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john a. powell

ED, Haas Inst. for a Fair & Inclusive Society

Professor john a. powell is Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (Haas Institute) and Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley. He previously was the director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University, and served as the founder and director of the Institute for Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota. Professor powell led the development of an “opportunity-based” model that connects affordable housing to racialized spaces in education, health, health care, and employment. A prolific author and speaker, john’s most recent book is Racing to Justice: Transforming our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society. john regularly consults with philanthropic organizations seeking to create agendas for racial equity and inclusion across multiple dimensions of difference. He serves on the Board of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE), the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC), and the TIDES Foundation. Professor powell also founded the American Values Institute, now the Perception Institute, which was one of the first consortiums to focus on implicit bias and the mind science outside the academy. More recently, professor powell has been looking at issues of marginality and structural inclusion through the lens of othering and belonging.

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