NOVEMBER 5, 2015
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Haas Institute Co-Authors Supreme Court Brief Signed by 35 Prominent Social Scientists Arguing for Race-Conscious Admissions Policy 

Experts from the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, the Equal Justice Society, and the law firm Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati filed an amicus brief this week with the US Supreme Court in a case regarding university admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Considering race within a broader and holistic admissions policy is the only effective and efficient way for the University of Texas to promote equal educational opportunity for all students, says the brief. The University of Texas must continue to consider race, or the “educational experience of all students on campus will be diminished."

Authors of the brief include the 
Haas Institute's john a. powell and Stephen Menendian and the brief was signed by 35 of the nation's most prominent social scientists, including Berkeley faculty Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Professor of Psychology, and Victoria C. Plaut, Professor of Law and Social Science. “This brief is unique in blending both social science and mapping analysis on how inter-district segregation generates inequality in the K–12 system with impacts on university admissions,” says Stephen Menendian. “We also have included deep and evidence-based analysis of how the holistic admissions plan generates greater diversity in enrollment.” 

Read more here and download the amicus brief.

National Groups Join Forces to Center Racial Equity in Government

Advancing Racial Equity Resource GuideThis week the Haas Institute announced it was joining forces with the New York based Center for Social Inclusion to jointly run the Government Alliance on Race & Equity, a national network of local and regional government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all.  CSI and the Haas Institute, both national organizations working at the forefront of racial equity and inclusion, will support the work of the Government Alliance to move local governments toward racial equity and inclusion.

Director of GARE Julie Nelson, who is a Senior Fellow at the Haas Institute, said, “GARE becoming a joint project means we now have the opportunity to align community, government, and academia in a way that improves life outcomes for everyone, particularly for communities of color."

A new online resource guide and toolkits are part of the efforts to inform, educate, and support jurisdictions and its constituents in these regards.  Read the press release here

Michael Omi Featured Speaker at Boston City Awake, a Social Impact Festival

Michael Omi
Haas Institute Associate Director Michael Omi will be giving a talk on racial formation and the future of racial theory at Boston College on November 9 as part of the City Awake Boston festival.  Michael's talk is sponsored by Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW) and the school’s Center for Social Innovation, along with several other departments. 

In an article describing the desire to bring Omi to Boston, BCSSW Associate Professor David Takeuchi said that doctoral students were discussing issues of race, ethnicity and immigration in a series of seminars and the students speculated as to how Omi, well-known for his scholarship on racial formation theory, would address such issues. Takeuchi said, “So we wound up inviting him to come in person" in order to do just that. Takeuchi notes that Omi's work “allows us to talk about race in a more complex, nuanced way, rather than as something that is ‘fixed’ from birth to death. He enables people from different fields... to view race not only in terms of social discourse but also political activity.”

The City Awake Festival is a ten-day festival that brings together individuals, organizations, and institutions invested in social impact and sustainable urban development.

Wage Increases for Non-Tech Workers

Enrico MorettiEnrico Moretti, member of the Haas Institute's Economic Disparities research cluster, will be speaking about wages and jobs at the University of Washington's Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies' Leadership Dinner tonight. 

Moretti is the author of The New Geography of Jobs, a book that examines trends in the employment markets. "What he calls 'America's new economic map' shows a handful of cities with the 'right' jobs that offer high wages, and many other cities with the 'wrong' industries that offer dead-end jobs and low average wages, what Moretti calls this the Great Divergence.

Read the Biz Journal's article on Moretti's work, the wage increases in Seattle, and what it means for non-tech wage earners.


Cover of the US Farm Bill Report

Our new report, The US Farm Bill: Corporate Power and Structural Racialization in the US Food System, aims to fill a void in food and agriculture policy research by providing a comprehensive and multidimensional analysis of the US Farm Bill, an analysis that will help support Farm Bill negotiation policy campaigns and further a broad-based movement for food sovereignty. Download and share this important new report

Structuring Development for Greater Community Benefit

Opportunity Model for Developing the Berkeley Global Campus in Richmond

Structuring Development for Greater Community Benefit is part of larger body of research exploring ways in which the development process for the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay can be structured to align with community well-being in Richmond, California. Download the report.

Semi Annual Newsletter Cover

The latest edition of the Haas Institute newsletter showcases our latests research, events, and publications.
According to the New York Times, Asian Americans have the power to transform the Democratic Party in the United States. Taeku Lee, Haas Institute Diversity and Democracy faculty cluster member, was quoted saying, "Today's Asian Americans are not only liberal on the expected issues like health care reform, immigration reform, and educational reform, but they also seem to espouse liberal views across a wide range of unexpected issues areas like environmental politics, affirmative action, and the like." Read the article.
“Touch is a language," noted Berkeley professor Dacher Keltner in this Boston Globe article on the phenomenon of "good touch" where physical contact can actually help improve outcomes in a variety of situations from sports games to comforting children. “Let’s get to be more sophisticated practitioners of this language." Keltner said. Learn more about Keltner's research on the power of touch. Keltner is a member of the Haas Institute Religious Diversity research cluster.
Thursday, Nov 5, 12:00 pm

The Haas Institute will host a presentation by Indrani Baruah who will speak on her recent work on a community-based project in India that incorporates concepts from architecture, sustainable design, visual arts, vernacular crafts, and cultural studies. 460 Stephens Hall. Feel free to bring your lunch. Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.
Sunday, Nov 8
Oakstop in downtown Oakland
john a. powell will be a featured speaker this weekend at an event on Belonging hosted by Thrive East Bay, an event featuring music, poetry, singing, and the power of community. RSVP on the event webpage.
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