Othering & Belonging 2017
April 30–May 2, 2017
Oakland, California

We hope you can join this international network of diverse actors rooted in a common framework for realizing a fair and inclusive society. 

The Othering & Belonging Conference is a dynamic gathering over 2.5 days of a diverse group of attendees, visionary speakers, exhibiting artists, leading scholars, and emerging changemakers who will be together in a focused space to advance concrete strategies and aspirational visions for a world centered on inclusion. 


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


Eduardo Vega
Eduardo Vega is CEO of Dignity Recovery Action! International, a consulting and technical assistance collective focused on social change, social justice and behavioral health systems transformation fueled by the “lived experience” of people who have been there. An internationally recognized thought leader in recovery-oriented programs and policy, consumer/user engagement, stigma reduction, men’s health and suicide prevention, Vega’s work as a change agent and innovator continues to drive the forefront of change for mental health worldwide.  



“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.

 Register here to attend or sign up here for our mailing list to receive updates about the conference.


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.