Blog: A New Social Compact
Our society is undergoing a profound shift. In the aftermath of the 2016 election, many of our foundational values and assumptions about our democracy are being called into question. Our core institutions and norms are under attack and in need of...
Blog: We can’t meaningfully integrate schools without desegregating neighborhoods
December 15, 2016 By Richard Rothstein A bill introduced in the New York City Council proposes to establish “an office of school diversity within the human rights commission dedicated to studying the prevalence and causes of racial segregation in...
California: America’s egalitarian and inclusive refuge? Not so fast
December 14, 2016 The great state of California is known for many things: its sublime national parks, stunning beaches, Hollywood and Silicon Valley, world-class public universities and dominant professional sports teams. And as the greater portion...
What Ben Carson Should Learn about Housing Segregation
December 5, 2012 President-elect Donald Trump proposes to nominate Ben Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Mr. Carson has expressed opposition to the Obama administration’s new requirement that cities and suburbs...
Blog: The Global Heart of Darkness
November 29, 2016By Nadia BarhoumImage courtesy of Nadia Barhoum/AlJazeera[Image Description: Four refugees, including a mother holding a child, by the shore in Chios, Greece]I spent two weeks on Chios volunteering and working with refugees who...
Blog: Resistance and the Rebirth of Inclusion
My, our, disagreement with Trump is in fact rooted in his support for oppression against people that he and his supporters see as other, and against their denial for their humanity and their right to exist.
Blog: Sanitizing White Nationalism - The Invention of the Term “Alt-Right”
November 19, 2016 [Lead photo credit: Mathias Wasick, Creative Commons License via Flickr] Where did the term “Alt-right” come from and how did it get into popular use? It turns out “Alt-right” was a recent invention, poking its head into social...
Blog: The International Day of Tolerance
November 16 is International Day of Tolerance. On September 1, 1995 the Declaration of Principles and Follow-up Plan of Action for the United Nations Year of Tolerance urgently encouraged member states, “not to fail upon the intellectual and moral...
Season of the Demogouge
Americans head to the polls today in what is likely the most important and consequential election in more than a generation, and certainly the most fraught since 1968, which followed the assassinations of Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and...
Obama’s People and The African Americans: The Language of Othering
October 24, 2016 Names used to refer to the “Black” community have changed, and continue to change. I sometimes say I was born a colored boy, then I became a Negro, then Black, then African American, and still we are not done. To the list of...
Dear Donald: A Letter from Students Who Have Been Singled Out
October 18, 2016Dear Donald,The 2016 US Presidential Campaign has not only stirred the nation—it has also shaken the entire world. The unique and historic turn of events has changed the way we as a global community view politics. With developing...
On National Coming Out Day, I Celebrate My Birthday
I was born 28 years ago today in Houston, Texas. I am the youngest of three siblings to parents of Filipino descent. Also 28 years ago today, National Coming Out Day (NCOD) was established by Robert Eichsberg and Jean O’Leary to mark the anniversary...
Implicit Bias in the Presidential Debate
The presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Monday night was the most watchedpresidential debate in American history. Race was a prominent theme of the debate, as it has been the whole campaign. At one point, moderator Lester...
Towards A More Inclusive California: On Native Youth and Admissions to the UC System
September 21, 2016By Tomas WhiteAntelopeThe stark lack of Native student admissions to California’s best public universities concerns me on many levels, both as a former UC Berkeley student and now as a staff member at the campus. Yet it is because...
The Nauru Files: An Opportunity for Compassion
By: Dr Melanie Baak Convenor UniSA Refugee and Migration Research Network University of South Australia Melanie.Baak (at) unisa.edu.au The Nauru Files, comprising more than 2,000 leaked documents from inside the Australian offshore immigration...

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