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December 2012

By Manuel Pastor, Rhonda Ortiz, Marlene Ramos, and Mirabai Auer

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).

This brief is one in a series that PolicyLink and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) / Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) assembled for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Sustainable Communities Initiative. The series is intended to support a learning community of regional and local governments focused on integrating equity (economic, social, and environmental) into their plans, policies, and projects.

In this brief, we cover how planners and policymakers can help foster mobility, participation, and openness by convening conversations around immigrant integration and mapping the landscapes of labor, housing, and transportation in ways that are inclusive of immigrant concerns and aspirations.

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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.

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    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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