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GIS Day 2020 | Racial Equity, Social Justice, & Sustainability | November 19

2020 has been a challenging year. While racial inequities and the need for social justice appear to be borderless, Covid-19 has awakened us as a society to the importance of understanding geography. In the midst of a pandemic and racial injustices, the world is more digitally interconnected than ever. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) enables us to have a better understanding of the spreading of the virus and its socio-economic effects on global sustainability and vulnerable populations who are grappling with systemic racism. Join us on November 18th and 19th as speakers from across the country share how GIS tools are being used to combat the pandemic and racial injustice.

A geographic information system (GIS) is a framework for gathering, managing and analyzing data. Rooted in the science of geography, GIS integrates many types of data. It analyzes spatial location and organizes layers of information into visualization using maps and 3D scenes. With this unique capability, GIS reveals deeper insights into data, such as patterns, relationships, and situations – helping users make smarter decisions.

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November 19, 2020​

- 6:00pm: Welcome Remarks

- 6:05pm: Verónica N. Vélez - Critical Race Spatial Analysis: GIS as Community-Based and - - Anti-Racist Praxis

- 6:30pm: Jonathan R. Peters - Social Justice Issues in Transportation: Examples from New York City

- 6:55pm: CSI Students’ Presentations

- 7:00pm: Christen McNamara Watts - Mapping Racial Equity in Asheville


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