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Paris Viloria (she/her) is a Project Assistant with the USC Equity Research Institute. She is driven toward collaborative work that helps empower marginalized communities to shape the future of their neighborhoods.
Growing up in a primarily low-income and renter-dominant area in Central Los Angeles, Paris became passionate about tackling socioeconomic inequality, specifically neighborhood effects, community disadvantage, educational access, and housing. This led to analyzing housing financialization and its amplification of urban and racial inequalities as a research assistant at the University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Political Economy and minor in Public Policy.
Prior to joining ERI, Paris connected immigrants and refugees to employment, educational, and pro-bono opportunities, and formed partnerships with local organizations to provide free devices for clients who faced digital barriers during the pandemic at a community action charity. She interned as a program assistant in a local government office to advance youth programming focused on the Community Schools Initiative to comprehensively and collaboratively address the needs of students. Additionally, she volunteered for several nonprofits to advocate for economic, digital, and climate justice.
In her spare time, Paris enjoys spending time with family and friends, thrifting, community organizing, and pursuing artistic endeavors. Outside of ERI, you may find her digging through record stores or trying out different cafes.