UC Berkeley study: Staggering 96% of California residential land zoned for single-family housing

BERKELEY, CA: A stunning 95.8 percent of all residential land in California is reserved for single-family housing, effectively barring denser housing options in those areas and creating an obstacle to racial and economic equality in the state, a new...

California renews adoption of OBI opportunity map

BERKELEY: The California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (CTCAC) has reapproved the use of an opportunity map developed by the Othering & Belonging Institute (OBI) and its partners, California Housing Partnership and the Terner Center for Housing...

Poll: Californians Want Curriculum on Native Peoples in Schools, Tuition Waivers for Native American Students

BERKELEY, CA – Even as the teaching of race and history has become an increasingly divisive issue nationally, there is near consensus among California voters that schools in the state should be required to adopt and teach curriculum on the history...

Hawaii, New Zealand retain top spots in OBI's inclusiveness rankings

BERKELEY: Hawaii kept its streak going by placing 1st for the sixth consecutive year as most inclusive state in the country, according to the latest Inclusiveness Index produced annually by the Othering & Belonging Institute. Maryland and Vermont...

New approaches needed to diversify campuses after Supreme Court ruling

The Othering & Belonging Institute is deeply disappointed with the US Supreme Court's ruling today curtailing the specific consideration of race in college admissions by private and public universities, but is confident that these institutions can...

Black Americans made big strides in education, voting since 1970

BERKELEY, CA: UC Berkeley's Othering & Belonging Institute on Wednesday released a sophisticated new tool that measures the progress and/or regress for Black Americans in recent decades in 15 areas, including in education, wealth accumulation...

Survey: African environmental groups working towards just transitions

BERKELEY, CA: The overwhelming majority of African climate, agri-food, and environmental organizations are working toward just transitions in Africa, and many are doing so through food systems transformation, a new study released by UC Berkeley's...

Poll: Fewer OC Residents Experience Belonging in Schools than in Other Public Places

Schools are the context where Orange County residents are least likely to experience a sense of belonging, according to a survey conducted prior to the 2022-23 academic year by the Othering and Belonging Institute at University of California, Berkeley (OBI) and Orange County Congregation Community Organization (OCCCO).

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...

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Depolarization Day

Want a chance to hear from experts studying the root of what’s driving us apart and how we come back together? Eager to build the skills to listen empathetically, elicit narratives of connection, and interview professionally? Looking for a chance...

Single-Family Zoning in California: A Statewide Analysis

This report is the final and culminating report of a six year investigation into the extent, correlates, and putative effects of single-family-only residential zoning in California.