!! Statement on Travel Ban !!

On behalf of the Critical Mixed Race Studies Association board, we write to tell the CMRS community that WE CONDEMN the recent Executive Order that limits entry into the United States for citizens, travelers, and refugees from seven countries, including Green Card holders, dual citizens, and those already approved for travel.

 If you are unable to travel, or fearful of traveling, to Los Angeles from outside the US, please contact us at should you need other arrangements to present your work. The conference will continue as scheduled and will be a vital space to engage in critical dialogue.

Additional resources for international scholars can be found through our host USC

USC is working with their governmental relations team and with their peer universities through the Association of American Universities and other associations to monitor this fluid situation and to better understand steps they might take to best serve our international community. See:

The Association of American Universities statement on the recent executive order 

USC’s previous statement about immigration and support for our international community


We have organized a special room rate for CMRS conference attendees at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Downtown (120 South Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012). To book a reservation at the preferred rate, visit the personalized link or call 1-855-288-0325 (use group code “SHN” or ask for the “USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture room block”). The special room rate (from $179 for king bed/from $189 for 2 queen beds) will be available until February 2nd or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

The Millennium Biltmore LA and Westin Bonaventure
CMRS guests should say they are with USC to get the preferred USC rate est. $160-200/night

Other accommodations nearby USC include:
The Vagabond Inn USC
CMRS2017 Additional Hotels


Main Conference Building:  USC Ronald Tutor Campus Center, 3607 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089. View the map.
Transportation to USC Campus.
Link to an interactive USC campus map.
LAX ground transportation guidelines.

Restaurants and Attractions

Restaurants and Attractions PDF