NorthStar of GIS

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Your support helps publish NorthStar Guides, positive practices for racial justice, equity, and belonging.

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Your support helps the NorthStar of GIS to...
  • Publish NorthStar Guides, positive practices for racial justice, equity, and belonging,
  • Host events, support and promoting talented Black geographers and GIS students, professionals, and entrepreneurs
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Your support helps the NorthStar of GIS to...
  • Publish NorthStar Guides, positive practices for racial justice, equity, and belonging,
  • Host events, support and promoting talented Black geographers and GIS students, professionals, and entrepreneurs,
  • Provide grants to Black students pursuing post-secondary studies in geography or GIS
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About NorthStar of GIS

Our Mission

The  NorthStar of GIS is a community organization working to advance racial justice through GIS by:
  • Increasing equity & belonging for people of the Black / African diaspora in GIS, geography, and related fields,
  • Connecting people of the Black / African diaspora to opportunities in GIS, and
  • Promoting the use of geography and GIS to advance intersectional racial justice globally

What do we mean by the Black / African diaspora?

The Black / African diaspora is the worldwide collection of communities descended from native Africans or people from Africa. While those communities outside of Africa are mainly in the Americas, we include people of native African descent everywhere. More precisely, we name, claim, and fully embrace people of the Black / African diaspora of every intersection of:
  • race,
  • sex,
  • gender,
  • gender expression,
  • trans identity,
  • religion,
  • country of origin,
  • socioeconomic background,
  • range of abilities,
  • and more.
We embrace the entire diaspora and strive to center the concerns of those of the diaspora that organizations, communities, and society more broadly most often push into the margins.

Why is it important to increase equity & belonging for Black people in GIS?

Organizations in every sector use GIS to increase revenues, customer satisfaction and improve community outcomes. Unfortunately, their teams and their impacts are rarely equitable. There are anti-Black inequities in GIS and tech workforces.  Moreover, organizations from every sector use GIS to plan, implement, and manage services and programs without applying intersectional racial equity lenses. As a result, many public and private sector operations produce avoidable racial disparities.

The NorthStar of GIS exists to share resources and take action that helps bring an end to those inequities.

Examples of Anti-Black Inequities in GIS & Tech Workforces:

  • Lack of Representation in GIS: 
  • Bias Against Black Women in STEM: 
    • Three-Fourths of Black women reported having to prove themselves over and over, having their success discounted, and having their experience questioned. 
    • 42% of Black women reported experiencing isolation and that socializing with colleagues negatively affects others perceptions of their competence

Examples of Racial Disparities in Public and Private Sector Operations:

  • Health Disparities
  • Racial Inequities in Policing
  • Racial Disparities in Education
  • and far more

Taking Action

Your patronage will support our efforts to increase racial justice and belonging for people of the Black / African diaspora and lead the way for increased justice for people from other under-represented groups.
Join and help us promote racial equity in GIS through our:
  • Justice & Belonging Services,
  • NorthStar Bridge Program, and
  • Event Series.
Justice & Belonging Services
NorthStar of GIS believes that spaces co-created equitably lead to sustainable racial justice, diversity, and inclusion. We offer services to help organizations advance racial justice and belonging in their workforce and to create more equitable outcomes through their work. 
Our services include:
  • NorthStar Guides: A library of positive practices for increasing justice, equity, belonging, inclusion, and diversity.
  • NorthStar Representation Assessments: Assessments of representation in your staff, services, board, volunteers, and more.
  • Justice & Belonging Workshops: Skills and experience workshops to help your teams engage in the critical work of advancing racial justice and belonging.
NorthStar Bridge
The NorthStar Bridge program supports Black students in their academic aspirations in GIS and supports HBCUs in their efforts to nurture future generations of Black GIS professionals and entrepreneurs.
In the Fall of 2021, 11 Black students will receive cash grants and other resources from our partners at URISA and AAG to support their scholarship in GIS

Event Series & Skills Workshops
The NorthStar of GIS leverages online and in-person events to showcase Black talent in GIS and grow a strong sense of community and collective prosperity for people of the Black / African diaspora in GIS.
Our annual events include: Donations and Event Sponsorship
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$243.99 of $291.51 per month
When we reach $291.51 per month, we can cover tech platform costs +  hire an HBCU student to provide GIS support for our annual events!
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