Who belongs? It is a question at the heart of so many of the policy conversations and public debates we are having in California and all across the country today. Who belongs in the United States? Who belongs at our public universities? Who belongs in our democracy? Who belongs in our government budgets?
If the latest demographic data on the California population reveal anything, it’s the need to keep pushing for belonging for people and groups that historically have not had equal access or equal opportunities. Nearly four in 10 Californians (39%) are Latinos; in all, almost two-thirds are people of color. Ten million of us—or 27% of the population—are immigrants.
In this newsletter, you’ll read about good work that is happening across many fronts to make California a more inclusive state where belonging is reflected in our policies, institutions, systems, and public budgets.