July 5, 2017
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Refugees and Displacement: An Analysis on the Dynamics of Global Forced Migration

War, famine, extreme inequality, and the climate crisis have all fueled the mass displacement of an enormous number of people across the globe. Moving Targets: An Analysis of Global Forced Migration, a new report from the Haas Institute, investigates the historic and contemporary causes of global forced migration as well as the challenges and capacities of national and international refugee protections and resettlement efforts. Moving Targets provides an in-depth analysis of key historical and contemporary dynamics of forced migration, illustrating the need for a more holistic approach to understanding these dynamics. Ultimately, the report calls for the generation of more inclusive, shared, and equitable policies that provide refuge and belonging to all refugees and displaced peoples. 

Read and download Moving Targets: An Analysis of Global Forced Migration.

The report features artwork by Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza from Dignidade Rebelde.
"Yesterday on the fourth of July many celebrated US history, or at least part of it, while others were thinking about the many parts we are inclined to ignore. Despite the select narratives told by some, this country belongs to all of us. The fourth of July reminds us that our history is full of terrible and wonderful things. If our future is to be better, we must approach our history with clear eyes, and not just pick and choose the parts we like." From Director john a. powell's most recent blog post: American History: Beyond a Selective Remembrance. Read the full post. 

Responding to Educational Inequality

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Responding to Educational Inequality is a new policy brief that reviews scholarship from faculty of the Race, Diversity, and Educational Policy faculty of the Haas Institute. The report, which addresses the persistent failure of US schools for youth from non-dominant communities, takes up a critical issue in education: the continuing reproduction of educational inequality in relation to race and social class. The authors, all UC Berkeley faculty, highlight several key issues in how we study and attempt to ameliorate disparities through educational policy, and concludes with a set of recommendations for policymakers, practitioners, educators, and advocates. Download and read Responding to Educational Inequality.

The Kerner Commission at 50

From #BlackLivesMatter to Supreme Court decisions, issues of race, segregation, inequality, the legacy of slavery, and who belongs to America and who America belongs to, is as salient today as it was 50 years ago. The Haas Institute is hosting The Kerner Commission at 50 on February 27–March 1, 2018, a conference that will explore race, segregation, and inequality fifty years after the release of the historic Kerner Commission Report.

Save the date and follow the conference webpage for all announcements on speakers, registration, and other details. The event will take place on the UC Berkeley campus.

Haas Institute-Affiliated Faculty Appointed to Lead Renowned Research Institutes

Congratulations to two Haas Institute-affiliated faculty for their recent appointment to key leadership positions: Leti Volpp, member of the Haas Institute LGBTQ Citizenship cluster, was appointed the next Director of the Center for Race and Gender, and Lisa García-Bedolla, a member of the Institute's Diversity and Democracy cluster, was named as the next Director of the Institute for Governmental Studies.

Leti Volpp is a respected scholar and legal advocate in the fields of citizenship, migration, and gender and racial equality. She taught law at American University and UCLA before joining the faculty at Berkeley in 2005. Volpp clerked for Judge Thelton E. Henderson and served as a public interest lawyer with a focus on immigrants' rights. 

Lisa García Bedolla is a distinguished scholar whose research focuses on how marginalization and inequality structure the political and educational opportunities available to members of ethnoracial groups, with a particular emphasis on the intersections of race, class, and gender. García Bedolla has taught at CSU Long Beach, UC Irvine, and UCLA before joining Berkeley in 2008. 

Congratulations to these two powerhouse leaders and scholars! 

The Haas Institute is seeking a Field Analyst and Strategist. Find about more this job here including how to apply. 
Join us on July 13 for the next event in our Thinking Ahead speaker series with Richmond City Council member Melvin Willis and journalist Steve Early on a discussion of community empowerment and transformative policies that help get big money out of politics. More information and RSVP here.

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Issue Two of our Othering & Belonging Journal is now out, featuring innovative and dynamic research, interviews, and artwork that explores and unpacks this framework for advancing more open, more inclusive, and more democratic societies. Explore the Journal.
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