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The Antiracist Power of Data Activism
In our recent webinar, our collaboration between Galvanize, Measure, Capacity Catalyst, and Huston-Tillotson University asked the question “How Can Data Be Racist?” (Recap & Video here: https://blog.galvanize.com/in-case-you-missed-our-how-data-can-be-racist-event).

In this follow up webinar, we will lead a discussion between three data activists in Austin who are using their background in research and data to advance antiracism in their respective industries. Hear from Tracy Ayrhart (Central Texas Food Bank), and Kijana Knight-Torres (Indeed), about how you can apply your knowledge of research and data science to move your community toward equity.

Dec 10, 2020 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Tracy Ayrhart
Director of Research and Evaluation @Central Texas Food Bank
Tracy is currently the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Central Texas Food Bank where she oversees the strategic use of data and research to support planning and evaluation. Prior to joining the Food Bank, Tracy worked in the healthcare sector for eight years leading data and evaluation efforts. Tracy has a BA from the University of Michigan, a PhD in Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin, and did her postdoctoral fellowship at the LBJ School of Public Affairs evaluating Texas statewide early childhood programs.
Kijana Knight-Torres
UX research manager and Sr. UX Researcher @Indeed
Kijana Knight-Torres is a UX research manager and Sr. UX Researcher at Indeed. She is focused on improving the human experience through an approach that includes deep listening and observation of people in their natural habitats, comprehensive synthesis, and leading change through compelling and engaging stories. She has experience applying design research methodology in a broad array of contexts and problem areas and enjoys the challenge of unearthing unexpected insights to inform solutions for impactful strategies. Kijana has a B.S. in Computer Science from Rice University and a M.S. in Information Studies from UT Austin. Prior to Indeed, she was the lead design researcher at the Design Institute for Health the Dell Medical School at UT Austin, Director of Insight and Strategy at Idean and Principal User Experience Researcher at projekt202.
Laura G. La Fuente
Laura G. La Fuente has spent her career dedicated to positively impacting her community. She has worked with community stakeholders to develop and implement innovative programs to positively impact youth. Through her collaborative work, Laura implemented programs to increase the number of volunteers working with middle school youth, developed a quality improvement system for out of school programs and invested in strategies to positively impact students at target middle schools. Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago and a Master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs.