Critical Race Training in Education

University of Southern California


Mailing Address
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, California 90089
(213) 740-2311
School Information
"The University of Southern California is a leading private research university located in Los Angeles — a global center for arts, technology and international business. It is home to the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and 21 exceptional academic schools and units. USC’s Health Sciences campus houses renowned specialized care and research in cancer, stem cell and regenerative medicine, orthopedics and sports medicine. The university is the largest private sector employer in the city of Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region." The university enrolls over 46,000 students, employs over 4,700 faculty, and offers academic programs through its 21 academic units. (Source: (Source:
General Information
USC has taken multiple steps to further its equity initiatives. In addition to hiring its first Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer, the university has also reiterated its bias reporting policies and launched a task force on "Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion". The university has also implemented mandatory unconscious bias training for students, staff, and faculty. See developments below:


  • Symbolic Actions

    USC’s first Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer (CIDO) takes office on March 1.

  • Resources

    "The USC Race and Equity Center will provide no-cost, multiyear professional learning experiences focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) for USC employees. Each month, the Center will offer live, synchronous sessions through a virtual platform, accommodating up to 10,000 employees at once. Within two hours, we will post videos from each live session to a password-protected website that will be permanently available to all USC employees. Readings and other resources will accompany the videos. The sessions in the first year will focus on aspects of racial equity."

  • Resources

    "We will use the highly-regarded quantitative National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates (NACCC), designed by the USC Race and Equity Center, to hear from all USC undergraduates this fall. Since our campus participated in the earliest pilot of the NACCC three years ago, it has developed, and has been used to survey over 500,000 students across the United States. In 2021, there will be racial climate surveys for all USC faculty and staff. We need to know how every racial/ethnic group uniquely experiences our campus climate."

  • Disciplinary Measures

    Students can report incidents of "any type of bias" to the Office of Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX.

  • Re-Imagining Policing

    The university has launched the "Community Advisory Board for the Department of Public Safety" which will examine possible bias training and accountability measures for campus police.

  • Symbolic Actions

    The university launched the "President’s and Provost’s Task Force on Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI)" which will "identify structural and institutional processes at USC that perpetuate racism and inequality in areas such as recruitment, retention, and experiences."

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    "Mandatory Unconscious Bias Training. As part of our efforts to educate the community about how to recognize and prevent implicit bias from affecting how we treat each other, online training modules for students, staff, and faculty will roll out in the fall semester to provide baseline education. These modules are being vetted and informed by students, faculty, and staff."

Last updated July 1st, 2021