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EDI Seminar Series: Dr. Shandin Pete

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 11:00 to 12:30
Shandin Pete, Assistant Professor of Teaching, UBC Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science
ESB 4192 / Zoom

Registration & Talk details

We invite you to a speaker series focussed on learning about equity, diversity and inclusion practices and initiatives in Statistics and Data Science. The in-person talk portion of the event does not require registration. You will need to register if you are attending the virtual talk, so you can access the Zoom link or if you plan on attending the in-person discussion as we will need to order food for the participants. It's open to interested students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff. Please fill in the registration form if you are interested in the virtual talk or the in-person discussion portion.

Our second speaker will be Dr. Shandin Pete, Assistant Professor of Teaching; Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science; University of British Columbia.

Date/Time: Thursday, October 6, 11:00am – 12:30pm (Talk 11:00-11:50am; Lunch & facilitated discussion 11:50am-12:30pm)

Talk title: Data, Information, Knowledge, and Wisdom: Perspectives from an Indigenous Lens

Abstract: Challenges in the pursuit of knowledge are often characterize by the philosophical commitments that are operationalized for a specific cultural tradition of knowledge production. When exploring these philosophical commitments and traditions it can be found that the intent and purpose of knowledge may vary across cultural groups. Important in these circumstances are the contextualization of data as an integral step in purposeful attempts to develop understanding. Pathways to understandings can often be mapped in terms of meaningful engagements. Explored further is the question, when is engagement transient versus static? How do these engagement types lending to different conceptualizations of “data” versus “understanding”? Also, to what degree does data, knowledge and understanding operate in the subconsciousness and remain inaccessible to the worldview of others? This presentation will focus on an Indigenous characterization of levels of engagement with knowledge production pursuits and the inherent Indigenous philosophical questions that remain when our consciousness intersects with Western science.

After the talk, we will be hosting an in-person facilitated discussion (lunch provided). If you would like to attend the virtual talk or the lunch, please register using the link below:


This talk is one of the Statistics Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series. For more information and a list of speakers, please visit: