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)...
Report: Renters in Inland Empire just as vulnerable as in L.A.
The Inland Empire region to which residents once fled for relief from Los Angeles’s soaring housing costs is now just as likely to stretch renters to the brink, according to a new report released by the Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley (OBI).
Survey: Women bear the brunt of Islamophobia
More than two-thirds of US Muslims report having experienced Islamophobia in their lifetimes, with women being significantly more likely than men to say so, a new survey released Wednesday by UC Berkeley's Othering & Belonging Institute reveals.
Berkeley researchers call for expanding food stamp eligibility in new report
Researchers from UC Berkeley are calling for an overhaul of the federal food stamps program that would remove barriers preventing millions of people from accessing live-saving benefits.
Press Release: Most metros in the US have become more segregated since 1990
More than 80 percent of metropolitan regions in the United States have become more segregated in recent decades despite policy efforts aimed at promoting integration, with the most highly segregated areas located in midwestern and mid atlantic states.
OBI scholar Jovan Scott Lewis appointed to CA taskforce on reparations
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Friday that Jovan Scott Lewis, an associate professor of Geography and Othering & Belonging Institute-affiliated faculty member, has been appointed to the state's first taskforce created to study reparations for slavery.
Study: Vermont ranks best in Covid-19 response. Globally, US ranks near bottom
Vermont, Alaska, and Maine were the three most effective states in responding to the coronavirus pandemic last year, a new analysis by UC Berkeley's Othering & Belonging Institute has found.
Poll: Anti-maskers small minority of Inland Empire voters
Greater than 4 in 5 Inland Empire voters support requiring people to wear face coverings or masks inside public spaces, and 86 percent consider it important that local public officials wear masks, a new poll of California voters finds.
New Research Exposes the Enduring Legacy of Plessy v. Ferguson and ‘Separate but Equal’ 125 Years Later
With implications for Biden administration’s efforts to address systemic racism, the studies examine and propose solutions to address racial inequities in American education, housing and rule of law.
Muslim Ban rescinded, but other Islamophobic laws remain
The Othering & Belonging Institute welcomes President Biden's rescission of the infamous Muslim Ban, but urges that much more be done to reverse the proliferation of anti-Muslim policies at the federal and state levels over the past two decades.

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