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 AAPI 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.

The CERC 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 DEIA strategies and advocate for laws and policies that address the community’s unique needs.

Addressing the needs of our AAPI communities

We are at a pivotal point in our nation’s history where the AAPI 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 AAPI-serving organizations represents only 20 cents for every 100 dollars spent. This disproportionate ratio underscores a critical lack of representation for AAPI 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 AAPI communities. In order to move the needle forward on critical issues of representation, access, and policy, we need to amplify the diverse voices of AAPI 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

Dr. Elizabeth Stigler, Director of the Community Equity Research Center, leads the development and implementation of CASL’s formal DEIA efforts, oversees the development of innovative community-centered policy and programming initiatives that measurably advance social change, and helps identify opportunities for driving individual and community empowerment and mobilization.

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.

Elizabeth J. Stigler, Ph.D.


Abbey Eusebio

Anti-Hate Action Center Manager