At the heart of the Othering & Belonging Institute are seven clusters of teaching and research that focus on addressing society’s most pressing and pivotal issues related to vulnerable and marginalized populations.
As part of the UC Berkeley Initiative for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity funded by the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund in 2010, the Othering & Belonging Institute draws upon Berkeley’s considerable multidisciplinary research excellence and history of engaged scholarship. The Othering & Belonging Institute creates coherence among faculty clusters and provides leadership on policy and the formation of structures, while endowed cluster chairs lead faculty members in aligning areas of research to work on the game-changing issues that emerge. The Institute’s seven research clusters involve almost 100 researchers from across the University of California system. At its core are eight endowed chairs focused on equity and inclusion — a force that is unprecedented at Berkeley, and unparalleled in the nation.