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GIS for Equity and Social Justice - February 26, 2020

Feb 26 - 27, 2020 · Seattle, United States of America

Overview

This workshop will serve as an introduction to recent trends and practices related to using GIS for equity and social justice (ESJ). We will explore critical race theory (CRT) and trends in critical race spatial analysis. We will review recent literature and academic programs around the topic of GIS for ESJ. Most importantly we will outline best practices for GIS professionals in doing GIS for ESJ work. This includes creating a data/mapping/application support framework both for their own work and to support the work of non-GIS professionals.

Audience

GIS professionals interested in ESJ work.
GIS professionals are guided by the GIS Code of Ethics , which exist to “help professionals make appropriate and ethical choices,” to consider the impact of their work on society. For hundreds of years mapping has sometimes been a tool for creating and preserving inequity. During the past 25 years there have been some uses of GIS for issues related to equity or social justice.

ESJ practitioners interested in using GIS for ESJ planning, analysis and program monitoring.
ESJ practitioners who are not GIS professionals will become the largest community doing ESJ work with GIS. These non-GIS professionals include those who work for agencies, non-profits, and NGO’s with an ESJ mission, as well as government policy professionals who want to use GIS to support an ESJ lens for developing upstream agency policies.

Agenda and Topics Covered

  • Introduction and grounding exercise
  • Why GIS for equity and social justice (with class exercise)
  • Understanding how maps and GIS can be used to create long-term inequity
  • Critical race theory (with class exercise)
  • Principles of equity and social justice
  • How upstream policies impact downstream outcomes
  • The role of public policy
  • GIS code of ethics and moral imperative
  • The role of GIS professionals
  • Critical race spatial analysis
  • How GIS and maps can expose oppression and inequity
  • The role of ESJ practitioners
  • Best practices for GIS professionals doing ESJ work (with open discussion)
  • How GIS can be used to manage and monitor pro-equity policies (demo Esri-King County ESJ dashboard)
  • Examples of public agencies with ESJ policy priorities
  • Educational resources for GIS professionals
  • The URISA GIS for ESJ workgroup
  • Bibliography and acknowledgements
  • Final discussion, evaluation, and call to action

Recommendations

Familiarity with GIS tools, such as ArcGIS or QGIS, and business analytics tools, such as Tableau, Power BI, or Insights.

What You Will Receive

  • 4 hours of instruction from a subject-matter expert
  • Use of a student PC while in class, with appropriate GIS software and access to training data.
  • A copy of the class training material.
  • Upon completion, a signed Completion Certificate which will indicate the CEUs (0.4) and GISCI points (0.1) earned.

Our Students Speak

"This was interesting and informative."

"Well done…this was useful…a ton of information."

"Great introduction to this topic."

KCGIS Training Terms and Conditions

By registering for one of our classes, you agree to our Terms and Conditions; you may review them here: http://www.kingcounty.gov/services/gis/training/TermsConditions.aspx .



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  • King County GIS Center

    About the KCGIS Center The King County GIS Center manages the King County Geographic Information System (KCGIS), King County’s cooperative, multi-department, enterprise GIS. The GIS Center provides efficient, high-quality GIS leadership, coordination, infrastructure, training, and services to meet the business needs of our customers and clients within King County and the communities we serve. The GIS Training Express Program is King County's multi-faceted approach to providing both standardized and custom

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