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CASL’s Community Equity Research Center (CERC) promotes inclusion and community empowerment by using data to shape policy, advocacy, and education efforts. Rooted in the interconnectedness of social justice work, we seek to empower staff and community members to be equity-minded champions for change. CERC is dedicated to increasing representation for AANHPI communities at the local and national policy level and provides strategic, data-informed recommendations to ensure equitable outcomes. We provide our departments and programs with the education, information, and support they need to successfully serve our diverse clients and communities.

CERC also works collaboratively with CASL’s Center for Social Impact (CSI) to improve the well-being of our community and clients. We leverage CSI’s data and insights to encourage change through more impactful Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) strategies and advocate for laws and policies that address the community’s unique needs.

CERC is happy to provide you with engagement and support! Click on the button to submit a request form and let us know if you’re interested in hosting a speaker, training, workshop, or would like us to table at your event.

Addressing the needs of our AAPI communities

We are at a pivotal point in our nation’s history where the AANHPI population, which was the fastest growing racial or ethnic group in the US between 2000 and 2019, is expected to become the largest immigrant group in the country before the year 2055. At the same time, philanthropic giving from foundations to AANHPI-serving organizations represents only 20 cents for every 100 dollars spent. This disproportionate ratio underscores a critical lack of representation for AANHPI communities that widens existing gaps in access to education, social services, employment, and other essential needs. Additionally, there has historically been a systemic lack of recognition of the diverse needs, experiences, and histories of AANHPI communities. In order to move the needle forward on critical issues of representation, access, and policy, we need to amplify the diverse voices of AANHPI communities. The CERC is dedicated to building more equitable, inclusive, futures with and for our communities.

Hate is a reality in our society and, in response to the ubiquitous need for anti-hate action, CASL was selected by The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) to operate an Anti-Hate Action Center in Chicago. Our Anti-Hate Action Center focuses on protection, response, prevention, and the tracking of hate crimes. The Center works to ensure that victims of hate have access to comprehensive services, such as mental health support, and our staff partners with the community to fight back against injustice. Stay tuned for detailed information, reporting forms, hotlines, and more!

CERC Staff

Abbey Eusebio, Anti-Hate Action Center Manager, focuses on implementing the goals and objectives of the Anti-Hate Center, which include protection, response, prevention, and tracking of hate crimes. Ms. Eusebio is working to ensure that victims of hate have access to comprehensive services, such as mental health support, and she leads CASL’s efforts in partnering with the community to fight back against injustice.

Kevin Amaro, Community Engagement Specialist, facilitates the community engagement, education, and programmatic strategy, with a particular focus on building relationships with diverse values-aligned organizations, community partners, and service providers. In collaboration with the Anti-Hate Action Center Manager, Mr. Amaro supports the relationship efforts that guide the creation of CASL as an anti-hate hub, while strengthening our commitment to move the needle forward on social justice issues.

Abbey Eusebio

Anti-Hate Action Center Manager

Kevin Amaro

Community Engagement Specialist