About Us

The Center for Education, Identity and Social Justice at the USC Rossier School of Education was launched on Feb. 1, 2017 by Professor Shafiqa Ahmadi and Professor Darnell Cole who serve as the co-directors. The mission of the Center is to inform law and policy that supports the intersection of identities and positively impacts education and society. In particular, our goal is to improve policy and professional practice by examining the intersection of identities such as religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and disability. We envision socially just and inclusive educational environments, where students are prepared to be civically engaged citizens.

The mission and vision of the Center is based on three key elements. All of the Center’s initiatives will include aspects of each key element:

  • Rigorous primary and secondary research
  • Policy, practice, curriculum development, and training informed by research
  • A commitment and engagement to social justice through activities and events.