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ICDS Diversity & Data Science Symposium

Data science techniques have revolutionized many scientific disciplines, enabling new insight and discoveries. This Symposium will explore the intersection of data science and diversity with a goal of enhancing diversity and inclusion. To achieve this, multiple communities will be brought together — from data scientists, to industry leaders, to academics working across disciplines — who are interested in laying the groundwork for a future in which big data and artificial intelligence are utilized to achieve equity. 

Speakers from across the U.S. will discuss issues ranging from quantifying and contextualizing diversity-related issues to examining approaches that have and haven’t worked. Through this Symposium, the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences — in partnership with Penn State’s Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity and the Center for Social Data Analytics — aims to spur new collaborations and identify cutting-edge approaches that can enhance diversity at Penn State and in higher education across the country.

Symposium themes

The Symposium will include ten short talks around the following themes:

  • Can we agree on the goal?
  • Quantifying the challenge
  • Contextualizing the challenge
  • Analyzing approaches that didn’t work
  • Approaches that can work

For more information and to read abstracts, view the agenda webpage.

Symposium Details

Harnessing the Data Revolution to Enhance Diversity
March 16-17
1:00-3:30 p.m. ET each day
Virtual Symposium


Registration is now open!


Co-Sponsors and Planning Committee

The Symposium is being hosted by ICDS and is co-sponsored by Penn State’s Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity and the Center for Social Data Analytics.

A planning committee of faculty from multiple Penn State campuses and colleges is organizing the programming for the event.