Career Pipeline/Placement; Faculty and Institution Building
The Equity Data Science Lab
BU seeks to establish an interdisciplinary data science lab to facilitate collaboration and engagement of faculty, students, and external partners around research and applications that have real-world impact. The first of these thematically based labs will focus on equity. The Equity Data Science Lab (EDSL) forms the infrastructure to convene BU and community partners to identify areas where computing and data science can increase our understanding of issues related to inequity including race, gender and sexual identity, physical and mental ability, ethnicity and immigrant status and build solutions that make a difference. Funding from PIT-UN will apply toward hiring a program manager who will help launch and establish EDSL.
Faculty and Institution Building
Justice Media Collective
BU seeks to establish interdisciplinary collaborations involving faculty and students around courses and aimed at training the next generation of public interest technologists and data-driven investigative reporters. The Justice Media Collective will target students from diverse majors, with a particular focus on computing, data science, and journalism disciplines. Courses and the summer program will be led by faculty from the College of Communication’s Journalism Department and the Faculty for Computing & Data Science; projects will be completed on behalf of local media partner organizations including The Bay State Banner, The Boston Globe, and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, based at WGBH, a Boston-area NPR Station.
Brooke Williams, Associate Professor of the Practice of Computational Journalism