Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Welcome from Director john a. powell

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. 


Upcoming Event

The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and the Government Alliance on Race & Equity, along with Mayor Betsy Hodges of the City of Minneapolis and Mayor Chris Coleman of the City of St. Paul, invite you to the first Regional Convening on Racial Equity to be held August 5-6 in Minneapolis.

The Government Alliance on Race and Equity is a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. When government takes action, significant leverage and expansion opportunities emerge, setting the stage for the achievement of racial equity in our communities.

The Minneapolis convening, the first of several to be held in cities across the US over the next year, will feature multiple keynotes and a dozen workshops that will focus on local work within government and in the community, as well as national partners who will share innovative best practices. Workshops will emphasize the importance of a shared vision and mutually supportive roles and responsibilities, and are designed to be interactive and provide concrete skills and tools. 

We invite you to join us.  Click here for more information including how to register


Spring 2014 Newsletter

Our Spring Newsletter highlights key program activities, research and events from the spring 2014 semester, including an analysis of the current state of "Global Hunger and the Food System" by our Global Justice program staff; highlights from our seven academic faculty clusters; recent blog postings; event recaps and more. Download and read the full newsletter.


Underwater America Report

Underwater America Report

Read our new report entitled Underwater America: How the So-Called Housing Recovery is Bypassing Many CommunitiesIn the first report of its kind, the authors analyze negative equity and foreclosure data together with race and income data, at a zip code level, as well as city and metropolitan area. The report uncovers the depth of the housing problem that persists in these hard hit communities, as well as how the legacy of predatory lending has meant a disproportionate negative impact on African American and Latino communities. One in ten Americans live in the 100 hardest hit cities where the number of underwater homeowners range from 22% to 56%, the report says. Read more and download the report.


Building a Network for Transformative Change

Building a Network for Transformative ChangeThe Haas Network for Transformative Change is fundamentally about building relationships, bringing people and organizations together, and developing robust connections for multi-level, multi-sector impact. By bringing together researchers, policymakers, stakeholders, advocates, grassroots organizations and communities across the nation to work in alignment to dismantle marginalizing barriers, we seek to fashion a more inclusive, just, and sustainable society. A key function of the Haas network will be to enhance, if not create, the ability to work on issues that are complex, important, and impactful, but within areas that have not been addressed due to a lack of capacity or interdisciplinary foci. Read more in Building a Network for Transformative Change: A Network and Convening Summaries.


POST-CONFERENCE REPORT

BEYOND BANKRUPTCY

Beyond Bankruptcy Report Cover

Our report on BEYOND BANKRUPTCY, a collaborative project that addresses the critical issue of municipal distress by bringing together researchers, community organizers, scholars, and practitioners to reframe the narrative and offer concrete strategies for this critical issue facing a large number of municipalities nationwide. The report details the project's background and gives a comprehensive look at the first convening which took place April 7-8 in Detroit. Download the full report at http://www.beyondbankruptcy.info/detroit-conference-material/.


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