21st Century Racial Residential Segregation in the US
On April 21 Equity Metrics Director Samir Gambhir gave an overview of his program's research on racial residential segregation in the United States as part of the University of California Office of the President's Confronting Racism speaker series...
Racial Disparities in Home Ownership
On February 15, 2022, Assistant Director Stephen Menendian testified before the California State Assembly's housing and community development committee and budget committee in a joint hearing on homeownership. Stephen presented data on current...
Racial Hierarchy in America
On February 14, 2022, Director john a. powell presented to the Office of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on the topic of racial hierarchy in the United States. powell first discussed the history of human and racial hierarchy and how implicit...
Unpacking the Housing Crisis
More than any time since the Great Recession, policymakers at every level are focused on the deepening problem of housing inequity and the many facets of this problem. Unfortunately, the challenges relating to housing are so many, so great, and so...
School Segregation and Educational Equity in San Francisco
Assistant Director Stephen Menendian presented in a panel organized on Jan. 13, 2022 by the SF Ed Fund on the dire state of public education in San Francisco. Stephen highlighted the high levels of student poverty and racial and economic segregation...
john a. powell discusses challenges of housing equity
As part of a Dec. 9 panel focused on Fair Housing for SCANPH, Director john powell presented research and insights on the challenges of housing equity, reflecting years of accumulated experience navigating this tricky issue.
Bridging to Belonging: understanding power and creating connections
Director john a. powell gave a presentation on Dec. 8 before the Institute for Nonprofit Practice focusing on strategies to foster belonging, particularly in non-profit organizations. His remarks emphasized the critical role of leaders in lifting up...
A Bridge to Belonging: The Practice of Beloved Community
Director john a. powell spoke at Thrive's event, "A Bridge to Belonging: The Practice of Beloved Community," on Dec. 5 about how bridging and belonging are integral to spirituality and the Beloved Community.
Bridging to Belonging: Understanding Power and Creating Connections
This keynote presentation by OBI director john a. powell on Nov. 9, 2021 focused on how creating transformational bridges and rebalancing power dynamics can foster belonging in our society. Specifically, it explored the role of philanthropic...
Video: History and Contemporary Legacy of Housing Discrimination and Segregation
On October 12, Assistant Director Stephen Menendian presented to the California Reparations Task Force on the history and contemporary legacy of housing discrimination and segregation in terms of life outcomes, homeownership disparities and the...
Video: Building Bridges & Belonging Through Communications
On October 8, 2021, OBI Director john a. powell sat down with Dr. Carmen Rojas from the Marguerite Casey Foundation for a conversation for the ComNetworkV21 Conference. They discussed how nonprofit leaders, communicators, and storytellers can...
Strengthening the protection of minority groups
On Oct. 4, 2021 OBI director john a. powell gave an overview of the mechanism of othering and belonging and the concept of targeted universalism. Professor powell defines ‘othering’ and ‘belonging’ as well as the mechanism to each as it relates to...
Stephen Menendian Speaks at SHA 7th Annual Summit Day 1
Stephen Menendian was the keynote speaker at the 7th annual Sacramento Housing Alliance conference on September 29th, 2021, and presented on fair housing, racial inequality, and land use reform.
INET Climate Justice Conference: Just Transition and the Transition to Justice
On September 28 2021, OBI director john a. powell moderated a discussion with Johanna Chao Kreilick, who is the president of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Ashindi Maxton, the co-founder and executive director of Donors of Color Network, on...
john a. powell addresses California task force on reparations
On September 24, 2021, Director john a. powell presented testimony on reparations and political participation to the state of California’s Task Force to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African-Americans (his presentation begins at 1:04:16...

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