Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive SocietyThe Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley brings together researchers, organizers, stakeholders, communicators, and policymakers to identify and eliminate the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society and to create transformative change toward a more equitable nation.

As part of the UC Berkeley Initiative for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity funded by the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund in 2010, the Haas Institute draws upon Berkeley’s considerable multidisciplinary research excellence and history of engaged scholarship. Organized into various research clusters, the institute will involve more than 100 researchers across the University of California system. At its core are eight endowed chairs focused on equity and inclusion — a force that is unprecedented at Berkeley, and, as far as we know, unparalleled in the nation.

The Haas Institute represents a tremendous opportunity — perhaps unique in the world — to bring leading researchers and substantial resources across disciplines to bear on society’s pressing and pivotal issues related to equity, inclusion, and diversity. The institute, led by Director john powell and Associate Director Michael Omi, will serve as a national hub for a vibrant network of researchers and community partners and will take a leadership role in translating, communicating, and facilitating research, policy, and strategic engagement to produce change and make a meaningful impact. While the Haas Institute clusters engage in high-impact, interdisciplinary research, the institute itself will respond to issues that require immediate action and will engage in innovative communications that re-frame public discourse.

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.  See how the faculty clusters are organized.

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May 29, 2019
Kimberly Veklerov
Racial segregation in the Bay Area was more pronounced in 2010 than it was in 1970, according to a new report from the Berkeley Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. Co-authors Stephen Menendian, the institute's director of research, and Samir Gambhir, the institute's geographic information systems researcher, say that while black-white segregation is declining, it remains the highest, while the segregation between whites and Asians and Latinos has worsened. Overall, seven of the area's nine counties saw increases in segregation, while only two -- San Francisco and Alameda -- saw declines. But even the latter are still classified as places with "high" segregation. With another Berkeley study finding that skyrocketing housing prices have pushed low-income minorities to the far edges of the Bay Area, if not away altogether, Menendian says: "It's very unlikely that we will solve racial inequality in a society or region that's racially segregated. ... Take health outcomes: They are a product of where people live." For more on this, see the press release at the Haas Institute.
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January 2, 2019
Harmeet Kaur

Since 2016, the U.S. has become less inclusive of women, minority groups, and people with disabilities, compared to the rest of the world, according to a new report by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. For their index, the researchers gathered international data regarding a variety of factors, including hate crimes, political representation, anti-discrimination laws, income inequality, incarceration rates, and immigration and asylum policies. They found that in 2016 the U.S. was among the top 25 countries in the world for inclusiveness, but its status has since dropped to 58th place. According to co-author Stephen Menendian, the institute's assistant director and director of research, the biggest reason for the nation's ranking is the high number of incarcerated people.