Anti-Racism

 
Our Commitment and Goals

The DAA’s commitment to anti-racism and our goals

The Digital Analytics Association is committed to eradicating racism by harnessing the passion of DAA members. We use data and the strength of our community to create short- and long-term solutions. We work both within the analytics community and with adjacent groups such as primary, secondary and university academic institutions to create diversity, inclusion and equity within the analytics field. We are a volunteer-led organization and the strength of our efforts comes from the willingness of our members to share in this sobering yet uplifting work. 

We invite you to join with us in the cause of improving lives by eliminating systemic racism in the analytics community and beyond.  


June Dershewitz, DAA President
(2020-2021)

 

Board liaisons and Anti-Racism Task Force Co-chairs

Mary and David are committed to using data and the strength of the analytics community to eradicate systemic racism. They are supported by numerous DAA members who are equally passionate about this life-changing work.  


Mary Owusu
Founder / Head of SEO & Analytics, GuruBound; Assistant Professor of Marketing, Canisius College; DAA board member

David McBride
SVP, Digital Solutions and Consulting, Course5 Intelligence; DAA board member

 

Timeline of our commitment

  • DAA makes public anti-racism statement
  • Anti-racism committee is formed by the board, led by Mary Owusu and David McBride
  • First anti-racism meeting
  • Anti-racism Town Hall meeting for all members of the analytics community
  • Anti-racism Task Force Formed, first meeting
  • Task Force Workgroup Governance established

 

The work ahead

Internal Workgroup

Group Objective: Develop initiatives for the DAA organization that promote inclusion and diversity actions amongst the membership and Analytics Industry.

Selection of Activities Under Consideration

Short-Term
2020
Medium-Term
2020 - 2021
Long-Term
2022 and beyond
Create a forum to hear stories of how DAA members have been affected by racism Establish a distinguished speaker series  Under Development
Create and host a book club to discuss anti-racist writings. Curate a list of recommended books. Cultivate interest of members of the BIPOC community in more DAA leadership positions  
Create a strategy document outlining the objectives for the anti-racism efforts by DAA organization  Create a Self-Awareness Journey providing resources and tools to examine our own biases and a primer on internalizing language or respecting others and their experiences  
  Create Best Practices of Inclusion & Diversity   

External Workgroup

Group Objective: Identify and promote actions DAA members can take to eliminate racism and racial bias outside the DAA community.

Selection of Activities Under Consideration

Short-Term
2020
Medium-Term
2020 - 2021
Long-Term
2022 and beyond
Establish connections with other nonprofits to explore partnership to help BIPOC young people gain awareness of opportunities in analytics  Test a joint DAA/Education non-profit program in one chapter area Expand DAA/Education non-profit program across US and beyond
Outreach to BIPOC affiliated groups (Black Engineers, National Black MBA, Sororities/Fraternities) Provide forum for DAA members to provide pro-bono digital marketing and analytics consulting to racial justice groups Create kit to share with organizations externally on opportunities within Digital Analytics to generate interest in the field
Create a list of affinity organizations to help with diversity in recruiting DAA membership for an HBCU sponsored by a corporate member and  leverage university members to help build connections to different BIPOC affiliate groups at those organizations.  Measure the success of diversity in recruiting based on earlier actions. Expect results

Data and Research Workgroup

Group Objective: Leverage the analytical and research expertise of DAA members by using data to drive conversation and action against racism and inequality.

Selection of Activities Under Consideration

Short-Term
2020
Medium-Term
2020 - 2021
Long-Term
2022 and beyond
Outline best practices for describing customer demographics. List out practices that enable non-biased analyses. Pay equity reporting and analysis Under Development
Show data that led to the rise of Black Wall Street    
Evaluate and publish resources for removing biases in hiring    

 

We could use your help

  • Join an anti-racism workgroup: Contact DAA Membership to join any of the workgroups - members & non-members are welcome! 
     
  • Add to the suggestion box or anti-racism resources: Submit your ideas to the work groups or share resources to be posted on the DAA website. 
     
  • Get in touch with us: Contact DAA Membership for all other inquiries, e.g. from interested organizations, partners, etc. 

 

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