If you could have dinner with 1 person who you regard as a leader, who would it be and why?

Barbara Lee since she is a strong, influential woman of color who passionately fights for our community and almost always stands on the right side of justice.

What motivates you to create social impact?

Growing up as a low income, black woman in America — a patriarchal, white supremacist, capitalist society — it is my duty to use my privilege to pave the way for my community to excel academically and economically.

Host Site Overview

The Dellums Institute for Social Justice seeks to apply and adapt strategies used in past social justice efforts to today’s greatest challenges to global peace and justice.

Host Site Project

The U.S. is facing an unprecedented housing crisis with an estimated 18.8 million people struggling to afford housing costs. Most of these people are not yet homeless but they live life under threat of eviction, stressed, and making trade-offs between housing and other basic needs. Nationally, the crisis is worst in California. The growth of tech, with the addition of 67,000 new jobs since 2010 in San Francisco alone, and the failure to build housing that meets the needs of the whole economy has made the Bay Area the epi-center of the crisis. San Francisco?s rents are the highest in the nation and Oakland?s rents are the 4th highest. The accelerating mass migration of lower income residents to outer suburbs is having severe impacts on ethnic diversity, health, education, and the environment. Equity tech leaders have invested in creating access for lower income youth of color to tech jobs and venture capital. Yet, this investment may be undermined when young people?s families are forced to move for housing they can afford. For example, Oakland?s children and youth population declined by 16.7% from 2000 to 2010. Additionally, it is harder for people to compete for and keep jobs in tech when they live further away from jobs and have to cope with longer commutes, transportation instability, and family responsibilities. This displacement also undermines societal efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and improve health and educational outcomes. Designing Bay Area solutions not only solves problems for Bay Area communities, but also creates a national model for sharing and replication.