OCT 26, 2016
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Haas Institute New Partner on Racial Equity Fellowship Program funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies

We are thrilled and honored to announce we are a partner with the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity, an ambitious new 10-year, $60 million leadership initiative for courageous and creative leaders dedicated to dismantling anti-black racism in the United States and South Africa, two nations with deep and enduring legacies of racial exclusion and violence. The Haas Institute is one of “five renowned champions of racial equity” that conceived, designed, and will lead the program, according to an announcement released yesterday by The Atlantic Philanthropies and Columbia University. The Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity program, which will be hosted by Columbia, will support 350 fellows over its 10-year lifespan, annually supporting up to 35 fellows from the United States and South Africa. In addition to the Haas Institute, program activities in the United States will be carried out in partnership with Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity, Center for Community Change, and NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The Nelson Mandela Foundation will coordinate programming in South Africa. The Haas Institute and UC Berkeley will also receive additional resources from Atlantic that will be specifically devoted to multi-disciplinary research and undergraduate student fellowships. Learn more about this exciting new work.

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Religious Diversity Research Cluster Hosting Two-Day Conference on Religious Pluralism with International Scholars

The "Democracy and Religious Pluralism in India, Pakistan, and Turkey" event will be the second convening in the Religious Toleration and Plural Democracies project, which examines the renegotiation of the relationship between religious actors and democratic institutions to identify and promote a culture of coexistence within democratic societies. The conference, featuring Haas Institute Religious Diversity cluster chair and new UC Berkeley faculty Karen Barkey, was organized by the Haas Institute's Religious Diversity faculty cluster, whose goal is to understand the ways that religious diversity affects inclusiveness, fairness, tolerance, conflict and other aspects of social cohesiveness, health and well-being. More information can be found here.

New Chief of Staff Joins the Haas Institute

Puanani ForbesWe're thrilled to welcome our new Chief of Staff Puanani Forbes to the Haas Institute. In the newly created position, Puanani will take on the critical role of expanding the Institute’s infrastructure. In this role, she will be overseeing and developing budgets as well as working alongside senior leadership to facilitate strategic initiatives that will help us grow. Puanani comes to the Institute with a highly diverse background in increasingly demanding senior positions over the last 20 years. After receiving a BA in Sociology from Pitzer College and a Masters from Brandeis University in Sustainable International Development, Puanani began her career as a labor organizer for Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union Local 11 in Los Angeles. She eventually moved into international development work, serving as a program manager with non-governmental organizations World Food Programme and Save the Children. Puanani’s experience complements the vision of the Institute and her organizational leadership will add much value to our organization. Welcome, Puanani!

Obama’s People and The African Americans:
The Language of Othering

In a new blog post, our Director john a. powell examines the history of the naming Black Americans over the years. powell said, "Most of these names were imposed on us, but not all. For a people to be whole, they must participate in their naming. After being called blacks in a derogatory manner by the white community for years, we reclaimed that term and began referring to ourselves as Black, an effort to embrace and define ourselves." powell emphasizes the recent connotations associated with the Black community in this Presidential election cycle. "When Donald Trump refers to “the African Americans,” his use of the word “the” attempts to put Black Americans into one subordinate, monolithic category. Language matters because when used as rhetoric it can have a purposeful smoke-and-mirrors effect, shielding more pressing issues that need our attention." Read his perspective

Facing Race National Conference

Facing Race Logo in Purple on a Black backgroundNovember 10th, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EST
Atlanta, GA

We are pleased to partner with Race Forward and the Center for Social Inclusion on the "Inclusive Democracy” track at the Facing Race National Conference, to be held in Atlanta, Georgia on November 10–12. Workshops and panels in the Inclusive Democracy track will feature innovative policies, practices, research, and narratives that support governing for racial equity. Read moreAttend the conference

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