People are increasingly familiar with redlining and gentrification as processes that produce racially unjust conditions in housing. But these on their own are not enough to understand the deeply rooted policies and practices of racial exclusion that make up the history of housing in the Bay Area and that continue to shape its current housing landscape. Part of addressing structural racism is understanding what caused it, as well as learning about how individuals and communities have resisted it and put forward alternatives. This work must also be grounded in radical imagination that illuminates future scenarios and solutions and engages in action that brings these visions to life. This project is an attempt to make more accessible these histories, processes, visions, and actions in the hopes that teaching and learning about them can lead to justice, needed repair, and belonging for all.

The curricular materials and resources on this page center on the issue of race and housing and were co-created by a cohort of teachers collaborating with the Othering and Belonging Institute and other researchers and practitioners. Resources on this page are interdisciplinary in nature and are rooted in social and racial justice education. On this webpage, you will find two types of resources: 1) K-12 curriculum and 2) presentations on race and housing. The K-12 curricular units were designed by Bay Area teachers and follow project-based learning principles. This curriculum features three units: one on Place & Identity, one on Afrofuturism, and one on Racial Capitalism. Each unit has a unit overview as well as student-facing materials. This curriculum can be used as is, or adapted for various grade levels and settings. The presentations on race and housing were developed by Othering and Belonging Institute staff and community partners for OBI's summer teacher fellowship.

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Place & Identity Unit
How does place shape identity? How do social systems shape us? What impact can we have on social systems? This unit invites students to make connections between various aspects of their identity, origins, and culture. They are asked to build upon...
Afrofuturism Unit
How can we envision our community as thriving in a future that embodies racial equity and belonging? How might the framework of Afrofuturism help us get there? This unit has elementary, middle, and high school students dive into histories of housing...
Racial Capitalism Unit
Students increasingly know about the history of redlining as a system of racial exclusion. But what role did capitalism play? And is it possible to have capitalism and not have racial exclusion? This four-lesson unit invites students to grapple with...
Arts-Based Research Methods for Housing Justice
What does art have to do with it? This powerpoint highlights arts-based research methods for housing justice, which brings together structural analyses, people's lived experiences, and the examination of existing campaigns and organizing work. It...
Roots, Race & Place: Pre-1970 Origins of Racial Exclusion and Dispossession in Bay Area Housing
In order to move forward, we need to understand our past. This powerpoint covers histories of racial exclusion and dispossession in Bay Area housing. It is based on the Othering & Belonging Institute's publication, Roots, Race & Place, and explicates...
Hello Housing: Housing Program Implementation 2021
This powerpoint details the work that the Bay Area-based organization Hello Housing has done focusing on increasing homeownership among communities of color to promote stability, center equity, and cultivate community. This powerpoint walks through...
Housing Justice: Visioning and Policy Tools for Transformative Change
How do we go from a vision to action? This presentation hones in on housing justice and policy solutions for the Bay Area's housing crisis. It examines the concept of belonging which would entail having the opportunity to participate in the design of...
Drivers of Racial Inequality in Housing: 1970s to Present
Redlining and housing discrimination outlawed over half a century ago baked racial disparities into our landscape, but today’s housing policies do little to reverse them, and in many instances continue to reinforce deep patterns of racial segregation...
Mapping and Storytelling of our Histories of Home
How do we understand our own histories of home? How do these histories intersect with other people's histories of home? What can our histories of home teach us about systems? This workshop invites participants to examine their personal histories and...
Mapping Opportunity and Segregation in California
Looking for interactive mapping tools that show the stark connection between segregation and opportunity in California neighborhoods? This powerpoint showcases a mapping tool developed by OBI that highlights opportunity disparities as it correlates...
Parent organizing, Housing as a Feminist issue, Pillars for reframing 5th grade history
How can the issue of race and housing be incorporated into an elementary school classroom and also used as an organizing tool with parents and community members? In this powerpoint, you will find sample flyers for parent meetings on the history of...
Steps for Writing a Policy: A story & an activity
Writing policy is writing the law. But what are the steps to writing policy? Can anyone write it? How does a new policy go from an idea to a law? This powerpoint showcases a story of tenants and a tenants' rights organization writing a rent control...
Race & Housing: Key Concepts and Frameworks
The intersection of race and housing can seem so multifaceted that it can be intimidating to analyze. Outlining key concepts and frameworks for examining housing as a racial justice issue, this powerpoint investigates the traces of the past today...
Glossary of Key Terms - Race & Housing
This glossary contains key terms related to race & housing and is a great document to start with and keep referring back to as you teach about race & housing. Terms featured include: othering, individual racism, institutional racism, structural...
Racial Capitalism and Racial Statistics
Using Cedric Robinson’s Black Marxism as a point of departure, this powerpoint explains the concept of racial capitalism which connects racism to financial markets and explains how race and profits are intricately intertwined. Additionally, the...
Cooperative Ownership of Real Estate
How can we transform housing systems so that people who have been left out are in roles of decision maker and owner? How do we actualize equitable solutions while still operating within a racialized housing system? Led by people of color, the East...
Race & Housing: Key Concepts and Frameworks (Short Version)
This presentation is a condensed version of the presentation key concepts and frameworks on race & housing. It covers the traces of the past today, and concludes with the 5Ps which is a framework used towards housing justice policy and reimagining...
Radical Imagination Exercise
How can we radically imagine a racially just future? Radical imagination has a key role to play in movements towards justice. This guided visualization takes students on a journey to a transformed future where housing justice has been won. The...
Introduction to Zoning
What does zoning have to do with race and housing? Everything. This powerpoint gives an introduction to the concept of zoning and how it operates in policy and practice. The slide deck covers the definition of zoning and goes into zoning's rationale...
Towards Housing Justice
A focus on resistance and organizing work is absolutely key for understanding people's agency and maintaining hope within the oppressive housing landscape. This powerpoint features a compilation of organizing work towards housing justice, including...
Housing Justice: Policy Tools for Transformative Change - the 5Ps
How do we go from a vision to action? With a focus on policy change, this powerpoint showcases a framework called "the 5Ps" which aims to create policies that will advance transformative change in housing. The powerpoint contains a discussion...
Multi-Genre Resource List
This google sheet lists resources related to race and housing. The resources are marked by genre, title, author, and include a short description as well as a link to the resource. Here you will find articles, short films, reports, infographics, and...
Lesson on Development without Displacement
What would it look like if marginalized neighborhoods were developed but their residents were not displaced? Right now, neighborhood development typically causes massive displacement and harm to already under-resourced communities, a process known as...
Presentation for teachers
What do teachers need to know about histories of housing injustice and how these impact the present? Designed to educate teachers, this powerpoint dives into the how and why of our current racialized housing geographies and discusses the fight for...
Student-Friendly Resource Bank on Race & Housing
This bank features student-friendly resources on race and housing. There are written texts, video clips, comic books, and other media/texts that pertain to this pressing issue. In this bank, you will find the resource's title, genre, a short...
United States History: Racial Exclusion & Housing Policy in an 11th grade classroom
What are ways to incorporate histories of racial exclusion in housing into the 11th grade History classroom? This powerpoint gives a brief overview of two units designed for 11th grade U.S. History on the topic of Racial Exclusion & Housing Policy...
Padlet: Teaching race & housing discussion forum
This padlet is a living document, a place for people to discuss and exchange on their experiences using the curriculum & resources for teaching about racial equity and housing justice.