Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The mission of the Northeast Big Data Hub is to build and strengthen partnerships. Great partnerships cannot rest on a foundation of inequality; they must work to advance equity for all partners, of all backgrounds. That’s why building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community is central to the work of the Hub. The Northeast Big Data Hub is committed to advancing equity for those who have been underserved in the data science field, including Black and Hispanic people.

As a mode of representation, data holds great power in individual and institutional decision-making. It both reveals disparities and needs within our communities and provides a path forward toward innovation and change. As a community of data science practitioners, we are committed to building diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work, always mindful that we leverage the power of data responsibly and accessibly. Our focus on Responsible Data Science serves as a foundation for enabling data science that is secure, private, and ethical.

We realize our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through mutual collaboration, proactive outreach, and inclusivity by design. Our goal every day is to do better than we have done before.

Learn more below about some of our work to date.


Solving Health Tech Challenges Lies with Females: Meet the Women Leading Global Standards Development

Guest post: Macy Moujabber, Student Assistant, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub On September 14, 2021, the 24th session of the Wearables and Medical IoT Interoperability and Intelligence (WAMIII) Virtual Talk Series: Solving Health Tech Challenges Lies with Females: Meet the Women Leading Global Standards Development gathered women leaders in the health […]

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Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub Extending its Northeast Student Data Corps to a National Program

New York, NY – October 6, 2021 The Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub announces a new rebranding initiative for the National Student Data Corps (NSDC). Formerly known as the ‘Northeast Student Data Corps’, the NSDC is a community-developed project that teaches data science fundamentals to students across the United States […]


Why Aren’t More Women Participating in STEM?

Guest post: Esteban Garcia, Data Analyst, Orthus Health; MBA Candidate, Florida International University; Volunteer, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub On Wednesday, August 11th, Florence Hudson, Executive Director of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, co-hosted a roundtable on Women in STEM as part of the NSF Includes Virtual Convening. This […]

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Poster for August 2021 Data Science Career Panel

August 2021 Northeast Student Data Corps Data Science Career Panel

Guest post: Brian Buckley, Boston University; Volunteer Program Assistant, Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub             On Friday, August 20, 2021, four established data scientists shared insights into the data science career world and provided anecdotes from their own experiences. Haleigh Stewart (Project Coordinator, Columbia University), Florence Hudson (Executive Director, Northeast […]


Screenshot of an NSDC Career Panel event in April 2021

April 2021 Northeast Student Data Corps Data Science Career Panel

After the launch of the Northeast Student Data Corps (NSDC)’s Data Science Career Panel Series, the NSDC hosted a second Data Science Career Panel featuring data scientists from academia, government, industry, and nonprofits. Forough Ghahramani, Northeast Student Data Corps Outreach Co-Leader and Associate Vice President for Edge, one of the […]


Northeast Student Data Corps: Inaugural Data Science Career Panel

On February 19th, 2021, 280+ students, educators and data science enthusiasts gathered for the Northeast Student Data Corps (NSDC)’s Inaugural Data Science Career Panel, where an esteemed panel of invited speakers shared their experiences and advised the attendees on potential opportunities in Data Science. The session also saw the launch […]

Screenshot of an NSDC Career Panel event in February 2021

New EdgeDiscovery Virtual Magazine Issue

The Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub was highlighted for “Building a Collaborative Community to Drive Data Science Innovation” in the EdgeDiscovery Fall 2020 issue published by Edge, the research and education network community headquartered in New Jersey supporting research connectivity, collaboration and partnerships. Florence Hudson, the Northeast Hub’s executive director, discussed the focus […]

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CUAHSI has been selected to be the Coordinating Hub for the Critical Zone (CZ) Collaborative Network

Guest post by Jerad Bales, Executive Director, CUAHSI The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) located in Cambridge, MA, has been selected to be the Coordinating Hub for the National Science Foundation’s Critical Zone (CZ) Collaborative Network. The 5-year cooperative agreement became effective September 1, 2020. The […]


Announcing the Northeast Big Data Hub Seed Fund Program

The Northeast Big Data Hub is delighted to announce our Seed Fund program this month. Designed to promote collaboration in data science, the Seed Fund will encourage the cross-pollination of ideas, data and tools across disciplines and sectors including academia, industry, government, and communities. Funding provided through this program is intended […]


Data-driven workshops help teachers understand and engage with students

Guest post by Ivon Arroyo, Associate Professor in the College of Education and the College of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Big Data for Education Spoke’s professional development workshops have empowered teachers to leverage data to identify and answer a variety of pedagogical questions about their […]


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ASSISTments Longitudinal Data Competition challenges participants to determine correlation between early mathematics education and STEM careers

Guest post by Ryan Baker, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. The ASSISTments Longitudinal Data Competition invited data scientists around the world to participate in a competition around the analysis of student data. Data from middle school student use of a popular online […]


Data Science for All: NE Hub workshop explores teaching data science to high schoolers

Data science is expanding rapidly in undergraduate education, but at the K-12 level, few schools have integrated this critical subject into their curricula. Many questions must be answered first: how should data science be taught to high schoolers? As a standalone course, or integrated throughout other courses? What level of […]


Funding Awarded for First Round of NEBDIH-Sponsored Big Data Workshops

As part of our mission to address high-priority challenges with data-driven solutions, the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub put out a call for workshop proposals this spring. We sought to support community-driven workshops that are designed to plan and develop Big Data projects, and are delighted to announce our first […]


Announcing CRUX: The Collaborative Resource and Understanding Exchange Program

The Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub (NEBDIH) is excited to announce our CRUX program: a Collaborative Resource and Understanding Exchange. CRUX will launch the development of NEBDIH’s forthcoming Big Data Map and Assets Platform, with an ultimate aim of connecting the dots to create data-driven solutions to real-world problems. What […]

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Talking Big Data Literacy in “Data Divide” series

With data touching all aspects of our lives today, how can we look beyond traditional approaches to data science education to build capacity as broadly and inclusively as possible? Leaders in data science education discussed “Alternative Avenues for Development of Data Science Education Capacity” on Friday, September 22nd, in a […]


First Steps toward Big Data Literacy Framework at Spring Workshop

Guest post by Catherine Cramer, NYSCI Increasingly, the prosperity, innovation and security of individuals
 and communities depend on a big data-literate society, which calls for a concerted effort 
to define what it means to be a big data literate citizen, information worker, researcher, or policymaker. As a step toward that […]


Telling a Story with Data: Young Innovator Kenneth Graves

This post highlights one of the up-and-coming data science graduate students who participated in the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub’s “Young Innovators” program this year. This program and others like it contribute to the Northeast Hub’s mission to build public-private partnerships to address high-priority societal challenges with data-driven solutions. The […]