Data for Social Impact: Racial and Economic Justice
12:30 – 1:00pm EDT | 9:30 – 10:00am PDT – OPENING SESSION AND WELCOME
TechSoup and ParsonsTKO leaders discuss the inaugural Data Strategy Mentorship Program and why we need programs like this.
1:00 – 2:00pm EDT | 10:00 – 11:00am PDT – PROGRAM PRESENTATIONS
Hear directly from the mentorship participants as they share key findings on their topics. Take the conversation to social: #Data4Impact
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 871 3514 8171 | Passcode: 985639
2:00 – 2:30pm EDT | 11:00 – 11:30am PDT – BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Concurrent breakout sessions with each of the five project teams will build upon the program presentations, discussing methodology and offering an opportunity for Q&A. In addition, Stefan Byrd-Krueger, Chief Analytics Officer at ParsonsTKO, will lead a sixth breakout focused on lessons from the Data Strategy Mentorship Program (this session is for institutions wanting to boost the nonprofit sector’s data capabilities).
2:30 – 3:00pm EDT | 11:30am – 12:00pm PDT – BREAKOUT SESSIONS
All above sessions will repeat to provide an opportunity to participate in more than one discussion.
Zoom links for each session included below with their descriptions.
Project Descriptions and Breakout Zoom Links
The Impact of Diversity in Higher Education
The Diversity in Higher Education Research Project looks at publicly available California (CA) college admissions data and CA income trend data to analyze the effects of race-neutral college admissions. By contextualizing our research around Prop 209, which has banned affirmative action in CA since 1996, and the upcoming resolution, ACA 5, which would repeal Prop 209, we hope to provide a glimpse into the messy world of affirmative action and provide insight on whether affirmative action has a place in our society.
Take the conversation to social: #Data4ImpactED
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 826 5568 6533 | Passcode: 105414
Police Funding in America
The Defund the Police movement calls into question the ballooning of police budgets and whether to redirect that funding to social services. The goal for this project is to conduct research and analysis around police spending and crime metrics. We compile data across states, allowing us to see relationships between police spending, crime, race, and income. With this, we hope to inform public policy and the broader cultural debate on what police funding actually looks like in their state and country.
Take the conversation to social: #Data4ImpactPolice
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 842 7714 7421 | Passcode: 011990
Sentiment Analysis of the Black Lives Matter Movement
Black Lives Matter, Always” (“BLM, Always”) is a sentiment analysis of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in the month following George Floyd’s murder. The BLM, Always Team used an interdisciplinary approach, combining Natural Language Processing and data visualization with academic and historical literary research. The team’s three main areas of interest are currently: the history of the BLM movement, the life-cycle and geographic range of the response to the mass protests (on Twitter and Google), and the resulting sentiments surrounding BLM and related topics.
The resulting insights from BLM, Always document the events of Summer 2020 with consideration to current discussions around racial injustice, online activism, and intersectional action ― with an overarching goal to support and promote ongoing activist efforts.
The team’s work can be viewed at blmalways.org.
Take the conversation to social: #Data4ImpactBLM
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 854 6913 0521 | Passcode: 846015
Urban Inequities in Air Quality
Air quality in U.S. cities is often heterogeneous, as is the distribution of its populations along socio-economic groups, and race. The legacy of red-lining and zoning laws is one of contemporary segregation, and also environmental racism, including the way factories, highways, treatment plants, docks etc. impact nearby communities of color (which, as one CA representative described how her community was perceived, living in a “wasteland” with a “disposable population”).
This team’s analysis focuses on Seattle and creates a data narrative told mostly through maps and will link the city’s history of red-lining with current air pollution and health trends. Our call to action will be to suggest where to prioritize expanding monitoring coverage in areas at risk, by leveraging the county clean air agency’s air sensor lending program, and support ongoing/planned research at the community-level.
Take the conversation to social: #Data4ImpactAir
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 891 1389 1676 | Passcode: 730721
Water Consumption in the Textile Industry
This project consisted of researching the textile industry and how it is affecting India’s water quality. We were interested in learning more about the environmental impact and the economic consequences of the textile industry behaviors and patterns. This analysis consisted of analyzing four different datasets, including metrics such as water temperature and chemicals present in water. The project emphasizes the importance of regulation in the textile industry and its wastewater disposal, including insights into how India’s GDP and economy is in jeopardy if actions are not taken. With their presentation, the team hopes to influence other individuals and consumers to be more considerate of where they purchase their clothing and textile products from.
Take the conversation to social: #Data4ImpactWater
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 856 7692 3131 | Passcode: 838951
Why We Ran this Program: Insights on Non-Profit Data
Stefan Byrd-Krueger, Chief Analytics Officer, ParsonsTKO will lead a breakout focused on lessons from the Data Strategy Mentorship Program (this session is for institutions wanting to boost the nonprofit sector’s data capabilities).
Take the conversation to social: #Data4Impact
Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 828 6034 6960 | Passcode: 135624