Diversity in Computing: Dr. Talitha Washington (Clark Atlanta University) on Empowering Data Science for Social Justice
The Barnard CSC is excited about our next Diversity in Computing Speaker, Dr. Talitha Washington, Professor of Mathematics at Clark Atlanta University.
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Empowering Data Science for Social Justice
Data science impacts every facet of our lives: from marketing to finance to voting to facial recognition to medical care. What happens if data science develops technology that amplifies societal biases and blatant racism? Talitha Washington will share her vision on how the STEM community might unite to bring true validity into data science.
Dr. Talitha Washington is the Director of the Atlanta University Center Data Science Initiative and a Professor of Mathematics at Clark Atlanta University. As Director, she oversees and provides strategic direction of data science across Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College to increase the number of African Americans with expertise in data science. Washington is a former Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and the Association for Women in Mathematics.
As part of the Year of Science @ Barnard College, the Vagelos Computational Science Center (CSC) is excited to announce our first Diversity in Computing Speaker Series. This series will run for the 2021–2022 academic year and will feature talks from scholars and practitioners in computational fields who explore what DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) looks like in STEM.
There is an urgent need to more fully consider the ethical and social implications of computing and its applications: for example, in designing addictive social media platforms or in using AI for facial or name recognition, which can lead to housing discrimination, racial biases in job hiring, or restrictions on personal freedoms through public and private surveillance.
To better understand how to counter these biases, this series rethinks STEM disciplines from the inside out. We invite one leader in a STEM field every month to speak about the work they are doing to diversify and broaden inclusion in their fields by either sharing their research, their experiences and initiatives in industry or academia, or their thoughts on how power structures within computing disciplines should be transformed to create more equitable systems.
This talk will take place online. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants shortly before the event.