Frequently Asked Questions

About the Conference

What is the Othering & Belonging Conference?
The Othering & Belonging Conference is a unique collaborative space that brings together researchers, advocates, students, artists, youth leaders, faith leaders, policymakers, grantmakers, and interested community partners to examine the issue of othering and belonging.

What are the conference dates and where is it held?
The conference will be held in Oakland, California on April 8-10, 2019 at the Oakland Marriott City Center.

Who should attend?
Othering & Belonging is for all people interested in building a larger and more inclusive “we” and in caring for our living earth.

What are the organizing principles of the conference?
Our conference is rooted in the core values and principles that we and many partners have articulated that are the basis of a “new social compact” for our society:

We have a fundamental belief that we are linked by our common humanity, that we are bound together in our work to secure a fair and inclusive democracy, and that we are united in our commitment to care for each other and the Earth.

We will not allow the normalization of hate, exclusion, racism, misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia in our society. These forces betray our values and if remain unchecked will overwhelmingly harm all people, our living planet, our future generations, and democracy itself. 

We recognize that we may have many different strategies for achieving our goals, but we are united by common values that guide our actions.

These values are nonpartisan and reflect our grounding in a morality that recognizes the worth of all people.

What is the conference schedule/agenda?
Details will be posted on this website as they are confirmed. A full conference schedule will be available on our website in early 2019.

What is the focus of the conference?
Take a look here for the particular focus of our 2019 conference.

How can I access the mobile app?
The Othering & Belonging Conference 2019 App will be available to registered attendees before the conference.


How can I register? What is your cancellation policy?
Click here for all information on registration rates and our cancellation policy.

How can I register a group?
If you are a paying for multiple members of a group, you can do this via the registration site and the first person registered in the group will be charged. If members of the group are paying individually (for example, with different credit cards), you must create separate registrations for each.

The discounted group rate is the ‘Individual’ registration option. Groups should register under this option unless you are part of a UC cohort. If you are part of a UC cohort of 5 or more, please contact Puanani Forbes for the UC cohort rate.


Are there special hotel/lodging rates for conference attendees?
The Oakland Marriott City Center is offering a special discounted rate for Othering & Belonging Conference attendees:

  • Single/Double: $219.00

  • Triple: $229.00

  • Quadruple: $239.00

How can I book a room?
If you would like to reserve a room, please visit our dedicated booking website to make, modify, and cancel your hotel reservations online, as well as take advantage of any room upgrades, amenities or other services offered by the Marriott.

If you wish to reserve a room by phone, please use the following dedicated Group Reservations phone numbers:

  • Reservations Toll Free: 1-877-901-6632

  • Reservations Local phone: 1-800-454-1719

Hotel room rates are subject to a applicable state and local taxes (currently 14% and subject to change).

Accessibility & Childcare

What accessibility resources are available at the conference?
CART services will be available at the conference. ASL interpretation can be made available with at least one month advance written request made to The conference venue is wheelchair accessible and is located near the 12th St. Oakland City Center BART station. Please do not come wearing any scents or perfumes (including essential oils) and please respect the scent-free zones in the conference area. For all other access requests, please email Sean Reyes at

For specific language interpretation requests, please contact Sean at at least one month in advance.

Will there be childcare at the conference?
Yes. When registering, please indicate which days you will need childcare:

  • Monday, April 8th

  • Tuesday, April 9th

  • Wednesday, April 10th

Vendor & Sponsor Opportunities

How can I learn more about sponsorship opportunities?
Contact Puanani Forbes if you are interested in partnering with the Othering & Belonging conference.

Are there vendor opportunities?
Check back for more information.

Scholarship & Volunteer Opportunities

Will scholarships be offered?
Yes, scholarships will be offered for the conference. Apply here.

What is the application process?
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The first review will occur on November 30, 2018 and every end of the month thereafter until all scholarships are completely awarded. There is no fee to apply for a scholarship. However, if your application is accepted, there is a $25 processing fee that must be paid within 30 days of your receiving notice of your awarded scholarship, as a show of good faith. If you do not accept the scholarship by paying the fee within 30 days, the scholarship may be made available to the next applicant.

Can I volunteer at the conference?

We welcome folks who are interested in being part of the conference as volunteers. Check back soon for more information.


How can I find out about visiting attractions in Oakland and the surrounding area?
Attendees are encouraged to visit the Visit Oakland website, Oakland’s official tourism site, to learn more about the conference city and all it has to offer. While attending the conference, attendees are welcome to visit the concierge desk at the Marriott for recommendations on restaurants and leisure activities.

My question is not listed here. Whom do I contact?
Please email for assistance.