john a. powell

At this transformational moment when the politics of hate, extremism, exclusion and othering threaten the very fabric

john is an internationally recognized expert in civil rights and civil liberties, race, structural racialization, structural inclusion, ethnicity, housing, poverty, and democracy. He’s the Executive Director of the esteemed Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley. The Institute brings together researchers and scholars, community partners, strategic communicators, and policymakers to identify and eliminate the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society and to create transformative change toward a more equitable world. In addition to being a Professor of Law and Professor of African American Studies and Ethnic Studies, john holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion.

john has given two keynotes and other talks at the Bioneers conference, and we collaborated to help support the landmark “Othering and Belonging” conference he founded two years ago, and which will take place again this spring. The event is a “don’t-miss” – a profoundly important gathering and platform. Bioneers is also a signatory to the New Social Compact created by the Haas Institute.

Previously, john served as Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. He founded and directed the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota. He has taught at numerous law schools, including Harvard and Columbia University. He is the author of several books, including “Racing to Justice: Transforming our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society.” He has worked in nations across the globe, including South Africa, France, the U.K., Taiwan, and Sweden, among others.

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