Redefining Who Belongs
Recent acute instances of failed political leadership—particularly around the pandemic and an ongoing lack of action to protect Black lives—have shone a bright light on questions essential to our future as a country: Who are we? Who are we becoming? Who must we become if we are to create a different world where everyone belongs?
Roots of Structural Racism
Introduction In June of this year, we published the “Roots of Structural Racism” project examining the persistence and harmful effects of racial residential segregation in the United States from a number of angles. We examined trends, ranked cities...
Updating Our Segregation Research for the 2020 Census
As part of our ongoing research into racial residential segregation, we offer two new reports based on the latest demographic data of the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally using the recently-released 2020 Census. We've also significantly revamped our interactive web tool.
The Most Segregated Cities and Neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area
Introduction From 2018 to 2020, we undertook a five-part investigation of racial residential segregation in the San Francisco Bay Area. We studied the nature and extent of racial residential segregation, demographic change, and harmful effects, using...
Housing Affordability in the Wake of COVID-19
This paper begins by describing current housing affordability dynamics across Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. Although rent burden metrics help identify households vulnerable to instability, it is the underlying housing and work conditions that...
Islamophobia Through the Eyes of Muslims
The Othering & Belonging Institute developed and administered this national survey between October 14 and November 2, 2020, among the US Muslim population (citizens and noncitizen residents who live and/or work in the US) to understand the prevalence...
Fighting Poverty with SNAP
This report accounts for the value of SNAP in helping low-income individuals and families acquire food, particularly during times of economic hardship.
Policing Students Online: The Increasing Threat of School-Sanctioned Digital Surveillance
School closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic created yet another opportunity for the surveillance industry to profit off of a national crisis and exacerbate harm to already marginalized students.
Leaving Surveillance Tech Behind in Higher Education: Towards Trust and Abolition
Just a few years ago, using software for remote test proctoring was rare, but since COVID-19 forced most schools to move online, remote test-proctoring software is now used by millions of students every month.
Technology and the COVID-19 Era
This report provides an overview of the current public conversation as it relates to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and algorithm-based artificial intelligence used in three interrelated domains that impact public health and social equity: the use of automated decision systems, surveillance, and social media.
The Roots of Structural Racism Project
The Roots of Structural Racism Project was unveiled in June 2021 after several years of investigating the persistence of racial residential segregation across the United States.
Decoding Zoning
As part of our racial segregation report series, we mapped exclusionary zoning, analyzed its association with racial segregation in the Bay Area, and offered recommendations for exclusionary zoning reform.
Othering & Belonging Institute's 2020 Annual Report
We are proud to release our 2020 Annual Report documenting OBI's key research work, public events, and major activities over the past year.
Voters Rising Up
This report reviews the central work of the newly founded Rise Up for Justice Narrative Hub. The Hub brought together researchers, strategists, creatives, and digital communication specialists to support the civic participation of underrepresented groups and engage some of the leading Black- and Latinx-led power building organizations across the country.
2020 Inclusiveness Index
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.

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#OBIRoots Conversation on Racial Segregation in the Bay Area and the 2020 Census
Join us Monday, Oct. 25 at 7pm PT / 10pm ET to hear from OBI researchers Stephen Menendian and Samir Gambhir as well as housing advocate Darrell Owens for a Twitter Spaces conversation where they will discuss the current state of residential segregation in the Bay Area, what new census data reveals, and the solutions to racial residential inequality. 
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