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CELL PRESS | Published 12/28/2020
Hi, there! I'm Brandeis.
Brandeis Marshall is an apologetically Black education activist for Black women thriving in data and tech careers. In standard teaching lessons and innovation work, Black women’s contributions weren’t featured nor the social impact lens that affects Black women. So she highlighted Black brilliance and added current social context in her lessons and research. Classroom discussions turned into mentoring and coaching sessions for late-stage college students to tenured academics. For example, Brandeis co-ran the Broadening Participation in Data Mining 2-day program from 2012-2016. About 200 college and graduate marginalized students learned and grew their data mining understanding through tech seminars, mentoring activities and networking circles.
Brandeis realized that the patterns of struggle: the disrespect of women, especially Black women, has to stop so she became an entrepreneur and started her business DataedX (pronounced data-ed-x). DataedX, at its core, counteracts automated oppression efforts with eye-opening instruction for organization’s team members and for Black women.
DataedX primarily offers services to help companies improve their data equity practices. They conduct trainings and develop strategies to build just data fluency from the entry-level worker to the C-Suite executive. In 2019, Brandeis co-created BeyondOne, DataedX’s data prep online community for Black women, to provide a safe haven to grow, share or pivot in data regardless of their profession. BeyondOne continues Brandeis’s advocacy in reaching Black women globally to understand how discrimination in data is made and finding ways to cope and combat it.
Why data? Because data is fueling the algorithms that’s making the tech and that tech is perpetuating harm to Black women. We can end this relentless cycle with culturally responsible data education and intentional processes dissemination.
- Faculty Associate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University (starting September 2019)