University of Southern California


Diversity-Related Research Centers

The University of Southern California is home to research centers and institutes spanning the arts and humanities, social and natural sciences, as well as engineering and technology. These centers and institutes are the locus of research for collaborative groups of investigators pushing the frontiers of knowledge forward. The various schools of USC also host a broad array of individual faculty members’ labs and research units.

See our USC research centers focused on diversity-related research below. For more centers click here.

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Alzheimer Disease Research Center

ADRC is supported by the NIH to conduct research on memory problems and aging. Our studies include following participants over time while examining changes that may occur with age, as well as therapy studies such as exercise training, medications and vaccines. Our goals are to understand the biological changes that may precede worsening memory and whether new treatments or drugs may prevent memory or improve memory loss.

Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute

USC ATRI is an academic organization leading a consortium dedicated to the acceleration of therapeutic interventions for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). We are collectively committed to developing new models of AD to test, characterize biomarkers and develop and minimize variability through enhanced quality control of outcome measures by applying novel analytic methods and enact highly innovative regulatory pathways.

Annenberg Inclusion Initiative

AII is a leading think tank studying diversity and inclusion in entertainment through original research and sponsored projects. Beyond research, AII develops targeted, research-based solutions to tackle inequality by focusing on three major areas: using research to offer insight, advocating for marginalized groups and facilitating social change.

Center for Economic and Social Research

CESR is dedicated to discovering how people around the globe live, think, interact, age, invest, and make important, life-changing decisions. Our in-depth research and analysis are deepening the understanding of human behavior in a wide range of economic and social contexts. Our ultimate goal: to improve social welfare by informing and influencing decision-making in the public and private sectors.

Center for Education, Identity and Social Justice

The Center is interested in eradicating all forms of discrimination based on the intersection of an individual’s identities including religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and disability. Using rigorous research and legal analysis, we empower educators to utilize laws and policies in order to identify and extricate bias and unequal distributions of power within educational institutions.

Center for Urban Education

Since its founding in 1999, CUE has worked to bring equity-mindedness to institutions of higher education through socially conscious research, tools and learning institutes. CUE empowers practitioners to act as agents of change, enabling them to be critically race conscious as they respond to changing demographics in our educational systems.

Center on Biodemography and Population Health

CBPH is one of 14 different centers in the Demography and Economics of Aging Centers Program sponsored by the National Institute on Aging. The primary purpose of the CBPH is to provide a synergistic research environment for the integration and translation of research findings from a variety of disciplines to understand population health.

Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging

The USC Roybal Institute builds upon USC’s longstanding tradition of creating socially relevant research, innovating educational practices, influencing policy making, fostering community-university partnerships and sharing best practices with direct service providers. It maintains a strong interdisciplinary focus, with collaborations among faculty and professionals in many fields.

Equity Research Institute

ERI (a merger of the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration) uses data and analysis to contribute to a more powerful, well-resourced, intersectional, and intersectoral movement for equity. ERI produces data-driven analysis and rigorous research, leads convenings, engages strategic collaborations, and models effective, sustainable, racially-just research center.

Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg

IDEA furthers the USC Annenberg legacy of diversity and empowerment studies by framing an impressive cohort of acclaimed scholars, leading research, compelling courses, and impactful programs that allow students to examine the vast complexities of diversity, identity, and culture – across both the School of Communication and School of Journalism.

Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research

IPR is dedicated to the advancement of interdisciplinary research and education to improve the health and well-being of society. It maintains the longest running National Cancer Institute T32 research training program. Overall, they are a thriving, dynamic institute that has made significant strides toward promoting health and preventing disease in the population and expects to continue advancing the field in future years.

Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics

The Schaeffer Center’s vision is to be the premier research and educational institution recognized for innovative, independent research that makes significant contributions to policy and health improvement. Their mission is to measurably increase value in health through evidence-based policy solutions, research excellence, transformative education, and private and public-sector engagement.

Maternal And Developmental Risks from Environmental and Social stressors (MADRES) Center for Environmental Health Disparities

The Maternal And Developmental Risks from Environmental and Social Stressors Center aims to understand the impact of environmental exposures and social stressors on the health of mothers and their children, and particularly how these exposures contribute to health disparities.

Minority Aging and Health Economics Research Center

The Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center was established through funding from the NIH to increase the number, diversity and academic success of junior faculty focusing their research on the health and economic wellbeing of minority elderly populations.

Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

The mission of the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation is to develop ideas and illuminate strategies to improve the quality of life for people in low-income urban communities. Together with the Price School, the center works to advance new models of equity and opportunity for low-income children and families, as well as advance the field of social innovation.

Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute

SC CTSI is a multifaceted resource for clinical and community-partnered translational research in Los Angeles. They support researchers who face special challenges above and beyond traditional research hurdles. The challenges are opportunities to make research with diverse populations easier and more beneficial for communities.

Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center

SCEHSC is a NIEHS-funded center which works to reduce the burden of adverse effects from the environment by rapid identification and better characterization of environmental threats to public health through increased understanding of the basis for environmental diseases and personal susceptibility and by active engagement with communities and policymakers.

The Saban Research Institute

The Saban Research Institute comprises basic, translational and clinical research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. As the largest child health care setting in Los Angeles, CHLA is home to a multinational population of patients who have extraordinarily diverse genetic, environmental, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and equally diverse medical illnesses.

Tomás Rivera Policy Institute

TRPI works to address the challenges and opportunities of demographic diversity in the 21st century global city. As part of the Price Center for Social Innovation, TRPI produces original research and policy solutions in areas such as Latinos and criminal justice system, civic engagement among immigrant-serving organizations, and more.

USC Center for Diversity and Democracy

CDD focuses on research that stresses imagining a future for Los Angeles and other global metropolitan areas of racial equity and social justice, empowering various communities to come together and work in harmony. This research may explore the past, present, or future of these regions, as well as comparisons across national and continental boundaries.

USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health

At the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health, leaders work across disciplines to address the disparities, inequalities and broad determinants of health that impact our world. The institute aims to address those issues that are too complex to have a natural home with any single researcher, department or school.

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

The Cancer Center scientists work toward a complete understanding of the most fundamental aspects of cancer. They study the abnormal cell growth characteristics of cancer to determine what goes wrong and how the process can be altered, then work to quickly translate those findings into treatment and prevention strategies.

USC Race and Equity Center

The USC Race and Equity Center unites more than 100 professors across academic schools at USC who are experts on race and racism, people of color, immigration, and other important dimensions of equity. These scholars work together on research, as well as on the development of useful tools and resources.