NOVEMBER 14, 2014
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The Science of Inequality: Addressing Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety, and Stereotype Threat in Education and Health Care


The Haas Institute Co-Releases Science of Inequality: Addressing Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety, and Stereotype Threat in Education and Health Care

A new report just released addresses the great American racial conundrum: the vast majority of Americans believe racism is wrong, yet evidence showing that race often determines how people are treated is overwhelming. The report, published by the Perception Institute in partnership with the Haas Institute and the Center for Policing Equity, explains how implicit bias, racial anxiety, and stereotype threat are all phenomena that are key to understanding why people who hold egalitarian views still act differently towards others based on their race or ethnicity.

The report details cutting-edge research on effective interventions that can greatly improve health care and education outcomes. "We carry around all this baggage in the form of stereotypes and biases against people who aren't like us," said Alexis McGill Johnson, Executive Director of Perception Institute. “Discrimination is real, but racial difference does not have to end in tragedy. There is hope: with awareness, with practice, with checks and balances, we can learn how to reduce bias and treat people equally.”  Haas Institute Director john powell co-authored the report. Download the Science of Equality, Vol. 1. 

Recent Speaking Engagements
by Director john powell

Nov. 11
john was invited to give the Eighth Annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture on civil rights history and law at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. john's topic "From Freedom Summer to Ferguson: Why we need a new culture of belonging," touched on the three modes of being in society—economic, political, ontological—and the urgent need to create a culture of belonging and inclusivity, especially in light of the events in Ferguson, MO and the changing demographics of Kentucky as a whole. Read more and download the Anne Braden presentation. Find out more about the Anne Braden Institute and the lecture series. Preceding his talk, john was a guest on Louisville radio station WFPL's Strange Fruit  - listen to the interview.

Nov. 5
"Race is a little bit like gravity," were the opening remarks john made at an evening dialogue on Nov. 5 produced by KPFA Berkeley and Marcus Books of Oakland. "Race is incredibly complicated and even the experts struggle with it. We're all affected by it - but we don't fully understand it." john spoke to a crowd of about 175 who gathered in Berkeley for a community conversation centered around implicit bias in policing, racial anxiety, and the historical precedents leading to Ferguson, MO. Read more about john's KPFA talk.

Oct. 30
john was the keynote speaker in Boston, MA for a seminar that prefaced the 2014 Mind and Life International Symposium for Contemplative Studies. Bringing together academics, scientists and contemplative practitioners, the Mind & Life Symposium featured a keynote talk by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama as well as Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington. In an interview on HuffPost Live following his presentation, john discussed the intersection and similarities between education, social justice, and contemplative practice. Read more about john's talk and  watch john's HuffPost interview here

Oct. 30
The video of john's Bioneers presentation that he gave to over 1,500 attendees is now available. john's Bioneers talk centered on the fear of the “Other”—a fear magnified by unstable contracting economies, radically shifting demographics, and new social norms. View john's Bioneers video talk and presentation.

Anchor RichmondCommunity Power in Richmond

Richmond, California received international media attention due to the results of its local election last week. Despite millions of dollars spent by Chevron, one of the largest employers in Richmond, the community voted in all four candidates who were running against Chevron-financed candidates. 

The election results came just a few days after the release of the Anchor Richmond report released by the Haas Institute in collaboration with local Richmond community groups ACCE, CCISCO and Safe Return Project. "It's an honor to be working with Richmond leaders who have shown that sustained grassroots organizing and progressive alliance building can defeat even the most well-financed political opposition at the local level," notes Eli Moore, lead researcher at the Haas Institute, who works closely with community organizations in Richmond. "While local leaders build on their record of bold and innovative policy, other cities can also glean powerful lessons here on strategies for enhancing inclusion and social equity." Download our Anchor Richmond report. 

