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Alma Burke (she/her/hers)

USC/Department of Public Safety

I was born and raised in Santa Ana, California, first generation Latinx. My mom and dad were migrant workers, who fought for equality and a better life for me and my brothers. I am the first in my family to graduate from both undergrad and graduate studies. A proud USC Alum-Fight On!


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Juan De Lara (he/him/el)

American Studies and Ethnicity, Center for Latinx and Latin American Studies

Juan D. De Lara is the Director of the Latinx and Latin American Studies Center and an Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Dr. De Lara writes about social movements, Latinx geographies, the U.S./Mexico border, urban political economy, and the intersections of data, race, and social justice. He is from Coachella, CA and proudly comes from a family of migrant farmworkers.


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Manuel Pastor (he/him)

Sociology / Equity Research Institute

Dr. Manuel Pastor is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He currently directs the Equity Research Institute at USC. Pastor holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC. Pastor’s research has generally focused on issues of the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities – and the social movements seeking to change those realities. His book, State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Means for America’s Future, came out in 2018 and was lauded in a New York Times review as “concise, clear and convincing.” 2021 sees the publication of two new books, South Central Dreams: Finding Home and Building Community in South L.A. (co-authored with Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo) and Solidarity Economics: Why Mutuality and Movements Matter (co-authored with Chris Benner).


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Natalia Molina (she/her/hers)

Dornsife / Department of American Studies and Ethnicity

Natalia Molina is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity. She is the author of two award-winning books, How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts and Fit to Be Citizens?: Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1940, as well as co-editor of Relational Formations of Race: Theory, Method and Practice. Her work examines the interconnectedness of racial and ethnic communities through her concept of “racial scripts” which looks at how practices, customs, policies and laws that are directed at one group and are readily available and hence easily applied to other groups. She continues to explore the themes of race, space, labor, immigration, gender and urban history in her forthcoming book Place-making at the Nayarit: How a Mexican Restaurant in Los Angeles Nourished its Community (University of California Press, 2022). Professor Molina is working on a new book, The Silent Hands that Shaped the Huntington: A History of Its Mexican Workers.


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Oliver Mayer (he/him/his)

School of Dramatic Arts (THTR)

Oliver Mayer is a tenured professor of dramatic writing, associate dean of strategic initiatives and associate dean of faculty at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. He is a playwright, poet and librettist, whose new opera 3 Paderewskis, composed by Jenni Brandon, received its world premiere at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. Mayer is the author of more than 30 plays including Blade to the Heat. He also wrote the libretto for the opera America Tropical, composed by David Conte. Along with assorted publications, Mayer wrote the children’s books Big Dog on Campus Learns to be a Trojan, and its follow-ups Big Dog on Campus Goes to the Library and Big Dog on Campus Goes on Patrol. Mayer is also an published essayist and poet. On campus, he has received several university honors, including the USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching and a Mellon Mentoring Award for mentoring undergraduates. His writing has received various awards, including The American Prize for new opera.


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Adrian Huerta (he/him/his)

Rossier School of Education

Adrian H. Huerta is a tenure-track faculty member in the Pullias Center for Higher Education located in the Rossier School of Education. His research centers on boys and men of color, college access and (in)equity, and gang-associated individuals. He earned his Ph.D. in Education from UCLA in 2016.


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Naddia Palacios (she/her/hers)

Rossier School of Education

Dr. Naddia Palacios (she/her) serves as the Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Student Equity and Inclusion at the University of Southern California. In her role, Naddia oversees a cluster of student development centers and initiatives within the Division of Student Affairs that offer student support services and programs that focus on intersectionality, sense of belonging and well-being. SEIP consists of Asian Pacific American Student Services, Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs, First Generation Plus Success Center, Latinx/Chicanx Center for Advocacy and Student Affairs, LGBTQ+ Student Center, Student Basic Needs and the Veterans Resource Center. Additionally, Naddia has programmed and trained around issues of diversity, identity, social justice, sexual violence prevention and intervention. She earned a B.A in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University, a M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California and a Ed.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles.