33rd Annual Conference

March 8-12, 2021


Disrupt Your DEI Data: Amplify Your Anti-Racist Practices with Qualitative Data for Justice

20-minute Trend Talk

Day 3

Session Code: TT-4B
When: March 10, 2021
Level: Intermediate
Track: Innovation & Transformation
Presenter: Thamara Subramanian, The Winters Group, Inc.


We say it all the time: “Diversity is more than a numbers game.” Yet in almost every industry, diversity work is met with skepticism, followed by some combination of the following: “Show me the numbers,” or “The data doesn’t back it up,” or “People say this is happening, but the data doesn’t show it.”

In these heightened times of racial tension globally, if we are truly going to make change and progress toward a just and anti-racist workplace, community, society, and nation, we must highlight and enlighten the nuances and intricacies of the -isms and injustices that have been embedded in our behaviors, actions, and systems by disrupting the dominant narrative around data and bringing light to innovative methods of qualitative data analysis.

This talk will highlight three innovative ways to rejuvenate traditional qualitative data analysis practices and redefine what data-driven means for your organization, your community, and yourself.

Learning Outcomes

• Call to action on how current notions of data and validity impede on anti-racist efforts and goals
• Identify new techniques and best practices for qualitative research with a racial-justice approach
• Offer questions for reflection on how you can bring these practices into your workplace or community

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