Video: Why historical harms should shape Covid-19 vaccine distribution | AskOBI
Denise Herd, the associate director of the Othering & Belonging Institute, intervenes in the conversation surrounding vaccine distribution.
Introducing the 2021 Toward Belonging Creative Fellow Alex Nezam
We are thrilled to announce our inaugural Toward Belonging Creative Fellow is Alexander Nezam, an experimental filmmaker who aims to use the power of filmmaking and participatory design to build belonging.
Blog: Chauvin verdict a wakeup call for medicine and public health
The Chauvin verdict provides a much needed expression of hope and solace for the Floyd family and to the millions of black people for whom his death was a painful reminder of the collective vulnerability of being harmed by the police.
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.
Video: Making Urbanism Antiracist
On April 15, 2021, Assistant Director Stephen Menendian was interviewed by YIMBY Action Board Chair, Ernest Brown, as part of a series on "Making Urbanism Antiracist." They discussed the nature of opportunity, mobility versus place-based strategies, and the race versus class debate.
Video: Privilege Revealed: How Invisible Preference Undermines America
On April 7, during a livestream in our #AskOBI​ series, we heard from leading scholars Stephanie M. Wildman and Margalynne Armstrong, authors of the new edition of “Privilege Revealed,” in conversation with OBI Director john a. powell.
Polarization and Preconditions: Bridging Across Identities for a Society of Belonging
In Professor john a. powell's keynote, he emphasizes how polarization has led to significant upheaval in our democracy and how pledging, rather than simple monetary generosity, will begin bridging towards solutions.
Blog: How to protect privacy & public health in Covid-19
The year 2020 has witnessed the overlapping public health crises of a global pandemic and ongoing police violence—both of which underscore the devastating effects of systemic racism in the US.
Racial Residential Segregation and Racial Gerrymandering: An Overlooked Nexus
On April 3, 2021, Assistant Director Stephen Menendian presented on the relationship between fair housing and voting rights on a panel at a fair housing conference organized by the Fair Housing Council of San Diego.
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.
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.
Q&A with Denise Herd on equity-based vaccine distribution
One of the most basic problems with prioritizing vaccination based on age is that Black people, Native people, and other people of color generally have shorter lifespans than other Americans.
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.
Get-out-the-vote digital short nominated for Writers Guild of America award
“Can You See It?,” a get-out-the-vote (GOTV) digital short produced by OBI’s Blueprint for Belonging program was been nominated for Best Promotion at the Writers Guild Awards.

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White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality

Join author Sheryll Cashin for a book talk about her recently-released White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequality, followed by a conversation with john a.

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