Committee Details

Anti-Racism Task Force


The creation of the American Statistical Association’s Anti-Racism Task Force was motivated by a deep-seated concern over racial injustices that exist in our society, which spill over into our work and contributions as statisticians, data scientists, and quantitative researchers. The Task Force understands the enormity of the problem and the limits of our ability to change the existence of racism in our society. However, we are committed to making the Association more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive by identifying ways in which the Association’s leadership, organizational structure, policies, practices, membership, outreach efforts, and guidance on the responsible use of statistics can advance racial justice by becoming more anti-racist.

We take a broad view on race and racism, moving beyond the mere social categorization and psychological construct that assigns social value based on racial group membership. Our definition of race is inclusive of ethnic groups whose biological, cultural, or nationality features are used to diminish or amplify their social status. As such, our definition of racism includes all behaviors, ideologies, traditions, policies, or practices that create inequitable outcomes and experiences between racial/ethnic groups—regardless of intention.

The task force’s efforts will help to drive positive cultural change inside and outside of the Association by promoting alignment of the association’s activities to its stated position on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

For each component of the charge below, the task force will provide a report of findings and recommendations on how the Association may advance towards our justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion vision.

With these ideas and guidance as their working framework, the Anti-Racism task force will:

  • Review the Association’s infrastructure, policies, allocation of resources, and procedures to determine if implicit or explicit racism exist and how the existence of such conflicts with the Association’s position on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion have harmed marginalized groups.
  • Assess the communications and activities of all ASA groups that provide services, benefits, or support to key stakeholders for the presence of racism. Key stakeholders include the Association’s members, other associations, and the public..
  • Catalog the ways through which statistics and data science can contribute to racism and propose mechanisms through which the Association will inform the public on the responsible use of statistics and data science to support anti-racists systems and institutions within our society.

Questions? Want to get involved? Contact Adrian Coles


The Anti-Racism Task Force has 22 member(s), and 1 liaison(s).

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Coles, Adrian
Chair (2020 - 2021)
Marker, David A.
Co-Chair (2020 - 2021)
Benn, Emma K.T.
Member (2020 - 2021)
Butler, Emily Lynn
Member (2020 - 2021)
Doganaksoy, Necip
Member (2020 - 2021)
Echevarria-Cruz, Samuel
Member (2020 - 2021)
Hadley, Emily
Member (2020 - 2021)
Halabi, Susan
Member (2020 - 2021)
Harel, Ofer
Member (2020 - 2021)
Jackson, Monica C.
Member (2020 - 2021)
Mannshardt, Elizabeth
Member (2020 - 2021)
Martinez, Wendy L.
Member (2020 - 2021)
Ott, Miles Q.
Member (2020 - 2021)
Roy, Dooti
Member (2020 - 2021)
Samuelson, Douglas A.
Member (2020 - 2021)
Wahed, Abdus S.
Member (2020 - 2021)
Wiley, Erin A.
Member (2020 - 2021)
Wilson, David C.
Member (2020 - 2021)
Yang, Jenny
Member (2020 - 2021)
Ziliak, Stephen T.
Member (2020 - 2021)

Wasserstein, Ronald L.

Staff Liaison (2020 - 2021)

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