No Equity Without Sovereignty: Indigenous Resistance Through Data


November 16, 2022
5:00pm – 6:30pm

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Event Summary

Dr. Desi Small-Rodriguez is a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation and Chicana. As a social demographer, her research explores the intersection of race, indigeneity, data, and inequality. Broadly conceived, her research examines how sociopolitical processes, ideologies, and institutions construct, control, and erase populations, peoples, and knowledges. She draws on a broad range of theoretical perspectives within sociology, including racial and ethnic identity formation, governmentality, critical race theory, social closure, and state building. With a focus on Indigenous futures, her current research explores the racialization of Indigenous identity and group boundary making, Indigenous population statistics, and data for health and economic justice on Indian Reservations.

She is an assistant professor of Sociology and American Indian Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She directs the Data Warriors Lab, an Indigenous social science laboratory, and is the Co-Founder of the U.S. Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network and a founding member of the Global Indigenous Data Alliance.

Closed captioning will be provided. Co-sponsored by the Office of Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism & Equity (IDARE) & Center for Indigenous Health (CIH).

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