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ITPers Attend Data for Black Lives Conference

Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017

On November 18-19th, four ITP students (Jaycee Holmes, Stephanie Chambers, Terrick Gutierrez and Ari Melenciano) as well as an alumnus (Sharon de la Cruz), who are all also a part of the BlackITP coalition, attended the inaugural Data for Black Lives conference held at the MIT Media Lab. Data for Black Lives is a group of activists, organizers, and mathematicians committed to the mission of using data science to create concrete and measurable change in the lives of Black people.

The ITP students were able to engage in discussions that surrounded racial equity through the intersection of livelihood design and data collection; discuss their work at ITP; build relationships with a vast amount of people working in these areas; as well as continue their research and planning on a similar event they are building at ITP, NYU called, Afrotectopia.