Right now our work building and sustaining a society centered on inclusion is more essential and urgent than ever.

Widespread Othering has led to a host of challenges in our world today, including territorial disputes, toxic levels of economic inequality, military intervention, the closing of borders, forced migration, and climate change. As hate, ultra-nationalism and xenophobia continue to deepen and harden across the world, the need to challenge Othering is more urgent than ever. We must not only understand the underlying structural dynamics that gave rise to these forces, we must also protect our communities that are targeted and made vulnerable by them as well.  

We believe the lens of Othering and Belonging provides a critical perspective to this work, and that the necessary response to the extraordinary challenges we face today is that of Belonging. Belonging means having a meaningful voice. Belonging means being afforded the opportunity to participate in the design of social and cultural structures. Belonging means the right to contribute and make demands upon society and institutions. 

We need bold ideas, even more connected movements, and strategies that enable us to collectively combat hate and exclusion, threats to our living planet, and the global rise of xenophobic and authoritarian institutions and politics.

On April 30–May 2, 2017, we hope you can join this international network of diverse actors rooted in a common framework for realizing a fair and inclusive society. 

There was a grace, an ease, an openness that I’ve rarely experienced publicly. It was a restorative, centering, renewing, remembering experience.
— 2015 attendee

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The 2017 Othering & Belonging Conference will feature a phenomenal lineup of changemakers, scholars, visionaries who are advancing a world built on inclusion. See our full list of speakers.




“It was a wonderful experience, a beautiful crowd, and gratifying at every level... The feeling in that room was electrifying. It gave me great hope for our future. Thanks for letting me be part of such a groundbreaking event.”
— Andrew Solomon, author, 2015 Keynote Speaker

Our post-conference video recap of the Othering and Belonging conference held in Oakland, CA April 24-26, 2015.

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Photos from our 2015 conference, featuring: bell hooks, Naomi Klein, Andrew Solomon, Charles Blow, Ai-jen Poo, Angela Glover Blackwell, Manuel Pastor, Joanna Macy, Shakti Butler, Rudolfo Mendoza-Denton, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, the late Lynn Manning, Destiny Arts Dance Company, and many many more. See more pix on our Photos page and in our Facebook album. Thank you to Oakland-based photographer Eric Arnold for these amazing images of an incredible weekend.

The Othering & Belonging Conference is organized by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley. Find out more here.