I-DISC commits to promoting equity and justice in data and computing through both:
Data and Computing Justice Research: Scholarship related to identifying and mitigating the racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic, and other oppressive outcomes that are often produced by data and computation tools, as well as scholarship related to the positive outcomes that can emerge from careful design and implementation of such tools.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): Policies, practices, and procedures for improving DEI, within I-DISC, within Lehigh as a whole, and within the broader data and computation community.
The I-DISC Data and Computing Equity and Justice Plan (DCEJ Plan) reflects our commitment to action. It is the work of many people and the outcome of much research, reflection, and discussion. As such, the plan is a living document that will evolve over time as we continue to learn and develop as DCEJ advocates.
The goals outlined in the DCEJ Plan are made more concrete in the DCEJ Appendix, which lays out specific goals and metrics for I-DISC equity and justice efforts in both the short term (1 year) and long term (5 years). The Appendix will be updated each year to assess I-DISC’s efforts over the previous year and to update the goals for the coming years.