GIS for Equity & Social Justice – A Virtual Coffee Chat

COVID-19 and social distancing have made connecting for Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) chats challenging. This interview is one over ‘virtual coffee’ with three King County GIS professionals. Hear them share their technologist’s excitement that GIS for ESJ is feasible and impactful! Meet them below. Greg: “Mary, Dennis and Fred, as King County IT (KCIT)…

“Land-grab universities: Expropriated Indigenous land is the foundation of the land-grant university system.”

I started reading High Country News back in the 1970’s when one of my favorite authors, Edward Abbey, was an occasional contributor. The following article demonstrates the type of respected journalism that HCN is renowned for, along with the use of GIS data analysis to expose a little-known social justice issue. The article, Land-grab universities:…

GIS for ESJ Best Practices – Project Update

Back in November I reported on the award of seven EthicalGEO Fellowships by the American Geographical Society. My EthicalGEO Fellowship project is to develop and publish a first-ever GIS for Equity and Social Justice best practices document. The seven EthicalGEO Fellows first met on November 21, 2019 at Columbia University to present their proposals. This…

Communities using maps to enact environmental justice

GIS & You readers know that I have written several articles in the past about using GIS for issues related to Equity and Social Justice (ESJ). A new article in Directions Magazine Insights on Location by Chris Wayne provides an excellent overview of Communities Using Maps to Enact Environmental Justice. Chris Wayne’s article touches many…

Changing the odds – Bill and Melinda Gates on how geography and gender stack the deck

In the latest Goalkeepers Report from the Gates Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates discuss How Geography and Gender Stack the Deck For (or Against) You. In Goalkeeper Report 2019 Melinda and Bill Gates discuss how various factors outside our individual control at birth and throughout our lives can predetermine success and well-being throughout our lives.…

GIS for Equity & Social Justice – New Workshop in Seattle

King County’s new GIS for ESJ workshop is an introduction to recent trends and practices related to using GIS for equity and social justice (ESJ). GIS for Equity & Social Justice will be presented on Tuesday, September 24. Register online to reserve your seat in this intense half-day workshop. Instructors Nicole Franklin (King County IT…