Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Welcome from the Director

The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley brings together researchers, stakeholders, policymakers, and communicators to identify and challenge the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society and to create transformative change. The Institute will serve as a national hub of a vibrant network of researchers and community partners and will take a leadership role in translating, communicating, and facilitating research, policy, and strategic engagement. The Haas Institute advances research and policy related to marginalized people while essentially touching all who benefit from a truly diverse, fair, and inclusive society.

Chancellor Robert Birgeneau first launched the expansive research effort in 2006, calling it the Berkeley Diversity Research Initiative (BDRI). Four years later, the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund supported an unprecedented five faculty chairs as part of the UC Berkeley Initiative for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity to further establish Berkeley's commitment and leadership in these areas. BDRI was subsequently re-named the Haas Diversity Research Center, which is now called the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.

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Fall 2013


Featured Event

Detroit Bankruptcy & Beyond: Organizing for Change in Distressed Cities 

April 7th - April 8th, 2014

The Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University Law School, Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength (MOSES), and the Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society (HIFIS) would like to thank you for supporting and following "Detroit Bankruptcy & Beyond!" We will be archiving the proceedings from the conference onto beyondbankruptcy.infoStay tuned for more details of how we will continue to keep the movement going! 


Where Credit Is Due

Edited by Director john a. powell and Kirwan Institute's Outreach Director Christy Rogers

While much recent attention has been focused on the subprime lending and foreclosure crisis, little has been said about its radically-disparate impact. Drawing upon history as well as insight into the current crisis, this book shows that this crisis is not an anomaly, especially for people of color; nor is it over. People of color have been excluded from wealth-building opportunities via homeownership continuously throughout United States history, from the outright denial of credit and residential racial discrimination, to federally-sponsored urban renewal programs. The subprime lending and foreclosure crisis is predicted to strip a quarter of a trillion dollars in wealth from black and Latino homeowners. It has reversed home ownership gains for people of color and has decimated neighborhoods across the United States while impacting local, regional, national, and international economies. The consequences are devastating. This collection of essays provides a framework for creating equitable policy and ultimately building more stable communities for all Americans.


Racing to Justice

A collection of essays by john a. powell concerning our nation's conceptions of self and other to build an inclusive society


john powell at a recent convening

john powell


The Erotic Life of Racism panel presentation, the inaugural event for the LGBTQ Cluster, held on November 29 at Berkeley Law

The Erotic Life of Racism