Links of Interest on Richmond CA:
Richmond: The little town that beat Big Oil, Al Jazeera America
Chevron’s $3 million backfires in Richmond election, SF Chronicle
UC Berkeley J-School Reporters Surpass Chevron “News” Site, California magazine
An Even Bolder Vision for the Berkeley Global Campus, by Nadia Barhoum
“There is no dispute that income inequality has been on the rise in the United States for the past four decades,” write Emmanual Saez and Gabriel Zuchman in a blog post for the London School of Economics. UC Berkeley professor Saez is a member of the Haas Institute Economic Disparities Faculty Cluster. The blog post framed and expanded on findings from Saez and Zuchman's recently released paper Wealth Inequality in the United States since 1913: Evidence from Capitalized Income Tax Data.

Stephen Menendian, Assistant Director at the Haas Institute, recently spoke with KQED News about who will benefit from the Bay Area's economic boom. In "Oakland Building New Housing, But For Whom?" Stephen was quoted as saying he would like to see a more comprehensive regional approach, like improved transportation and better cooperation between Bay Area cities. "Affordable housing is a good tool but building units now, with the boom already here, is unlikely to prevent or ameliorate the gentrification that is happening now." Read the article.

Elsadig Elsheikh, director of the Haas Institute’s Global Justice Program, was an invited lecturer at the Global Blackness Conference at Duke University on Nov. 6-8. The conference examined historical and contemporary concepts of “blackness,” comparing its emergence and significance across national boundaries. 
Haas Institute Associate Director Michael Omi's third edition of Racial Formation in the United States, considered a landmark work on how race informs policies and identities and how race has changed and adapted throughout history, was the top 2014 Bestseller in Sociology Books. Read our profile where Michael discusses the comprehensive updates he and co-author Howard Winant introduced in the third edition.
FACULTY PROFILE: Juana María Rodríguez, member of the LGBTQ Citizenship cluster and a professor of Gender and Women's Studies at UC Berkeley. Prof. Rodríguez discusses the "politics of respectability" in the gay marriage movement and how sexual identity politics influence discourse surrounding public policy decisions. "I think a fair and equitable society is about promoting peace, health, and social harmony. And that needs to include respecting diverse forms of gender expression, diverse forms of kinship and social connections, diverse forms of living and loving—free from poverty, social stigma, and exclusionary practices," says Prof. Rodríguez. Read the profile. 


Haas Institute's Monthly Bulletin of Activities for August and September is now available.

Rasheed Shabazz, Haas Institute Communications Fellow: The Black Record: Why We Don't Know How Often Police Kill

Nadia Barhoum, Haas Institute Researcher: Rhetoric of Racism, From Ferguson to Palestine
Events centered on topics, people, and movements embracing a fair and inclusive society. Email us if you'd like to add an event!
NOV. 15
Facing Race: Institutionalizing Racial Equity and Advancing Positive Racial Impacts
Julie Nelson, Haas Institute Senior Fellow and Director of the Government Alliance for Racial Equity, will be joining fellow racial justice advocates for this panel asking: Can we prevent institutional racism by institutionalizing racial equity? Saturday, Nov 15 at 1:50 pm. Dallas, TX

Exploring Law, Disability, and the Challenge of Equality in Canada and the United States
Co-hosted by the Haas Institute Disability Studies Cluster and Diversity and Democracy Clusters, this event will bring together scholars to discuss the achievements and challenges that continue to face persons with disabilities in their social struggle for equality. Find out more about the symposium and register for this free event

"Belonging or being fully human means more than having access. It means having a meaningful voice, and being afforded the opportunity to participate in the design of social and cultural structures." Sign up for our mailing list and help spread the word about our national Othering & Belonging Conference to be held in the San Francisco Bay Area in the spring of 2015. Othering & Belonging will bring together scholars, researchers, advocates, and organizers to examine the issue of “othering,” a set of processes that engender marginality across any of the full range of human differences, such as race, socioeconomic status, gender, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, and more. Othering & Belonging will feature a multi-disciplinary, intersectional examination of the forms of othering in order to craft transformative solutions that promote belonging.


Haas Institute was proud to sponsor the American Indian Heritage Month Kick-Off Lunch held at UC Berkeley, hosted and organized by several groups, including the Native American Staff Council, the Native American Student Development Center, the American Indian Graduate ProgramCalNERDS, and many more. Photos by Rasheed Shabazz.


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