Othering & Belonging:
April 8–10, 2019, Oakland


Join us in Oakland for three days of innovative programming to advance scholarship, narratives, movements, systems, and policies that support a more fully inclusive “we.” Find out more about the conference here, or register today!


This year the conference will explore a range of themes related to the current state of the world today including rising authoritarianism, climate change, migration, technology and big data, and changing demographics. An expanded offering of materials and interactive programming are designed to help us collectively examine our efforts, scholarship, and practices, and develop appropriate responses that move us closer to a world of equity and belonging.

see agenda here.


The conference will host a diverse range of speakers all united by their work in exposing, analyzing, and combating extreme othering, and who are actively advancing strategies and work towards inclusion and belonging. Past speakers have included bell hooks, Naomi Klein, Ai-jen Poo, Marshall Ganz, Andrew Solomon, Kumi Naidoo, Rashad Robinson, Melissa Harris-Perry, Charles Blow, Tara Houska, Saskia Sassen, Zephyr Teachout, and dozens of other leaders.

see 2019 speakers here.


Concurrent breakout sessions will take place on April 9 and 10 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. These 90-minute sessions are spaces of engagement that provide the opportunity for conference attendees to dive deeper into conversations related to Othering and develop concrete strategies of operationalizing belonging from the global to the local. These interactive sessions will feature panelists and leaders from a wide variety of perspectives and experiences.


Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II  will be the closing keynote speaker of Othering & Belonging 2019.

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II will be the closing keynote speaker of Othering & Belonging 2019.

Conference Speakers 2019

Our dozens of presenters include youth leaders, scholars, artists, activists, policymakers, grantmakers, cultural works, labor leaders, and committed community members from a wide range of arenas including movement spaces, government, labor, academia, philanthropy, the private sector, and more. See all speakers for our 2019 conference here.