ECONOMIC DISPARITIES Distinguished Cluster Chair of Economic Disparities, and Professor of Public Policy and Economics Hilary Hoynes met with President Obama and a small group of five other economists on Friday, March 20 to discuss "Inequality, Wages and the Future of Work." We commend Professor Hoynes for her involvement in discussing one of the major issues of our times with the President.
GOVERNMENT ALLIANCE ON RACE AND EQUITY The City of Oakland is considering the creation of a new Department of Race and Equity. Haas Senior Fellow and Director of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity Julie Nelson was invited to share information about the opportunities for local and regional government to proactively advance racial equity at the Life Enrichment Committee meeting on February 24, 2015. According to Nelson, the power of such a department is to work across all functions and layers of government to address the underlying drivers of inequity, treating the causes and not just the symptoms.
Some of the initial responsibilities of the new department would include developing and implementing a racial equity impact review tool; developing a community engagement design; and conducting citywide training on racial equity so that all staff are equipped with the understanding and tools to do their routine jobs in a way that proactively advances racial equity. City Council is expected to vote on the legislation authorizing the new department in May.
IN THE MEDIA
Race and the Criminalization of Poverty
In a new blog post appearing in Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, john a. powell writes about the criminalization of poverty and race.
Prof. powell notes: "Ameliorating the racial wealth gap, which is a product of this ongoing discrimination, is a daunting task. But other researchers and I, at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, emphasize six evidence-based policy solutions that can help reverse rising inequality, close economic disparities among subgroups, and enhance economic mobility for all: increasing the minimum wage, expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, building assets for working families, investing in education, making the tax code more progressive, and ending residential segregation." The full article is available as a webpage and as a PDF download.
Racial Ideology and the Backstory of the Incarceration of Japanese Americans
During World War II, why did so many Americans accept the mass incarceration of 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, two-thirds of whom were American citizens? The Haas Institute's Associate Director Michael Omi will discuss this topic as well as the discriminatory practices and policies that forced incarceration on Japanese Americans during and after the war. This arts and culture event at Berkeley City Club will take place on April 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets here.
Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series with Justice Albie Sachs
Albie Sachs is a noted human rights activist and former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
Thursday, April 9, 2015: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm SOFT VENGEANCE is a film about Albie Sachs, a lawyer, writer, art lover and freedom fighter, set against the dramatic events leading to the overthrow of the apartheid regime in South Africa. Albie and film maker Abby Ginzberg will be present for a Q&A after the screening.
RSVP here: https://berkeleylaw.wufoo.com/forms/soft-vengeance/
Friday, April 10, 2015: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Albie Sachs will deliver a lecture on “The Sacred and the Secular: Same-Sex Marriage in South Africa.” Ten years ago South Africa’s Constitutional Court was asked to decide if the failure of the law to permit same-sex couples to marry was compatible with the country’s new democratic Constitution. He will speak about the issues dealt with in his opinion, as well as the dissenting view presented on one aspect of the case by his colleague Justice Kate O’Regan.
Registration is almost full. We are exploring overflow alternatives and will be updating the website with information closer to the event. If registration sells out, on-site registration will be offered for an overflow space for all the keynote and plenary sessions.
Correction: In an email to our Othering and Belonging Conference registrants we sent a query on what "possible accommodations" would be needed and we mistakenly put wheelchair access in that list. The conference is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair accessibility is never a matter of special request, not only for this event, but for every public place. We apologize for the miscommunication.
APRIL 29-MAY 1
How do we move from talking about inequality to solving it? The Color of Wealth Summit will discuss solutions. Washington DC, U.S. Capitol Complex. Registration Now Open!
Seeking Graduate Student Researcher for Summer 2015
Berkeley Food Institute, Haas Institute, and Goldman School of Public Policy The role of the GSR is to provide research support and to write a policy brief coming out of a workshop on May 29, 2015 on “The Future of SNAP? Improving Nutrition Policy to Ensure Health and Food Equity.” Learn more about this position. Applications due April 15, 2015. To apply, submit a cover letter, CV and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation: China Study Abroad Program for STEM Students
In 2014 the CBCF launched its China Study Abroad program to help expand learning and professional opportunities for African-American students in an era of increasing globalization. The CBCF Emerging Leaders: US-China Study Delegation is designed to provide black students with the opportunity to learn about China’s history, culture, development, and language during a two-week visit to China.
This program is especially geared toward students who have not traveled abroad in the past and may be less able or likely to participate in study-abroad programs. Please note the deadline is fast approaching. Learn more about this opportunity and apply today!