Established in 2007, the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)is a research unit situated within the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences.
PERE conducts research and facilitates discussions on issues of environmental justice, regional inclusion, and social movement building. PERE’s work is rooted in the new three R’s: rigor, relevance, and reach. We conduct high-quality research in our focus areas that is relevant to public policy concerns and that reaches to those directly affected communities that most need to be engaged in the discussion.
The Everett Program is a undergraduate student-led technology and social justice center at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Everett uses the technical, educational, and research resources of the University to work directly with communities, empowering people to apply social and business entrepreneurship to develop practical solutions to persistent problems. Many organizations promote social change through social critique. Everett's aim is to pursue social change through proactive solutions that make an immediate and enduring impact.
This website is meant to use modern, accessible technologies and use them in the movement for progressive change. The synergy between social research, story telling, and information technology is crucial to this movement and the Everett Program specializes in this space. For this reason Everett was tapped to create changingstates.org.