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16 May Gateway to Justice: Out of the Fire and into the Future

Our founder Veronica Smith is in St. Louis, Missouri this week at the 29th Annual Conference of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts. She will be on a panel titled "Measuring Progress to Move Forward Toward Equity" with Jennifer LaBaron, New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission and Luz Henriquez, Director for the Education Justice Program, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. Veronica's presentation is titled "How to use data to make our justice system more just." #gatewaytojustice...

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03 May Key Note Speech

On May 2, 2017, data2insight founder and principal, Veronica S. Smith, delivers the key note speech at the St. Louis Silver Linings 2017 Conference.  This year's conference is focused on "edgy" and "forward-looking" technical topics to help attendees start to prepare for tomorrow. Veronica's key note speech kicks off the conference.  Following the key note, the conference will feature breakout sessions covering topics from data science, big data, machine learning, intelligent cloud, dev ops, tooling, and more! Want to see more about the sessions available?  Check them out here. Miss your chance at the conference and want a recap?  Check out the website for the conference for more information. If you are in the area, stop by and say a word of support to Veronica!  ...

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24 Apr Celebration of Science Continues

On April 22, 2017, data2insight supported the March for Science's vision.  In more than 600 places around the world, people gathered to voice and demonstrate support for science and the fundamental role it plays in serving and improving our society through informed policy.   The movement featured people from all educational backgrounds, from a rich diversity of human experiences, and from nations around the world: the March for Science reached from the Global South to the North Pole. This week will provide mobilization through a “Week of Action.” Below is the general theme for each day of the week, but to find out more about each day's focus, visit the March for Science website. Sunday:  Science Engages. Monday:  Science Discovers. Tuesday:  Science Empowers. Wednesday:  Science Creates. Thursday:  Science Communicates. Friday:  Science Advocates. Saturday:  Science Connects. Join data2insight to learn more about the March for Science and how you can be part of the celebration of science!...

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17 Apr Girlvolution!

Girlvolution is a production by Powerful Voices, an organization that fosters adolescent girls' development by providing programs and promoting social justice so girls can realize their dreams, engage their communities and shape a better world. Girlvolution, scheduled for April 22, 2017, invites the community to participate in collective dialogue and restorative change facilitated by youth voice and agency.  Our Activistas program is a 12 week employment program for 10 girls who will be supported by 10 Adult Allies to create and present an interactive workshop on a social justice topic that impacts them and their community.  This year we are proud to be featuring art from Coyote Central, spoken word poetry from Youth Speaks Seattle and Young Women Empowered (Y-WE), and workshops by Y-WE. This is our 8th year! Since 1995, Powerful Voices has been improving the lives of adolescent girls in Seattle through innovative evidence-based programs in public middle schools and in the juvenile justice system.  The founders met at the University of Washington School of Social work.  During a time of dot-com start-ups they built a dot-org start-up, then known as the Seattle Women’s Resource Project.  Their vision was an organization that would promote Girl Justice and address issues at their root, by instilling leadership skills, fostering the development of critical thinking, and promoting the individual potential in adolescent girls. Data2insight is proud to recognize Powerful Voices for the work they do to empower adolescent girls and their development....

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10 Apr Data2insight Prepares for Earth Day

April 22, 2017 this year is all about #Science where data2insight will join the worldwide celebration of Earth Day and the global movement March for Science. This year’s Earth Day campaign is all about environmental & climate literacy.  Stand up!  Join up!  Take action! Earth Day Network’s mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.  Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in 196 countries to build environmental democracy. We work through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns. The March for Science is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.  Science, scientists, and evidence-based policymaking are under attack.  Budget cuts, censorship of researchers, disappearing datasets, and threats to dismantle government agencies harm us all, putting our health, food, air, water, climate, and jobs at risk.  It is time for people who support science to take a public stand and be counted. Join data2insight by checking your area for a science march or ways to participate in an Earth Day event this April! ...

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04 Apr data2insight Reaches out to LGBTQ and Ally Youth

On Saturday, April 1, data2insight founder, Veronica S. Smith, attended the Youth Job Fair for LGBTQ and Allies at the Miller Community Center. The job fair included over 24 employers and organizations with lots of jobs, stipend opportunities, and internships for youth ages 14 - 24.  Attendees were encouraged to come prepared to spend some time visiting the various booths. The Youth Job Fair for LGBTQ and Allies is a collaborative effort led by the Youth Employment and Service Learning Unit of Seattle Parks and Recreation. Join Seattle Parks Teens on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/seattle.parks.teens. For additional LGBTQ resources from the Seattle Parks and Recreation, go to: www.Seattle.gov/Parks/LGBTQ. Data2insight is honored to be among so many agencies supporting LGBTQ and Allies Youth....

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27 Mar data2insight Supports BioSTL

In February, data2insight founder, Veronica Smith, was in St. Louis, MO where she met with Dr. Cheryl Watkins-Moore, BioSTL Director of Bioscience & Entrepreneurial Inclusion. BioSTL fosters collaborative efforts and builds regional infrastructure to achieve St. Louis’ potential in biosciences, assisting partner organizations that are advancing aspects of the overall regional strategy.  BioSTL ensures the St. Louis biosciences community is speaking with a single, coherent voice to the public, policymakers, and funders. BioSTL collaborated with Diversity Awareness Partnership (DAP), Millipore Sigma, and Venture Café for the EXPLORE Bioscience program.  This hands-on, exciting program was developed to inspire high school students to understand and consider career opportunities in global science-based organizations as well as understand opportunities that science-focused start-up organizations the St. Louis region offers.  Day one and Day two of the program included students representing high schools across the St. Louis city, county, and region. Data2insight is proud to support this program....

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20 Mar Where are the Girls? STEM Career & Technical Education

While data2insight joined in the celebration of International Women's Day on March 8, there still much work to be done! Career and technical education is no longer the forgotten stepchild of education reform. The plight of jobless Americans took center stage in the turbulent Presidential election and raised the stakes for creating pathways to the middle class that don’t pass through the ivy-fringed gates of four-year colleges.  In fact, jaded Congress watchers believe that CTE may be one of the few issues that will win bipartisan support in 2017. That’s good news, but converts to the CTE cause will soon discover what CTE experts have known for a long time: namely, that the gender gaps in CTE’s STEM subjects are every bit as large as gender gaps in advanced math and science classes.  In fact, those gaps are growing. Not surprisingly, high school girls dominate health science, but they are scarce in the other three career clusters.  The imbalance has gotten worse since 2007/08 (see image). Want to read more?  Check out Change the Equation's full blog post....

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13 Mar Celebrating Pi Day on 3/14

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world.  Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point.  As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern.  While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits. If you are a teacher or number lover, you can check out TeachPi.org to find or share ideas for Pi Day activities, learning, and entertainment. Looking for other ways to celebrate?  Check out some of these options: Pi Day 5K - a flexible alternative to traditional races -- you can run or walk, regardless of where you live and on your own schedule (extra points for running on 3/14). We ship your swag and you run with friends -- fellow mathletes, baking BFFs, and scholarly mini-humans alike! Pi Day Pie-Eating Contest - "Ten will enter, one will win...

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08 Mar #BeBoldForChange

Data2insight is proud to support International Women's Day (March 8), a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year's theme for IWD is #BeBoldForChange - calling on the masses or on yourself to help forge a better working world, a more gender inclusive world.  The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights," says world-renowned feminist, journalist, and social and political activist Gloria Steinem.  Thus, IWD is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level. Learn about the values that underpin and guide IWD's ethos. Data2insight is ready to #BeBoldForChange this IWD 2017 and beyond.  Are you?...

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