases: scholarship that draws on academic theory and rigorous research, data that provides information structured to highlight the process of immigrant integration over time, and engagement that seeks to create new dialogues with government, community organizers, business and civic leaders, immigrants and the voting public to advance immigrant integration and racial equity.

    Economic Inclusion & Climate Equity

    In the area of economic inclusion, we at ERI advance academic theory and practical applications linking economic growth, environmental quality, and civic health with bridging of racial and other gaps; produce accessible and actionable data and analysis through the data tools; and establish research partnerships to deepen and advance the dialogue, planning, and actions around racial equity, environmental justice, and the built environment.

    Social Movements & Governing Power

    ERI’s work in the area of governing power includes: conducting cross-disciplinary studies of today’s social movements, supporting learning and strategizing efforts to advance dialogues among organizers, funders, intermediaries, evaluators, and academics, and developing research-based social change frameworks and tools to inform—and be informed by—real-world, real-time efforts towards a vision of deep change.

    Publications Directory

    In 2020, the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) merged to form the USC Equity Research Institute (ERI).

    The full list of publications published under our previous and current names can be found in our publications directory.

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