Immigrants and Global Migration Initiative (IGMI)

The University of Southern California created the Immigrants and Global Migration Initiative (IGMI) to engage the USC community in advancing the existing work taking place on USC’s campuses.

One of the goals of IGMI is to leverage the existing projects and initiatives on both the University Park Campus and Health Sciences Campus and establish an institution that fosters a community of thought and a platform for discussion.

Furthermore, IGMI will cultivate a scholarly environment that will strengthen the institution’s opportunities for research and policy work regarding immigration and immigrant integration. The initiative, through existing projects on campus, will also provide direct services to immigrant communities and neighbors of the university’s campuses.

As a result, USC students and staff, and members of the community will directly benefit from the research, policy advocacy, and direct services provided.

Ultimately, IGMI strives to become the premier location in the nation for intellectual discussion, debate, and insight with regards to immigration, migration, and immigrant populations.


  • to promote the study of issues related to immigration, migration, and immigrant populations;
  • to advance sound policy prescriptions on the subject;
  • to provide direct service to immigrant populations in Los Angeles and beyond;
  • to contribute to the teaching mission of USC.

Deans Steering Committee

Andrew Guzman, Chair
Dean, Gould School of Law

Elizabeth Daley
Dean, School of Cinematic Arts

Karen Symms Gallagher
Dean, Rossier School of Education

Vassilios Papadopoulos
Dean, School of Pharmacy