Economic Inclusion and Climate Equity

May 2015

By Manuel Pastor and Jared Sanchez

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).

Women Can Build: Including Women in the Resurgence of Good U.S. Manufacturing Jobs is part of the #WomenCanBuild project, inspired by the Jobs to Move America coalition, a national project that aims to make our public transit dollars go the distance.

This report addresses the need to include women in the growth of good manufacturing jobs that can sustain the middle class and contribute towards rebuilding our economy.

We focus here specifically on the role of women in transportation equipment manufacturing, an industry expanding because of significant federal investment in mass transit systems, including bus and rail. With the transit manufacturing industries poised to grow, all Americans–by virtue of their tax dollars being spent–should benefit from those investments.

We briefly outline the state of manufacturing and the women in it, barriers to their inclusion, and some promising best practices.

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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.

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    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.

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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).

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