MAY 21, 2015
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Implicit Bias


The New Racial Order

"We cannot move towards our goals of fairness and equality until we find ways to nurture the alignment of our unconscious with our conscious values," said Haas Institute Director john a. powell in a recent article titled "Understanding Our New Racial Reality Starts with the Unconscious," part of a a new series produced by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

Implicit Bias in Philanthropy

A special series published this week by the National Committee for Responsible Philanthropy examines the role of implicit bias in the way our philanthropic systems operate. "The power and efficacy of philanthropic work may be limited by subconscious processes that work to reinforce structural barriers to equality," said powell in "Implicit Bias and Its Role in Philanthropy and Grantmaking."  powell offers nine strategies to help improve the outcomes of implicit bias.

For more on implicit bias, also see our report co-produced with the Perception Institute.

Research to Policy: Research by UC Berkeley's Hilary Hoynes Part of New White House Report on Rural Child Poverty

Hilary Hoynes HeadshotResearch from Hilary Hoynes, Haas Institute Economic Disparities faculty cluster leader, was a primary piece of the new White House Report "Opportunity For All: Fighting Rural Child Poverty." Hoynes' research highlighted that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) increases employment among single mothers and that the "credit can further benefit children by improving health outcomes in infanthood and improving academic performance when children are in elementary and middle school." Earlier this spring, Hoynes was part of a cohort of experts that briefed President Obama on these matters. 

Legal Framing: Same-Sex Marriage Bans

Haas Institute Assistant Director Stephen Menendian recently penned a blog post on the Obergefell v. Hodges case which questions if same-sex marriage bans discriminate against members of the LGBTQ community. An oral argument given during the case by Chief Justice John Roberts could set an alternate path for future discussions and cases about LGBTQ civil rights issues. Menendian explains the significance of this new argument, and what it could mean down the road. 
Destiny Youth Group at Othering & Belonging Conference
Many of 
our videos of keynotes and dialogues from the Othering & Belonging Conference are now available online. For those who attended, we would greatly appreciate your feedback—please fill out the short and simple conference evaluation or please share your thoughts on othering and belonging through our Connect page.
May 22

Pacific and Western Disability Studies Symposium: Connecting Disability Studies, Disability Justice, and Disability Arts

University of Washington, Seattle
Susan Schweik, co-leader of the Haas Institute's Disabilites Studies cluster, will give the keynote address at the Pacific and Western Disability Studies Symposium. Her talk, entitled "A Feather in a Hurricane and the Law of Falling Bodies: Disability Research and the Politics of Storytelling," is part of this event examining how disability studies can make connections to allies in other disciplines and across educational institutions, and with disability communities and cultural activism in disability justice. Contact for more information.
May 27

Greece: Austerity, Debt, and the European Union Institutions
The Haas Institute will host a brown bag on "Greece: Austerity, Debt, and the European Union Institutions" from 12:00pm - 1:00pm at 460 Stephens Hall. As austerity in the Euro-zone continues to cause regressive cuts to social programs and the privatization of public enterprises, many working and middle classes (especially in Europe’s peripheries) are experiencing increased unemployment, an erosion of wealth, and suicides. To engage these critical questions, Vassilis Popotas, financial expert, will reflect on the dilemma of the European elite and the European debt crisis. He will address: how the crisis affected Greece; how we can better understand the debt deflation phenomenon; and, the potential outcome of the European crisis.

June 10
Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope
The Haas Institute will host a brown bag on what capitalism is and at how it is reproduced based on Cynthia Kaufman's book Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope. Kaufman—who will be present at the event—conceptualizes capitalism as a set of practices constituted by several key forms of agency, and will show how that understanding can help us know which crucial forms of action to take to build just and sustainable economies. Presenting many alternatives to capitalism, she explores strategies for developing and strengthening those alternatives. This event runs from 12:00pm - 1:30pm at 460 Stephens Hall. 
Research Assistant in Economic Policy
The Haas Institute is seeking a part-time graduate level research assistant to conduct data analysis of industries, wages, and regional economic structures in California. The RA will work on research related to structure of sectors, industries, and wages at the local, regional, and state level in California. In addition to research, the RA will also be brought into the planning and coordination of meetings and events involving policy makers, community organizers, and advocates.  Assignments may also include outreach, logistical support, and note taking during the meetings. See the full job description. To Apply: Send resume, letter of interest (no more than two pages) to

Research Assistant: Law

Berkeley Law professor john a. powell, also Director of the Haas Institute, is seeking to hire two law student research assistants. RAs may work on research regarding: civil rights and human rights, racial and economic segregation, sexual orientation, religion, disability, gender, housing law, questions pertaining to the 14th Amendment, immigration and citizenship. RAs may assist in legal analysis, legal research, preparation of presentations, conferences and other engagements, writing projects including book chapters, journal articles, and bibliographic reviews. Full job description can be found here. To Apply: Send resume, letter of interest (no more than two pages), and writing sample to Alyson Reimer at
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