Data Science + Social Justice Workshop

About this workshop

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THIS YEAR’S (Summer 2022) WORKSHOP. SIGN UP BELOW TO BE NOTIFIED OF OUR NEXT WORKSHOP!

This 6-week online workshop for currently enrolled UC Berkeley graduate students will give you the opportunity to learn the essential tools and methods for data science analysis and be introduced to critical frameworks that will enable you to create a project of your own design and to tell stories that can counter the market-first mentality of data science.

Rooted in critical approaches of data feminism, data activism, ethics, indigenous technologies, critical race theory, this engaging, cohort-based workshop focuses on inherent prejudice in data sets and analysis, and teaches you to deploy solutions to create social impact with data science. Activities include:

  • Exploring your own positionality as a scholar in the context of data science
  • Critically analyzing social media data using state-of-the-art Natural Language Processing
  • Discovering and visualizing language biases in Machine Learning systems
  • Visualizing network data
  • Collaboratively annotating critical texts on data science

Developed in partnership between the D-Lab and the Graduate Division, with a common goal to reach marginalized students, this workshop will provide the tools, insights, and mentorship needed to get started in your critical data science journey.

Workshop Details

Who: The workshop is offered to currently enrolled UC Berkeley graduate students, or UC Berkeley graduate students who will graduate in spring 2022.

When: The online workshop will be delivered from July 5 – August 16 with weekly required 1.5 hour live online meetings on Tuesdays at 10 am and Thursdays at 3 pm and other work to be done on your own time, like group activities, assignments, and readings. You should plan to commit approximately 10 hours a week to this workshop

Where: You can join online from wherever is convenient for you, with your computer and a good internet connection. There may be optional opportunities for in-person activities in Berkeley. 

How: You will participate using online collaboration and instructional tools that you already have access to as a Berkeley student – specifically, Zoom, bCourses (Canvas), and Google Suite, as well as other cloud-based online course tools that will be provided.

Prerequisites: No prerequisites or skill sets are required (in fact, if you don’t know anything about data science, this workshop is perfect for you!).

What you receive: Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion, as well as a $2,000 stipend ($1,000 at the start of the program and $1,000 upon completion). There are no other costs required to attend this workshop.

Questions: Email your questions to gradevents@berkeley.edu.

How to Apply

APPLICATIONS HAVE CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER 2022 WORKSHOP. PLEASE SIGN UP BELOW TO BE NOTIFIED OF OUR NEXT OFFERING!

  • Applications will be accepted between March 15 and May 1. 
  • Applicants admitted into the workshop will be notified by email by June 1.

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Development Team

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CLAUDIA VON VACANO, PH.D.

Program Developer and Instructor

Founding Executive Director / Sr. Research Associate / P.I.
D-Lab
UC Berkeley

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PRATIK SACHDEVA, PH.D.

Curriculum Lead and Instructor, Program Developer

Researcher, Postdoc
D-Lab
UC Berkeley

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RENATA BARRETO

Curriculum Co-Developer, Instructor

Research Fellow, D-Lab
JD / Ph.D. Candidate, Berkeley Law
UC Berkeley

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KARA GANTER, J.D.

Program Designer

Director of Digital Education
Graduate Division
UC Berkeley