Othering & Belonging Institute condemns brutal killing of Tyre Nichols

We at the Othering & Belonging Institute are anguished by the murder of Tyre Nichols by five police officers in Memphis. We condemn in the strongest terms the inhumane actions of those five officers. Tyre was a worker, a skateboarder, and an artist...

California adopts OBI's latest opportunity maps

BERKELEY: The California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (CTCAC) has reapproved the use of an opportunity map developed by the Othering & Belonging Institute (OBI) and partners. The adoption of the 2023 Opportunity Map marks the sixth consecutive...

Berkeley institute breaks down structural racism in visual explainer video

UC Berkeley's Othering & Belonging Institute on Monday released a new visual explainer video and teaching guide on structural racism which helps resolve confusion around some common terms and concepts. Designed primarily for high school educators...

Three-quarters of San Diego region zoned for single-family housing

Just over three-quarters (75.66 percent) of residential land in southern California's San Diego region is reserved for single-family housing, according to a study released Monday by UC Berkeley's Othering & Belonging Institute (OBI).

Respect for Marriage Act represents historic victory for civil rights

The recent passage by the US Congress of the The Respect for Marriage Act, which enshrines into law the rights of LGBTQ and interracial couples to marry, represents a historic milestone in the ongoing fight for civil rights in this country. It of...

San José Directs Affordable Housing Programs to Address Segregation and Unequal Access to High Opportunity Areas

On December 6th, the City Council of San José, CA, adopted a policy to address persistent patterns of segregation and unequal access to neighborhoods where residents experience better life outcomes. The new policy will place more affordable housing...

Hawaii again leads as most inclusive state; New Zealand tops global rankings

For immediate release BERKELEY: Hawaii ranked as the most inclusive state in the country for the fifth straight year, according to the latest study from UC Berkeley's Othering & Belonging Institute released Thursday, followed by Nevada and Maryland...

Exclusionary zoning covers 77 percent of Sacramento region

Seventy-seven percent of residential land in northern California's Sacramento region is reserved for single-family housing, according to this new study.

Reproductive rights crucial for belonging

The Othering & Belonging Institute is deeply disappointed in last week's Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, which we view as a step backwards not just in the fight for women's rights, but for all groups vying for equality.

Study: Hawaii most inclusive state for 4th straight year; Sweden tops global rankings

BERKELEY: Hawaii is the most inclusive state in the country, a new study from UC Berkeley's Othering & Belonging Institute finds, followed by Nevada and Rhode Island. The rankings for 2021, released Tuesday, gave Hawaii the top spot for the fourth...

Berkeley study: 78 percent of LA region residential land zoned for exclusionary housing

Single-family housing dominates residential zoning in six-county LA region, producing unequal health, educational and income outcomes, and creating opportunity barriers for low-income, Black and Latino residents. BERKELEY: More than three-quarters...

Black-Brown Solidarity Has Strong Foundations in Inland Empire, especially among Black and Latina Women

Read this Press Release in Spanish Negative Cross-Group Attitudes are Limited, and Rooted More in Stereotypes and Hearsay than Adverse Interactions BERKELEY: There is a common assumption in the United States that where Black and Latino communities...

Report: Skewed district lines—not vote margins—gave Republican state legislators the unchecked majorities they’re now using to attack future elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New voting restrictions and gerrymanders in swing states are built on foundations of disproportional representation BERKELEY: A new analysis of 2020 election results shows that district lines dramatically inflated the Republican...

California renews use of affordable housing site maps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BERKELEY: For the fifth consecutive year, a California state agency has approved the use of an opportunity map developed by the Othering & Belonging Institute and partners designed to guide the siting of affordable housing using...

Press Release: Oakland home to Bay Area's most segregated neighborhoods

BERKELEY, CA: Six of the 10 most segregated Black neighborhoods in the Bay Area, and half of the region's top 10 most segregated Latino neighborhoods, are located in Oakland, a new analysis from UC Berkeley's Othering & Belonging Institute (OBI)...

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Black Lives Matter, A Year After Ferguson (featuring john a. powell)

Director john a. powell is featured in this video produced by AJ+ one year after Michael Brown's killing in Ferguson, Missouri.
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A New Theory of the Self

Animated Explainer Video Series

Our animated explainer videos break down some of the key principles that guide our work at the Othering & Belonging Institute. Follow the links below to view the videos, to read transcripts of the audio, and to learn more about each concept.