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Supporting Communities through “Equitable Data” with Denice Ross, US Chief Data Scientist

March 30, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT

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The Brown Institute for Media Innovation is pleased to host a visit to Columbia University by the U.S. Chief Data Scientist Denice Ross and Deputy U.S. Chief Data Scientist Dominique Duval-Diop. In a lecture on March 30, Ross and Duval-Diop will introduce the idea of “equitable data.” Through the Equitable Data Working Group, they have been tasked to “identify inadequacies and areas of improvement within Federal data and outline a strategy for increasing data available for measuring equity and representing the diversity of the American people and their experiences” (from their report A Vision for Equitable Data,” in April 2022).

Join Ross and Duval-Diop as they discuss equitable data, its relationship to open data, and the opportunities for researchers and journalists.

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About the Speaker
Denice Ross serves as the U.S. Chief Data Scientist and leads the Biden-Harris Administration efforts on equitable data. Previously, she led a multidisciplinary group of stakeholders to coordinate support for a high-quality census, and co-authored the data series “Pandemic to Prosperity,” with a special focus on Southern states and their path to an equitable recovery. Her experience in open government includes co-founding the White House Police Data Initiative to increase transparency and accountability in the Obama-Biden administration and establishing the City of New Orleans’ first open data initiative under Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Prior to government, Denice co-directed a non-profit data intermediary, tracking the city’s recovery from Katrina through the definitive New Orleans Index. She brought a data-driven approach to numerous post-Katrina community planning initiatives and co-founded the first new childcare center after the storm. Denice holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona and a masters degree in Energy Policy & Climate from Johns Hopkins University.


March 30, 2023
11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
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Brown Institute @ Columbia
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