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Activity Number: 49 - Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Field One Student at a Time
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Sunday, July 28, 2019 : 4:00 PM to 5:50 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics and Data Science Education
Abstract #300479 Presentation
Title: Bridging the Gap: Increasing Underrepresented Minority Representation in the Statistical Sciences
Author(s): Felicia R Simpson*
Companies: Winston-Salem State University
Keywords: diversity; underrepresented ; minority representation ; statistical sciences

There remains a serious lack of underrepresented minority representation in the statistical sciences. Professional statistical organizations have noted this need to increase diversity in the field and created initiatives in efforts to address it. The American Statistical Association (ASA), through its Committee on Minorities in Statistics, has created StatFest, which is a one day conference aimed at encouraging undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups to consider graduate studies and professional careers in statistical science. The Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society has created the Fostering Diversity in Biostatistics Workshop in efforts to introduce underrepresented high school and undergraduate students to biostatistics and create an environment for students interested in biostatistics to connect with professional biostatisticians in industry, government, and academia. I will discuss how these two initiatives play a major role in bridging the gap, building a community, and increasing diversity in the fields of statistics and biostatistics.

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