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EDI Seminar Series: Sahir Moosvi

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 - 11:00 to 12:30
Sahir Moosvi, EDI Data Analyst, Equity and Inclusion Office, UBC
ESB 5104 / 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. Lunch will be provided for those attending in-person.

Our next speaker will be Sahir Moosvi, EDI Data Analyst, Equity and Inclusion Office, UBC.

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 16, 11:00am – 12:30pm (Talk 11:00-11:50am; Q&A and lunch 11:50am-12:30pm)

Talk title: Recoding Demographics: Navigating the Intersection of Data, Society, and Justice

Abstract: As our society continues to grapple with societal issues there is a need to better define, collect, and use demographic data. How we construct demographic data has, and will have far-reaching consequences on our society. Reflecting on the implications on our practices by critically examining both the benefits, and potential harms is essential.

In this talk, we will discuss the history of demographics in western discourse and how it has shaped our understanding of the world. We will see the impact that has on Historical, Persistently, Systemically Marginalized (HPSMs) people. This will lead us to discuss how we can approach demographic data and the importance of a person-centred approach in an increasingly automated world. Finally, we will look at frameworks like the Grandmother perspective and Nothing for us, without us.

After the talk and Q&A session, lunch will be provided. If you would like to attend the virtual talk or the lunch, please register using the link below:

Please note that the location is ESB 5104.


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

If you have any accessibility concerns or require any special accommodations to make the event accessible to you, please don't hesitate to let us know. For more information or questions, you can contact Katie Burak (kburak [at]