Olivia Araiza

Program director, Network for Transformative Change
Othering and Belonging Institute, UC Berkeley
Olivia Araiza is director of the Network for Transformative Change. She supports a new paradigm-shifting platform of individuals and institutions dedicated to aligning movements to transform our most pressing societal issues. Olivia was the director of Justice Matters in Oakland, CA. She brought together her background as a daughter/sister of immigrants, mother, community organizer and policy analyst. She dedicated herself to changing the conditions communities of color experience in public schools by combining public policy analysis with community organizing for educational justice. Olivia coordinated the ACLU Driving While Black and Brown Campaign and organized for police accountability for PUEBLO.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Flipping the Script: Developing and Deploying a Strategic Narrative for Transformative Change

The session is an interactive workshop on: 1) deconstructing the dominant societal narrative on race, individualism, the role of government and the role of the market; 2) constructing a progressive strategic narrative that centers racial justice, challenges structural racism and white supremacy, promotes government responsibility for the needs of all people and fosters the development of shared identities and inclusion; 3) creating an infrastructure across racial and ethnic communities and across issue areas that share the common strategic narrative that seeks to influence identities and worldviews.

The session is based upon the work of the Blueprint for Belonging (B4B) Project, a California-wide project which was initiated by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, UC Berkeley with partner organizations, including Mobilize the Immigrant Vote, CHIRLA, California Calls, PICO California, SEIU California, ACCE and over 20 other organizations, and has engaged in a three-year process to develop and deploy a progressive strategic narrative capable of contending with the dominant narrative and its underlying worldview.

Speakers: Gerald Lenoir, Olivia Araiza