OCTOBER 22, 2015
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New Report on Technology and Mobilizing Voters of Color

Testing New Technologies in Mobilizing Voters of Color
new report authored by Haas Institute Diversity and Democracy faculty cluster member Lisa García Bedolla examines how organizations are working to engage underrepresented voters through the use of technology. Published by the James Irvine Foundation, the report analyzes the way organizations are utilizing technological advances to connect with their community members and engage them as voters. A key finding of the report suggests that "with technology changing so quickly, today’s effective strategy can quickly become obsolete. These changes suggest the need for groups to continually test their assumptions about the effectiveness of particular get-out-the-vote technologies in the context of how voters use technology to communicate." Read the report.

New Policy Brief Lifts Up Research for a More Equitable Food System

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Hilary Hoynes, chair of the Haas Institute Economic Disparities research cluster, and Sasha Feldstein, a UC Berkeley graduate student at the Goldman School of Public Policy, co-authored a policy paper exploring the future of SNAP, highlighting approaches to improve nutrition policy and to ensure health and food equity nationwide. This summary emerged from a workshop held in May at UC Berkeley, which brought together leading academic researchers and representatives from non-profit organizations and government agencies who are working in food security, public health, and economics. The report is intended to serve as a launching point for ideas and future research in creating a more equitable food system. Download the report.

Raising Awareness of the Opportunity Model for Developing the Berkeley Global Campus

An article in The Daily Californian covered the release of the Haas Institute's latest report, Structuring Development for Greater Community Benefit. According to the article, Ruben Lizardo, Director of Local Government and Community Relations from the Chancellor's office, said that the report contained helpful recommendations, but it was too early to select a development agency. However, raising awareness of this option is key to having it as a viable choice during the agency selection process. 

“The use of a CDE is a possible win-win because it meets the campus’s need for high-quality development and the community’s need for responsible development,” said Eli Moore, a program manager of the Haas Institute's Richmond Partnerships. Read the article.

New Report on Opportunity Model for Developing the Berkeley Global Campus in Richmond

Structuring Development for Greater Community Benefit
The Haas Institute released a new report, titled Structuring Development for Greater Community Benefit, on a finance model to fund the development of the campus. The proposed funding model would meet the needs of both the University and Richmond residents. This report 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 so that the development is aligned with community well-being and leveraged to reinvest substantial resources into the Richmond community. Download the report.

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The latest edition of the Haas Institute newsletter showcases our research, events, publications, and features on the intersection between mind science and social justice, the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a perspective on BlackLivesMatter, and the latest activities and publications of the Haas Institute and its affiliated faculty members. Click here to read the newsletter onlineIf you'd like a hard copy of the newsletter, please email Ebonye in our Communications Department.

Othering & Belonging
Post-Conference Report

AXIS Dance Company at Othering and Belonging Conference
In April, the Haas Institute organized the first Othering & Belonging Conference, and our full post-conference report is now live. Featuring written recaps, attendee testimonials, and all our conference videos and photos, the report highlights the best of the conference and offers inspiration for the future of belonging. You can also watch a video recap of the conference here. 
Our ongoing Faculty Profile Series profiles the breadth, depth, and innovation of the research that the Haas Institute's 90+ affiliated faculty are engaged in to advance a more fair and inclusive society.

Jason Corburn"Space becomes place when people, social movements, governments, and others are recognized as shaping and shaped by what happens in our neighborhoods and communities," said Jason Corburn, the new director of the UC Berkeley Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD).  In this interview with the Haas Institute, Corburn discussed the importance of addressing chronic health inequities, how location can determine life chances, and upcoming plans for IURD. Read the interview with Jason Corburn.

Emmanuel Saez"Extreme inequality undermines meritocracy which is a core value of modern societies, particularly in the United States," said Emmanuel Saez in our interview with him this month. "Secondly, it can undermine democracy. The wealthy have a strong interest in maintaining the status-quo and hence will use their resources to influence political outcomes." Read full interview here.

Saba MahmoodSaba Mahmood's work is known for its interrogation of liberal assumptions about the boundary between ethics and politics, freedom and unfreedom, the religious and the secular, and agency and submission. "We tend to think that secularism is a solution to the problem of religious strife, but my work shows that the modern secular state has in fact exacerbated existing religious differences, polarized religious identity, and heightened religious inequalities," said Mahmood. In this interview, Mahmood talks about her forthcoming book Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report, and her scholarly research. Read the interview.  

OCT. 26

OCT. 27–29
Policylink’s #Equity15 — National Conference
Join thousands of attendees to craft and fortify the next wave of strategies and actions to achieve just and fair inclusion at PolicyLink’s Equity Summit in downtown Los Angeles, California. Registration is now closed for this event.

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