New research center will tackle diversity, social justice issues

Shafiqa Ahmadi and Darnell Cole will begin work with survey of Muslim experiences

The USC Rossier School of Education is opening a new research center dedicated to issues of social justice.

The Center for Education, Identity and Social Justice, or CEISJ, is the brainchild of Associate Professor of Clinical Education Shafiqa Ahmadi and Associate Professor Darnell Cole, who will serve as the center’s co-directors.

The mission of the new center will be to study situations in education involving the cross-section of core identities such as race, gender, religion and culture—often referred to as intersectionality—with the goal of improving the strategies and tools that schools and educators use to address related problems and ensure success for all students.