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: 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. Within the contextual framing of...
New Research on Patterns in Racial Residential Segregation and the Roots of Structural Racism
On Sept 23rd, OBI Assistant Director Stephen Menendian presented to the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH) in a special workshop on why segregation persists and the relation of race and affordable housing in California.
Video: Building Belonging in a Time of Othering
The Monterey Public Library (California's first public library founded in 1849) is one of 36 libraries to receive a grant to participate in Book to Action - an opportunity to read, discuss, and act on a select book that's relevant to their community...
Reimagine Education for All: Equity and Targeted Universalism
Children, family, and situation differ not just at the individual level but also at the group level similarly to race, class, ability and other important indicators.
Polarization and Preconditions: Bridging Across Identities for a Society of Belonging
In Professor john a. powell's keynote, he emphasizes how polarization has led to significant upheaval in our democracy and how pledging, rather than simple monetary generosity, will begin bridging towards solutions.
Racial Residential Segregation and Racial Gerrymandering: An Overlooked Nexus
On April 3, 2021, Assistant Director Stephen Menendian presented on the relationship between fair housing and voting rights on a panel at a fair housing conference organized by the Fair Housing Council of San Diego.
Stephen Menendian presents at the 2021 MLI Symposium Housing and Land Use Equity
On March 5th, 2021, Assistant Director Stephen Menendian presented on the topic of structural racism and its expressions in the San Francisco Bay Area for the Berkeley Law school's Municipal Law Institute's 2021 symposium "Converging Emergencies."
Video: Stephen Menendian presentation at the California League of Cities
Assistant Director Stephen Menendian presented the Institute's research on racial demographic change and land use in the San Francisco Bay Area for the North Bay Division of the California League of Cities.
Interfaith Leadership Council: Divine Belonging in a Divided World
On February 22, Dr. powell gave a keynote talk at the Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit.
Video: Land Use Policy and Structural Racism
On February 18, 2021, Assistant Director Stephen Menendian presented the Institute's latest research findings on the exclusionary effects of restrictive zoning, a summary of prior research, and it's relationship to structural racism to the Sacramento Council of Governments.

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