The debate over ending structural racism
In the wake of the murder of George Floyd last summer, there appeared to be a moment of new consensus – a crystallization in public understanding of the reality of systemic racism and the political will to do something about it.
Consequences of Islamophobia on Civil Liberties and Rights in the United States
This report was submitted on October 1, 2019 to the United Nations Human Rights Council in regards to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United States of America, 36th Session.
Uprooting Authoritarianism
This article argues that any analysis that neglects the impact of dominance as a legitimizing characteristic of in-group formation and identity construction based on dominant in-group membership will fall short of understanding the surge of authoritarianism.
The Law and Significance of Plessy
The decision in Plessy v. Ferguson looms large in our nation’s historical memory, but it is both more significant than we generally appreciate and less so.
Health Equity and the Circle of Human Concern
On February 1, 2021, Institute director john a. powell and staff researcher EJ Toppin published an article in the American Medical Association’s Journal of Ethics.
Implementing Targeted Universalism
This paper is one of several upcoming case studies that demonstrate how the Institute's Targeted Universalism framework is being put into practice by local organizations and governments.
The Most Segregated (and Integrated) Cities in the SF Bay Area
Intra-municipal segregation is more apparent in large cities with racially identifiable areas, like Oakland. But smaller, more racially homogeneous cities, like Lafayette, segregated their residents from people of different races through municipal boundaries and exclusionary policies, resulting in inter-municipal segregation.
Community-based Insulin
Click to download a PDF of this report. At the age of twenty-six, Alec Smith slipped into a diabetic coma and died, just one month after aging out of his mother’s insurance and learning his insulin and related supplies would cost $1,300 per month out...
Trumpism and its Discontents
As the world bids farewell to perhaps the most polarizing and bizarre presidency in modern US history, the new book, "Trumpism and its Discontents," produced by the Othering & Belonging Institute and published by the Institute of Governmental Studies, offers a deep and crucial examination of how we got here.
Single-Family Zoning in the San Francisco Bay Area
This report describes the characteristics of communities in the San Francisco Bay Area in relation to the degree of restrictive zoning within each jurisdiction.
From Estrangement to Engagement: Bridging to the Ballot Box
This brief summarizes key insights and applications from research on strategy for expanding the electorate and fostering bridging across lines of difference for greater civic belonging.
On Bridging
A new memo by researcher Rachel Heydemann and Director john a. powell looks at an array of case studies around bridging as a response to the profound othering we witness today.
Racial Segregation in the San Francisco Bay Area, Part 5
This brief, on remedies, solutions, and targets, presents five general policy approaches that can help address the problem of racial residential segregation and help put the Bay Area on a better path forward.
Puerto Rico's Public School Closures
The Puerto Rico Department of Education has closed nearly half of the public schools in Puerto Rico since 2007. The impact on students, families, and surrounding neighborhoods is profound, yet it has largely been regarded as collateral damage of a necessary restructuring.
Study: Inland Empire police budgets swelled to $1 billion annually after Great Recession
New study shows that, following the 2008-2009 foreclosure crisis, Inland Empire police budgets ballooned to a whopping $1 billion annually, with increases unrelated to violent crime rates. Jurupa Valley, with 100,000 residents, tops the list with 37...

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