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Activity Number: 273 - Show Me the Data: Making Statistics and Data Science More Diverse and Inclusive in 2020
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 : 1:00 PM to 2:50 PM
Sponsor: Committee on Women in Statistics
Abstract #313011
Title: Cocreating and Recreating an Inclusive Statistical and Data Sciences Program at Smith College
Author(s): Randi Garcia* and Fatima Keita
Companies: Smith College and Smith College
Keywords: Inclusion; Diversity; Data Ethics; Data Science Education; Women; Undergraduate Education

Data is presented showing the growth in popularity of the Statistical and Data Sciences (SDS) major at Smith College. We also share our changing student demographics and the results of a survey of students of color’s experiences in SDS. We describe the steps we have taken to create, with students, an inclusive curriculum and community. First, as designed, students may begin their major in SDS at many points and there are many pathways through the major. Second, recently we added the ability to assess data ethics as a major learning goal. In support of this goal, we have brought a diverse group of speakers to campus to speak on ethical issues. Lastly, we describe ongoing efforts students of color in our program are making to create effective channels of communication with the program faculty. Creating a safe, supportive environment for students of color in SDS has been long overdue. This was the main motivating factor for the recent creation of the new student group, the SDS Coalition of Color (SDSCC). The goal of SDSCC is twofold: 1) to initiate a network of support for students of color in SDS and 2) foster greater collaboration with SDS faculty to ensure POC voices are heard.

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