For 2020, I am the Chair of the Committee on Women in Statistics (COWIS) from the American Statistical Association and Lucy D’Agostino McGowan from Wake Forest University is the Vice-Chair. As a committee we meet quarterly to discuss goals that we set for ourselves and progress to date on those goals. One of our goals is to make better use of the @WomenInStat twitter handle, which is run by members of our committee.
In our Q2 meeting in May 2020, Lucy had a wonderful suggestion of using the @WomenInStat twitter account to uplift the voices of female and minority genders (including but not limited to cis/trans women, trans men, non-binary, genderqueer, agender) in Statistics and Data Science by hosting weekly a rotating curator (RoCur)! We will be using the hashtag #WSDS to stand for Women in Statistics and Data Science, but we define this to be inclusive to female and minority genders with this hashtag.
🗣 Starting next week, we are using this account to hightlight and uplift #WSDS voices by hosting rotating curators!— Women in Statistics (@WomenInStat) June 1, 2020
Interested in curating for a week?
ℹ️ learn more: https://t.co/YffGVY46XU
✍️ sign up: https://t.co/cioDRtxywb
📆 check out our schedule: https://t.co/haDaK8LoEy pic.twitter.com/QxKQzqXG3V
The idea is borrowed from the wonderful @WeAreRLadies twitter account which also hosts RoCurs for the @RLadiesGlobal community #rladies.
Lucy has done a fantastic job getting everything set up and we are now ready to launch!
We have two main objectives with the RoCurs:
- To encourage and maintain Twitter engagement within the Women in Statistics and Data Science community.
- To spotlight female and minority genders (including but not limited to cis/trans women, trans men, non-binary, genderqueer, agender) and their great work in Statistics and Data Science.
How it will work?
Every week, a different person takes over our twitter account to talk about the work they do in statistics and data science.
Featured curators come from a diversity of professions and have a range of experiences, from novice to expert.
Week 1 is dedicated to amplifying voices of Black scholars
To help make sure we’ve worked out all the kinks of getting this project launched, I offered to kick things off. Given complete tragedy we have watched unfold the last two weeks, I am dedicating my RoCur week to amplify voices of Black female scholars in Statistics and Data Science.
While we still process recent horrific & senseless acts of violence, to be clear, @WomenInStat stands in solidarity against racism & inequity. #BlackLivesMatter— Women in Statistics (@WomenInStat) June 4, 2020
📣 Our 1st week of #WSDS rotating curators will amplify voices of Black female scholars in #statistics & #datascience
Want to know more?
If you want to:
- learn more, check out https://github.com/asacowis/rocur
- sign up to be a RoCur, check out: https://bit.ly/wsds-rocur
- see who’s signed up already on our schedule: https://bit.ly/womeninstat-rocur-schedule
We have lined up a great set of RoCurs for the few months:
We are so excited about our #WSDS rotating curators. Next week we will be amplifying voices of Black scholars. Then we have @juliasilge, @ChelseaParlett, @siminaboca. Here's a sneak peak at who we have coming up next:— Women in Statistics (@WomenInStat) June 4, 2020
Want to join?
✍️ sign up: https://t.co/vHNyyG4BIM pic.twitter.com/2FiAV9JYce
Be sure to check out @WomenInStat every Monday for a new curator!