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Milton Suggs discussed his current project, “Data Toward Equity & the Black Child National Agenda,” which aims to use data science to give shape to the concepts and goals behind the  Equity Child Research Coalition at the UNC FPG Child Development Institute. His talk expanded on the presentation given by Iheoma Iruka. Suggs explained that the process begins with collecting publicly available data in areas such as childcare, education, healthcare, justice, as well as general population and demographic data, at the national, state, county, and city levels. Data collection is a primary step to equity work, as being able to prove a necessity in underprivileged communities is a key factor in policy changes. Suggs used several platforms, languages, and tools to process, visualize, and analyze this data, including Jupyter Notebooks, Anaconda, Python, R, SQL, Matplotlib, Seaborn, Tableau, and Google Data Studio. Using this data to advance equity hinges upon his team’s ability to effectively analyze the information, make correlations, and assess the current state of equity. Suggs and Iruka together concluded this portion of the seminar by elaborating on how when disparities between populations and communities are evidenced in an objective, intentional way, the data can then be leveraged to advocate for impactful policy and legislation, flag issues and discrepancies, and contribute to societal progress. 

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Milton Suggs, Data Scientist

Department: FPG Child Development Institute | Faculty Profile

Featured on: March 24, 2022 (Event Page)

Session Title: Transforming Youth Advocacy (Event Recap

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