Blog: Can we all belong? Reflections on the war in Nagorno-Karabakh
The fundamental problem in the world is the tension between people who want to build communities around a single, primary salient identity—be it racial, ethnic, religious or otherwise, and those who wish to live in diverse, pluralistic communities.
Video: Live Q&A with john a. powell about the 2020 elections | #AskOBI
On Wednesday, November 4, 2020, john a powell discusses the outcomes of the 2020 elections in a live Q&A with OBI. This was the first event in our new #AskOBI series featuring reactions from institute staff and faculty on trending topics.
Blog: Facing November 3, and the Counting of the Votes
Today is what used to be called “Election Day,” but is better known this year as the last day to vote. Under conditions more inimical to voting than the country has seen in generations, voters have shown their resilience and determination to cast...
OCASI 2020 Executive Directors’ Forum
On October 27, 2020, Director john a. powell gave the keynote at the 2020 Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) Executive Directors' Forum. The theme of the conference was Transformation: Race, Recovery and Belonging. Director powell...
Video: Research for Radical Imagination
Who tells your story? Who maps your community? Who owns the data? What knowledge is valid? This 3-Part introductory series on Participatory Action Research hosted by the Highlander Research and Education Center, Southwest Folklife Alliance and the...
Building Belonging in Rockford, Illinois
On October 22 and 23, 2020, Director john a. powell spoke to members of the communities of Rockford and DeKalb, Illinois, in events organized by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence at Northern Illinois University. Both communities have an interest in...
Video: Rockford Conversation on Othering & Belonging with Dr. john a. powell
On October 22 and 23, 2020, Director john a. powell spoke to members of the communities of Rockford and DeKalb, Illinois, in events organized by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence at Northern Illinois University. Both communities have an interest in...
Video: COVID-19 and the Political Determinants of Health
Click here for an archive of event info. The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the underlying forces and the overarching narratives of race, gender, and class inequality that have been the bedrock of the US experience since Day One. Instead of providing...
Get-out-the-vote 2020 social media library
Our Rise Up For Justice GOTV library is open to everyone! It contains digital GOTV content to encourage civic engagement in the 2020 election. The library, which includes image stills, memes, digital explainers, and short clips for use on Instagram...
Video: Main Session Five: Wounds That Heal
On October 18, 2020, Director john a. powell spoke on a panel hosted by the House of Beautiful Business. The House of Beautiful Business is a global think tank and community organized around the goal of humanizing business in the age of machines. The...
Podcast: 'A kick in the stomach'. Ethnic studies advocates react to Newsom veto
In this episode of Who Belongs?, we speak with Lara Kiswani, Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center based in San Francisco, and Theresa Montaño, professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at California State University...
Race and Social Equity for Community Leaders
On October 15, 2020, Professor john a. powell was a keynote speaker at the annual conference of the Urban Libraries Council. Professor powell discussed the importance of public spaces in healing a divided society and the role of structures in...
Blog: The past, present and future of affirmative action in California
In the wake of the uprisings this past summer, public surveys show that Americans have a greater appreciation of the reality and extent of what is sometimes called “systemic racism,” or the ways in which institutional arrangements and societal...
Why Trump's diversity training ban is unconstitutional
On September 22, 2020, the Trump administration issued an Executive Order entitled “Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping” (E.O. 13950, 85 FR 60683). This long and comprehensive measure is ostensibly aimed at curbing racist or sexist...
john a. powell on Building Belonging in a Time of Othering
“We can’t breathe.” In many ways, this expression captures the conditions of our time -- whether it be the final words of those dying at the hands of police brutality, at the mercy of a viral pandemic, or for life itself on the planet. We know that...

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

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