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William Form Lecture with Diana Elliott

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Dr. Diana Elliott (SOCY PhD 2008) will deliver the 12th William Form Lecture on Friday, March 31, 2023. Dr. Elliott's talk is titled "Advancing Equity in the Absence of Equitable Data."


Equity is an important part of the Administration’s agenda and agencies and localities will need help assessing equity in their policies and priorities. On his first day in office, President Biden signed Executive Order 13985, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government. Equity assessments are currently happening throughout the federal government. But what happens if the data undergirding your assumptions and resulting policies aren’t equitable from the start? In this talk, I will discuss some of the challenges with present-day data collection in the Federal government, my work to estimate limitations in the 2020 Census and its impact on equity for different groups and states, and ways that stakeholders are countering these challenges.


Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building

Room 2309


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