Fostering Belonging Individually and Structurally Series
About the series
The Fostering Belonging Individually and Structurally series features three videos and accompanying webinars on belonging: what it means, what it looks like, and how we can create belonging as individuals with structural impact.
Hosted by Welcoming America, the videos feature prominent leaders and experts on fostering belonging in communities. Each video will be accompanied by webinars that are open to the public and will explore how we can combat “othering” in our personal relationships, group interactions, and environment.
Part 1: Belonging as the antidote to othering
In this video, john a. powell, Director of the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley, provides an overview of the concepts of othering and belonging, including examples of how we fail to see others as fully human. Through these examples, powell encourages us to address tensions as individuals, in groups, and at the national and institutional levels.
Want to hear more and discuss what you learned? Watch the accompanying webinar "Overview of Othering & Belonging" from October 14 featuring the following speakers:
- Zulma Maciel, Office of Racial Equity, City of San Jose, CA
- Dr. Linda Tropp, University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Trang Truong-Hill, YMCA of the USA
- Rachel Perić, Welcoming America
Part 2: Interpersonal othering and belonging
In this video, John Sarrouf of the organization Essential Partners asks: Why does belonging matter? How do we as bridge builders create spaces of real belonging? Sarrouf shares possible solutions through trust-building, shared conversations, and examinations of our individual complexities.
Want to hear more and discuss what you learned? Register for the accompanying webinar "Interpersonal Othering & Belonging" on October 21 from 2:30-4 p.m. EST featuring the following speakers:
- Jen Bailey, The Faith Matters Network
- Emily Baird-Chrisohon, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition
- Kara Gebre, Refugee And Immigrant Services & Education
Part 3: Structural othering & belonging
Judy Heumann, a prominent disability rights activist who was featured in the Netflix documentary “Crip Camp”, shares her lessons on belonging as a person living with disabilities and how society’s structures can both “other” and foster belonging in this conversation with Rachel Perić, executive director of Welcoming America.
Want to hear more and discuss what you learned? Register for the accompanying webinar "Interpersonal Othering & Belonging" on October 28 from 2:30-4 p.m. EST featuring the following speakers:
- Milzy Carrasco, City of Lancaster, PA
- Tonika Johnson, The Folded Map Project
- Dani Peterson, Trust for Public Land