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

The Haas Institute brings together researchers, community stakeholders, policymakers, and communicators to identify and challenge the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society in order to create transformative change. 

Drawing upon Berkeley’s history of excellence in multidisciplinary research and engaged scholarship, the Haas Institute affiliated faculty are organized into seven research clusters and involves almost 75 faculty at UC Berkeley. 


Advance multidisciplinary research, analysis, policy, and narratives. Our research focuses on examines the structural and cultural impediments to opportunity that limit full inclusion and block the benefits derived from an equitable society. We address complex and intertwined issues holistically, cultivating research contributions and collaboration across fields.  Research is informed by understanding how structures and systems work across domains to produce exclusion and inequality, and inclusion and equality.

Build relationships among diverse groups and across disciplines. We align our research efforts with the needs of community organizers, policymakers, and other stakeholders. Community-centered collaborations help inform our research while our scholarship helps community partners and policymakers with strategies and policy, to increase ourmutual effectiveness at many levels. This type of relationship building moves beyond just coalitions toward deeper synergy, and is strengthened by time and interaction that ultimately yields a greater capacity to effect change.

Employ Strategic Communications to Illuminate Research and Impact Policy. To be most successful, we must engage the conscious mind and the unconscious mind, which is less empirical, less fact-driven, highly social, and more animated by stories, values, and metaphors. This communications work goes beyond mere messaging to engage in a battle of big ideas, to take command of how a debate, such as the entire concept of public space or austerity, is framed in public discourse, in order to and to construct and employ new narratives.

Make  a Difference. Our work aims to change the very nature of interdisciplinary research, breaking down barriers that keep researchers in silos, so that we may contribute to a cultural shift in the academy. Our model allows us to work not only in a different way but also at a different scale — countering a lack of capacity that has made many of our most important efforts seem intractable.  Our resources are also devoted to a few “game changers”— issues that if won or lost will have a profound impact on society. 


Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society
UC Berkeley
460 Stephens Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-2330