The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley brings together researchers, community stakeholders, policymakers and communicators to identify and challenge the barriers to an inclusive, just and sustainable society and create transformative change. The Institute serves 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.
At the heart of the Haas Institute are seven clusters of teaching and research that focus on addressing society’s most pressing and pivotal issues related to vulnerable and marginalized populations. The Haas Institute draws upon UC Berkeley’s considerable multidisciplinary excellence and history of engaged leadership through seven research clusters involving almost 100 scholars from UC Berkeley. At its core are eight endowed chairs focused on equity and inclusion—a force that is unprecendented at UC Berkeley and unparalleled in the nation.
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.
The Director of the Haas Institute is john a. powell, an internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties and a wide range of issues including race, structural racism, ethnicity, housing, poverty, and democracy. Find out more about john powell and all Haas Institute staff here.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee will join the Haas Institute in Washington, D.C. on September 10 for the launch of a new policy brief outlining recommendations to reduce income and wealth inequality. Lee will be joined by three scholars from the Haas Institute: Hilary Hoynes, john a. powell, and Michael Reich. Learn more about The Path to a Fair and Inclusive Society: Policies that Address Extreme Inequality.
Join the Haas Institute on September 15 for an informative and interactive event and panel discussion to meet and engage with the UC Berkeley faculty cluster members whose visionary, multidisciplinary research advances the realization of an inclusive and equitable society. Learn more about Research to Impact.
- Director john a. powell is interviewed on Democracy Now! by Amy Goodman regarding the events in Ferguson, MO surrounding the police shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Watch the segment or read the transcript of the 10 minute interview.
- Haas Institute Fellow Sara Grossman's article "Another Rip in the Fabric" discusses how history is repeating itself in Ferguson, MO:: "The unequal legal structures of the Jim Crow era may have been dismantled by the courts, but their skeletons remain. A consequence of this, of course, are the distinct relationships blacks and whites have with the modern-day incarnation of these structures." Read the article.
- Research Director Stephen Menendian's blog post on the Berkeley blog "How Many Black Boys Have to Die?" opens with this thought "The ultimate tragedy is that each of these deaths seems to have done little to prevent the next. As I wrote two years ago, each death reopens a conversation on race framed to ask all of the wrong questions." Read Stephen's post.
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 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, held the first Regional Convening on Racial Equity on August 5 to 6 in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis convening featured multiple keynotes and a dozen workshops that focused on local work within government and in the community, as well as national partners who shared innovative best practices. Workshops emphasized the importance of a shared vision and mutually supportive roles and responsibilities, and were interactive and provided concrete skills and tools. Learn more about the Government Alliance on Race and Equity.
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
Read our new report entitled Underwater America: How the So-Called Housing Recovery is Bypassing Many Communities. In 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
The 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.
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/.
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.
A collection of essays by john a. powell concerning our nation's conceptions of self and other to build an inclusive society