CSII Allies and Resources
The Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (APALC) is the nation's largest legal organization serving the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities. Founded in 1983, APALC is a unique organization that combines traditional legal services with civil rights advocacy and leadership development. The mission of APALC is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Pacific Americans and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.
The California Community Foundation envisions a Los Angeles County made up of safe, thriving and diverse communities. By 2015, the foundation will strive to address some of the core concerns — decent, safe affordable housing, accessible health care, quality education and enhanced human development opportunities, including arts and culture — that are critical to quality of life in Los Angeles. It will do so by creating holistic approaches, leveraging its resources, developing collaborative partnerships and increasing donor engagement.
CHIRLA was formed in 1986 to advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles; promote harmonious multi-ethnic and multi-racial human relations; and through coalition-building, advocacy, community education and organizing, empower immigrants and their allies to build a more just society.
The mission of the Center for Community Change is to build the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to change their communities and public policies for the better.
The Center for Community Change strengthens, connects and mobilizes grassroots groups to enhance their leadership, voice and power. We believe that vibrant community-based organizations, led by the people most affected by social and economic injustice, are key to putting an end to the failed "on your own" mentality of the right and building a new politics based on community values.
Founded in 1968 to honor the life and values of Robert F. Kennedy, the Center is one of the longest-standing champions for low-income people and communities of color. Together, our expert staff and dynamic partners confront the vital issues of today and build the social movements of tomorrow.
The Center for Urban Education (CUE) at the University of Southern California (USC) leads socially conscious research and develops tools needed for institutions of higher education to produce equity in student outcomes. CUE’s research team pioneered a multi-disciplined inquiry approach that is helping higher education institutions across the country become more accountable to students from underserved racial and ethnic communities.
The Center for Community Health Studies is a multi-disciplinary research team at the University of Southern California (USC) whose mission is to develop and disseminate information that contributes to improving the health of communities and reducing disparities in health care coverage and services. By using community-based research, the Center aims to understand the impact of health care programs, organizations, and policies on the health of individuals and communities. They provide program evaluations, policy analysis, health service research, and training for future researchers.
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. In partnership with its member organizations, ICIRR educates and organizes immigrant and refugee communities to assert their rights; promotes citizenship and civic participation; monitors, analyzes, and advocates on immigrant-related issues; and, informs the general public about the contributions of immigrants and refugees.
MPI is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide.
This research unit of the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California supports research activities on the population sector that is the subject of public, private, and nonprofit policies aimed at improving the human condition in urban areas. Research areas include immigration, racial change, tobacco use and health, education, housing, transportation, census data, and alternative forecasts for planning. As shown below, understanding population detail is central for many service areas.
Established in 2007, the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) is a research unit headed by Professor Manuel Pastor and situated within the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences.
PERE conducts research and facilitates discussions on issues of environmental justice, regional inclusion, and immigrant integration. PERE’s work is rooted in the new three R’s: rigor, relevance, and reach. We conduct high-quality research in our focus areas that is relevant to public policy concerns and that reaches to those directly affected communities that most need to be engaged in the discussion. In general, we seek and support direct collaborations with community-based organizations in research and other activities, trying to forge a new model of how university and community can work together for the common good.
Founded in 1985, the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI) at USC advances informed policy on key issues affecting Latino communities through objective and timely research contributing to the betterment of the nation. The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI), a freestanding, nonprofit, policy research organization, helps shape public policy by providing elected officials and community leaders with non-partisan research. The Institute has published 200 research reports and policy briefs addressing a wide range of topics – from immigration and education to technology and employment.