10-10:05 AMWelcome and Opening Remarks
10:05-11:05 AM Keynote Lecture and Q&A: Geographic Foundations of Pursuing Equity and Social Justice
11:10-12 PM Poster Talks

Geographic Foundations of Pursuing Equity and Social Justice

Greg Babinski of the King County GIS Center will give the keynote lecture.

We have had an unresolved race-related moral dilemma in what is now the United States for at least five centuries. On January 20, 2021, the day that he was inaugurated, President Biden signed an ‘Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government’. This order referenced the role of geography as a key tool to identify and understand patterns of inequity and to formulate policies and investments to advance social justice. Building upon foundations that can be traced back to the University of Washington, geographic information science and technology are being applied systematically by a growing number of government agencies and private entities to advance equity and social justice. I hope to outline the potential of GIS&T to help address our moral dilemma and advance racial equity and social justice.

Greg’s GIS career spans 31 years. He has worked for the King County GIS Center in Seattle since 1998. Greg originated the URISA GIS Capability Maturity Model and participated in the development of the Geospatial Management Competency Model. He is a GISP and an American Geographical Society Ethical GEO Fellow.

In addition to GIS consulting, he is a GIS researcher, author, and instructor. He has spoken about GIS management across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Greg has also taught GIS for Public Policy as an instructor with the University of Washington Evans Graduate School of Public Administration. In his spare time, Greg likes hiking steep, narrow and dangerous trails that lead high above the clouds to awesome views.

Poster Talks

Posters will be linked below prior to the event. Each presenter will give a 3-minute pre-recorded talk, followed by a Q&A period with all presenters.

Muhamad Nazhirin bin Ahmad, Earth and Space Science Undergraduate Student

Madison Heslop and Julian Barr, History and Geography Graduate Students

Sam Henkels, Evans School Graduate Student

Savanna Nagorski and Melissa K. Schutten, WA Sea Grant Staff