March - April 2021
Dear Friends:

We're pleased to share a snapshot of our work from the previous monthsThe Neighborhood Data for Social Change (NDSC) platform is proud to launch the new Civic Support Enterprise. As part of this project, we will partner with Los Angeles County housing and community development organizations to provide pro bono data support services such as rapid response research, data analyses, and custom visualization development, helping social innovators better plan and implement programs, fundraise, and communicate the impact of their work. I encourage you to read more below.

As you read these updates and other items from this month's newsletter, I welcome your ideas for innovative approaches to tackling the complex issues of our time. I can be reached directly at gpainter@usc.edu if you would like to connect.

Best,
Gary Painter 
Director, USC Price Center for Social Innovation
Director, Homelessness Policy Research Institute
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TOP STORIES
Launching the Civic Support Enterprise
By the Neighborhood Data for Social Change
The Neighborhood Data for Social Change (NDSC) platform is proud to launch the new Civic Support Enterprise. As part of this project, we will partner with Los Angeles County housing and community development organizations to provide pro bono data support services such as rapid response research, data analyses, and custom visualization development, helping social innovators better plan and implement programs, fundraise, and communicate the impact of their work. 
Transformative Climate Communities Report: Prepared for the South Los Angeles
Climate Commons
Between August and November 2020, a research team from the USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation conducted data analyses across a variety of sources to support the work of the South LA Climate Commons. By analyzing key metrics within the Commons’ three identified thematic areas--Parks & Housing, Land Use & Jobs, and Air Quality, Transportation & Community Health--practitioners can better understand the complex interplay between housing, workforce and economic development, and the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by people traveling in and out of the Corridor to work. This has critical implications for responsive policymaking in this geography.

The report describes the geography and demographic overview of the study area, and key findings from each of the three thematic areas mentioned above. The report concludes by discussing challenges and opportunities that these data highlight.
RECENT EVENTS
Social Innovation Speaker Series
Lucian Lee
March 8, 2021
Matthew Grimes
March 31, 2021
Maria Ballesteros-Sola
April 13, 2021
Ruby Au
April 14, 2021
Alec Fraser
April 19, 2021
"A Woman's Place is in the Economic Recovery"
Hosted virtually on Thursday, March 4, 2021 with Christine M. Beckman, Senator Nancy Skinner, Dee Dee Myers, Odilia Romero, and Alex Cohen
The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, the Bedrosian Center on Governance, the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation, and the USC Schwarzenegger Institute came together to host a conversation around the disproportionate impacts women have faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and women’s critical role in the recovery process.

Panelist Christine Beckman, USC Price Family Chair in Social Innovation and Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, opened the event providing framework for the conversation. The discussion was moderated by Alex Cohen from Spectrum News 1 SoCal, and featured Senator Nancy Skinner of California’s 9th Senate District, Dee Dee Myers, Senior Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom and Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, and Odilia Romero, co-founder and Executive Director of Comunidades Indigenas en Liderazgo (CIELO).
USC DEI Week 2021
This year's USC's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Week, which discussed the theme "Diversity United: Race, Social Justice and the Future of American Equality," featured over 100 events focused on the goal of achieving social justice and racial equity in the USC community and in our larger society.
NDSC Criminal Justice
Data Initiative Year 1
Findings
March 8, 2021
Dr. Gary Painter, Elly Schoen, and Caroline Bhalla
DEI Governance and Policy Research – Tools for Racial Equity and Social Justice
March 11, 2021
Dr. Gary Painter and
Dr. LaVonna B. Lewis
NEW FROM NDSC
New Data Story: Addressing Long Commute Times along the Slauson Corridor
By: Mackenzie Goldberg
In 2018, the city of Los Angeles received a grant to develop a neighborhood-level climate resiliency plan for South Los Angeles. Working with community-based organizations and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency, the South Los Angeles Climate Commons Plan is intended to address climate change impacts and issues of environmental sustainability in conjunction with two large planning efforts in the area: the Slauson Corridor Transit Neighborhood Plan and Metro’s Rail-to-River Active Transportation Corridor project. In order to help inform responsive policy making in this geography, the South LA Climate Commons underwent a community engagement process to identify community priorities, one of which being the relationship between air quality, transportation and community health.
FACULTY CORNER
CHRISTINE M. BECKMAN
MEDIA MENTIONS:

Christine Beckman, Associate Director of the Price Center and Price Family Chair in Social Innovation, was featured in the following article:

"Why business leaders need to tackle the inequity of remote work": Beckman was quoted in a discussion regarding remote work during the pandemic. Read the article here.

PAST EVENTS:

In March, Beckman gave a talk about her book, Dreams of the Overworked: Living, Working, and Parenting in the Digital Age, at HEC Paris. Additionally, she shared a paper at the Edinburgh Paper Development Workshop.
ROBERTO SURO
MEDIA MENTIONS:

Roberto Suro, Associate Director of the Price Center, was featured in the following news segment in March and April:

"California Dreaming: Cultural diversity – one of the Golden State’s greatest assets": Suro provided insight on a discussion about California's diversity for ABC7 Los Angeles. View the discussion here.

"Which state is doing more for undocumented residents in COVID era? California or New York?": Suro discusses how the pandemic has brought greater recognition of immigrant workers. Read the article here.
MEDIA MENTIONS
In an effort to provide some badly needed affordable housing for LA, city is now offering pre-approved designs for granny flats
Written by: KNX 1070 Newsradio
94.7 The Wave
ONGOING AT THE PRICE CENTER
Our Commitment
TO ANTI-RACIST VALUES
In the wake of our nation’s call to dismantle systemic racism in our society, the Price Center is redoubling our commitment to embedding anti-racist values in all of the work that we do. Policy and systems change is necessary to address the deep-rooted structural inequities.
COVID-19
NDSC COVID-19 DATA MAP
Our map will help our community better understand where cases of COVID-19 exist within the county, as well as the underlying vulnerabilities faced by Los Angeles residents. It is updated daily with information from the LA County Department of Public Health.
UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS
NDSC Virtual Community Training on 5/19
NDSC Virtual Community Training on 6/16
For more information on events, please email Events & Administrative Coordinator
Stacia Fewox at stacia.fewox@usc.edu.
The USC Price Center for Social Innovation develops ideas and illuminates strategies to improve the quality of life for people in low-income urban communities.
 
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(213) 821-1761 or mgouldin@usc.edu

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