Being an Anti-Racist Statistician, How Can You and Your Chapter Take the Lead?
Instructor: David Marker

The ASA Anti-Racism Task Force spent almost two years reviewing the organization's internal documents, reviewing our connection with the entire statistical profession, and examining the impact of statistics on society. The Task Force proposed dozens of recommended actions for the ASA and its members to take to become a strong force to fight racism. The Board of Directors approved this report and has hired a consultant to assist them in their efforts. This short course will review the findings and work with chapter members to identify actions that could be taken by the chapter and its local members to help us make progress in using statistics for positive, not negative impacts on the society in which we live.

Ideally the short course will be in person so we can have break-out groups and opportunities for attendees to establish connections to work on and follow up to ideas developed during the session.

Understand the difference between “not being racist” and being “anti-racist.” Individually, and as a chapter, identify actions one could undertake to act as an anti-racist statistician. What are the strengths and current practices of the particular chapter membership? How might these strengths be used to achieve anti-racist use of statistics.

About the instructor:

David Marker was co-chair of the ASA Anti-Racism Task Force. Dr. Marker previously served as the Council of Chapters' Representative to the ASA Board of Directors and was President of the Washington Statistical Society. He is a Fellow of the ASA and received its Founders Award in 2022.

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