The USC Institute for Addiction Science (IAS) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion mission is to create spaces, relationships, and initiatives where our faculty, staff and students can bring their whole selves. We center our efforts on members of historically marginalized groups and design initiatives that support recruitment, retention, a healthy internal culture, and engagement with the wider USC community and beyond.

We believe in creating and maintaining an inclusive environment for faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other stakeholders representing all backgrounds. Institutional inclusivity challenges systemic inequities and enables us to generate transformative knowledge.

Diversity of individual backgrounds and points of view are affirmed, respected, and celebrated at IAS. As an institute, we strive to learn from the history of social inequity  in  our country and to  hold  ourselves accountable.  We  seek  to  engage  in  authentic  communication  and  to initiate conversations  that  offer  diverse  perspectives  and  a  deepening  of  our  own  self-awareness. 


USC IAS believes that a diverse and inclusive community of students, staff, and faculty is necessary to address the problem of addiction. Our goal is to create a research institute that encompasses the full diversity of the population. A team diverse in thought and perspective is better equipped to meet challenges and engender solutions to the problem of addiction.

We recognize diversity in all its forms including race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, socioeconomic background, disability, body size, veteran status, etc.

USC  IAS’s  research  programs  are  uniquely  situated  at  the  heart  of  one of  the  most  diverse  cities in  the  world.   As  such,  we  prioritize  conducting  innovative  and   important   research   within  an inclusive  research   culture  that  is  reflective  of  our  community.

Education and Training

USC Institute for Addiction Science aims to recruit, retain, and increase the number of minoritized students enrolled in our programs. Our goal is to graduate culturally competent and socially aware addiction scientists who are prepared to practice in the community at large.

Current  research  shows  that  educational  quality  is  higher  in  culturally diverse  and  inclusive  learning environments.  Therefore, we invest in initiatives that will  recruit,  support, and  retain  students,  trainees, faculty,  and  staff  who are  reflective  of  the  community and the world that we serve.  We are committed to  educating  students  on  how  addiction  chemistries  within  a  complex  society  so  they  may  produce innovative  solutions  in  research  and  clinical  care.  Our  hope  is  that  our students  will  eliminate  social injustices  by  advocating  for  policies  and  legislation  that  dismantle  the systems  of  discrimination  and oppression  that  contribute  to  addictive  behaviors.

Community Engagement

IAS maintains a very active role in the community and has a well-documented history of developing and promoting programs to improve the health status of underrepresented minoritized groups. USC IAS partners with community organizations across Los Angeles that are diverse in race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, socioeconomic background, disability, body size, veteran status, and so on.

We are committed  to  disseminating research findings that  will  directly impact the communities most vulnerable  to  addiction.  Our  institute  seeks  to  further understand  the socio-political  causes  of addiction and use this knowledge  to  impact legislation and take tangible steps towards reform  in the community.   USC  IAS   is  committed  to  solving  the  problem  of  addiction  from  a  “cell-to-society” approach.  To  aid  in  this  effort,  IAS  has  developed  a  diverse  Community  Advisory  Board  that offers  feedback  on  our work and ensures  that  we  are  best  serving populations  of  greatest need.

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