10 ways to integrate Social Justice into teaching Data Science

a cardboard protest sign in a crowd that says “Fight today for a better tomorrow”

Use real-world data… carefully

Assume someone in the room has experienced the data you’re discussing

Every dataset has a backstory; talk about it!

Discuss data for what it is: real human lives being affected

Recognize that categorization of humans can be oppressive

Make it personal and ask your students to critique models

Point out how and why models are “gamed”

Always point out assumptions baked into models

Provide community and representation for minority students

Be kind



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