In late 2020, motivated by a deep-seated concern over racial injustices in the United States, the American Statistical Association (ASA) convened the ASA Antiracism Task Force to identify ways in which the organization, membership, and related guidance on the responsible use of data and statistics could advance racial equity and justice by becoming more antiracist. I was honored to be invited to participate and serve as the chair of the Advancing Racial Justice in the Practice of Statistics subcommittee.
Our eight-person subcommittee spanned a variety of domains and experiences, including academia and industry. Over the course of 2021, we met regularly to discuss findings and develop recommendations related to racial justice and the practice of statistics. The Antiracism Task Force published a final report, including the contributions of our subcommittee, in February 2022.
In a conference session on August 8, 2022, I will be sharing the recommendations from our subcommittee at the 2022 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM), the largest gathering of statisticians held in North America. I am looking forward to continuing the conversation on what statisticians, data scientists, educators, and other stakeholders can do to support racial justice in statistics.