Diversity, Equity & Social Justice

What’s Unique About the Afro-Latinx Experience?

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The dual marginalization of the Afro-Latinx community — economic inequality and the unequal distribution of resources — have shaped the experiences of many. In this conversation, scholars discuss the Afro-Latinx experience, the rise of Black-Brown community organizing and how communities are coming together to address common challenges and overcome systemic racism. Featuring Pedro Noguera, dean of the USC Rossier School of Education; Manuel Pastor, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity and director of the Equity Research Institute at USC Dornsife; and Yasmin Davidds, organizational psychologist and the founder and CEO of both the Multicultural Women’s Executive Leadership Foundation and the Dr. Yasmin Davidds Leadership Institute.

Who Will Benefit

– Those looking to learn what challenges the Afro-Latinx community is still facing today
– Educators and academic leaders who want to foster racial equity, diversity and inclusion within their organizations
– Those searching for advice on how to start conversations about race and racism in their own lives

About Our Featured Faculty

Pedro A. Noguera is the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops dean of the USC Rossier School of Education. A sociologist, Noguera’s research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts. He is the author, co-author and editor of 13 books. Prior to being appointed dean of the USC Rossier School of Education, Noguera served as a Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Before joining the faculty at UCLA, he served as a tenured professor and holder of endowed chairs at New York University (2004-2015), Harvard University (2000-2003) and the University of California, Berkeley (1990-2000).

Manuel Pastor is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He currently directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC and USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). 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. Pastor holds an economics PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC.

Yasmin Davidds is the founder and CEO of both the Latina Global Executive Leadership Institute (in partnership with USC Marshall School of Business) and the Women’s Institute of Negotiation, organizations dedicated to the teaching, instruction and development of negotiating skills and leadership competencies primarily focused on women in professional, academic and corporate settings. Davidds also sits on the board of the USC Latino Alumni Association. A graduate of USC Marshall with a degree in business entrepreneurship, Davidds went on to receive her master’s degree in women studies and her doctorate degree in organizational psychology.