Advancing Racial Equity: Legal Guidance for Advocates

In the wake of greater attention and awareness brought to continuing racial injustice in society, and in the wake of the Supreme Court's June 29, 2023 decision curtailing affirmative action, many communities, organizations and institutions are struggling to figure out how to advance racial equity in different realms.

Racial Disparities Dashboard

The Othering and Belonging Institute is pleased to launch the Racial Disparities Dashboard. A racial disparity is defined as a persistent difference in outcomes between racial groups. For purposes of this project, we use racial group definitions as...

African Just Transitions

In our research for this paper, we focus on how African climate, agri-food, and environmental organizations are combating the drivers of the climate crisis, managing the impacts of the climate crisis, and forging strategies to build climate resilience.

Forging a Progressive Response to Fragmentation

For some, the defeat of Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election and the prosecution of January 6th insurrectionists might suggest that US democracy has remained strong through years of social and political instability. In this year’s State of the Union address, President Joe Biden claimed that US democracy is “unbowed and unbroken.” However, it would be remiss to believe that the threat of authoritarianism has abated.

Zoning Reform Tracker

The Othering & Belonging Institute is proud to launch the Zoning Reform Tracker, which is meant to serve as a hub for documenting zoning reform efforts across the United States. There are two components to the Zoning Reform Tracker: a sortable database, and an interactive webmap.

The History of Corporate Power

This article is derived from, but not a synopsis of, " Beyond Public/Private: Understanding Excessive Corporate Prerogative " by john a. powell and Stephen Menendian, which makes the case that corporations have overstepped their appropriate role in...

Structural Racism Explained

The “Structural Racism Explained” video draws upon many varied sources in formulating specific definitions for different types of racism. The video and prompts provided in this video and teaching guide are designed primarily for teachers to help students clarify and sharpen their understanding of the material.

Single-Family Zoning in the San Diego Region

Introduction The authors would like to thank Joshua Cantong, Data Analyst at the Othering and Belonging Institute for their valuable insights and contributions. This brief report continues our series investigating the extent of restrictive and...

Deconstructing the 'Housing Crisis'

For a several years now I’ve observed with growing alarm, then despair, as California’s housing woes—astronomical prices, skyrocketing rents and rates of annual appreciation, knee-jerk opposition to new housing, an epidemic of displacement and...

Community Land Trusts as Stewards of Public Land

California’s affordability crisis has reached every corner of the state, and local governments are examining their assets to find ways to support the preservation and development of affordable housing. This guide documents how local governments can...

Taking Stock: Visioning Beyond the Refinery

Richmond, CA has been called a "refinery town" because of the widely-felt presence of Chevron's oil refinery in the city. But what is the actual web of relationships between the oil refinery and the Richmond community?

Affordable Housing as Local Reparations for Black Americans: Case Studies

This case study report seeks to illuminate the activism, parameters, and intended outcomes of city programs for property redress as a form of reparations.

California Zoning Atlas

The California Zoning Atlas is an ongoing project to produce zoning maps and analyses for every region and municipality in the state of California. The goals of this project are, firstly, to document with greater precision than before, and raise...

The Pervasiveness of Islamophobia in the United States

This report was submitted in July 2022 to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in review of the US government’s compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

Othering and Belonging in a Europe in crisis

In the age of the politics of emotions, the feeling of belonging has a lot to do with individual experiences. Confidence in the future, or the perception of lack of opportunities, can be a determining factor in a citizen’s relationship with their community...

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Islamophobia in Europe

This Reading Resource Pack was developed by researchers from the Global Justice Program at the Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley, as part of its larger project documenting and countering Islamophobia.

A Divided Diaspora and the Future of Eritrea: A Live Panel Discussion

We invite you to join us for a live webinar on Saturday, September 23 at 10:00 am California, 1 pm New York, 6 pm Eritrea, 7 pm Cape Town. Eritrean diaspora professionals with different views will discuss the current developments. Representative of the Eritrean government have also been invited to participate. Please follow the webinar at ERISAT, SETIT Media or ASSENNA TV on the date and time listed above.

Islamophobia in Asia-Pacific

This Reading Resource Pack was developed by researchers from the Global Justice Program at the Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley, as part of its larger project documenting and countering Islamophobia.