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Welcome to URISA’s GIS-Pro 2020 — A special virtual edition for challenging times.
We invite you to review the agenda, block your calendar, and join us virtually for URISA’s 58th Annual Conference. Our community has always been resilient and eager to help each other through a crisis. Be engaged. Ask questions. Explore solutions. Make the most of this opportunity. Be safe.

Workshops will be presented ’live’ on September 23 & 24 and after GIS-Pro on October 6 & 7. Attendance at one workshop is included with full registration.

Note that all times in this online agenda are presented in CENTRAL Time (URISA’s office is in Chicago).

You must be registered to access the online platform (which is not this Sched agenda). 

Main conference site: www.gis-pro.org 
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Thursday, September 24 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Introduction to GIS for Equity & Social Justice

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Introduction to GIS for Equity and Social Justice
Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Greg Babinski, MA, GISP, GIS Marketing & Business Development Manager, King County GIS Center, Seattle, WA
Nicole Franklin, Executive and Life Coach at Enhanced Interactions, LLC, Seattle, WA

This workshop will serve as an introduction to recent trends and practices related to using GIS for Equity and Social Justice (ESJ). GIS professionals are bound by the GIS Code of Ethics 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.

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 on non-GIS professionals. Non-GIS professionals will become the largest community doing actual 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.

Learning Objectives:
  • Why GIS for Equity and Social Justice
  • GIS code of ethics and moral imperative
  • Principles of equity and social justice
  • The role of GIS professionals
  • The role of ESJ practitioners
  • The role of public policy
  • Critical race theory
  • Critical race spatial analysis
  • How upstream policies impact downstream outcomes
  • Understanding how maps and GIS can be used to create long-term inequity
  • How GIS and maps can expose oppression and inequity
  • How GIS can be used to manage and monitor pro-equity policies
  • Examples of public agencies with ESJ policy priorities
  • Educational resources for GIS professionals
  • The URISA GIS for ESJ workgroup

Audience: GIS professional plus Equity & Social Justice and public policy practitioners 

avatar for Kevin Mickey, GISP, CTT+

Kevin Mickey, GISP, CTT+

Director Professional Development and Geospatial Technologies Education, The Polis Center-IUPUI
Kevin is a Past President of URISA. In addition, Kevin has chaired URISA’s Professional Education, Community Resilience, and Core Docs committees. He received the URISA Leadership Award in 2018. Kevin is also the former chair of the Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) of the National... Read More →

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Greg Babinski, GISP

GIS Marketing & Business Development Manager, King County GIS Center
Greg Babinski is Marketing and Business Development Manager for the King County GIS Center in Seattle, where he has worked since 1998. Previously he worked for nine years as GIS Mapping Supervisor for the East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland. He holds an MA in geography... Read More →
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Nicole Franklin

Chief Pro-Equity Anti-Racism Officer, Enhanced Interactions, LLC
Nicole is a transformative and strategic Pro-Equity Anti-Racism leader. As a technologist, she champions the non-binary realities of technology as a human right. Nicole advocates integrating technology tools as a critical resource in race and social justice strategic planning to understand... Read More →

Thursday September 24, 2020 1:00pm - 4:00pm CDT