Event Date and Time
ASY 2309

Dr. Diana Elliott (SOCY PhD 2008) will deliver the 12th William Form Lecture on Friday, March 31, 2023. Dr. Elliott's talk is titled "Advancing Equity in the Absence of Equitable Data." The event is open to all.

Equity is an important part of the Administration’s agenda and agencies and localities will need help assessing equity in their policies and priorities. On his first day in office, President Biden signed Executive Order 13985, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government. Equity assessments are currently happening throughout the federal government. But what happens if the data undergirding your assumptions and resulting policies aren’t equitable from the start? In this talk, I will discuss some of the challenges with present-day data collection in the Federal government, my work to estimate limitations in the 2020 Census and its impact on equity for different groups and states, and ways that stakeholders are countering these challenges.


Diana Elliott is vice president for U.S. Programs at PRB. She was formerly a senior fellow in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute, where she focused on families’ financial security and economic mobility and the programs and policies that support them, including housing affordability, apprenticeships, and financial empowerment. Previously, Elliott also served as research manager for The Pew Charitable Trusts’ work on financial security and economic mobility. At Pew, she was instrumental in fielding a major national survey on American family finances and published reports on financial well-being and economic mobility in the United States. She was also a family demographer in the fertility and family statistics branch of the Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division at the U.S. Census Bureau. Elliott holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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