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University Libraries offers new inclusive data workshop series

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The University Libraries is hosting an inclusive data workshop series that will discuss Census 2020 data, how to use it, and its impact on public policy surrounding inclusion and diversity. All workshops are open to anyone, regardless of research experience.

Inclusive Data: Census 2020 Data in a Changing America will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 20, Newman Library 207A or Zoom. Registration is required.

What's in the 2020 Census and other data from the U.S. Census Bureau and how can they affect lives around the U.S.? Join demographer and Virginia Projections Program Manager Shonel Sen and Virginia Tech Social Science Data Consultant Nathaniel Porter to find out.

This workshop digs into how Census data and the U.S. population are changing, with a focus on data and impacts related to historically marginalized groups. It is open to anyone and will focus on translating sometimes arcane research methodology and findings to help non-specialists better understand Census data and its impact.

Inclusive Data: Finding and Using U.S. Census Bureau Data will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 20, Newman Library 207A or Zoom. Registration is required.

The U.S. Census and American Community Survey are both among the largest collections of U.S. survey data, providing unparalleled detail about small racial groups and sparsely populated areas.

This workshop provides interactive demonstrations and activities using the U.S. Census data portal to answer real questions using recent data from the Census Bureau. It also discusses challenges in working with Census data and alternative ways to access and interact with the data. Laptops will be available for those who do not bring their own.

Data Represent!: Diversity and Inclusion Challenges in the U.S. Census will be held from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 22, University Libraries Twitch Channel.

Data Represent! is an occasional series of streaming panels where data experts chat and respond to audience questions about diversity and inclusion issues in data and how they can impact our lives. The pilot episode tackles the U.S. Census and its long history of controversy about how to count racial, ethnic, and gender minorities. Penn State Assistant Professor Alexis Santos and Austin, Texas, city demographer Lila Valencia join host Virginia Tech Social Science Data Consultant Nathaniel Porter to bring their expertise and applied experience counting and advocating for historically marginalized groups.

For more information, contact Nathaniel Porter at


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