We promote equality in higher education through open, objective metrics of equality, diversity, and inclusivity.

 

Our metrics make inequality visible to incentivize universities to prioritize students' civil rights

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Project leadership

Celeste Kidd.  Kidd is a leader in AI ethics, a professor at UC Berkeley, where her lab investigates learning and belief formation. The lab is one of few in the world that combine technologically sophisticated behavioral experiments with computational models to broadly understand human beliefs. She has been published in top scientific journals (PNAS, Neuron, Psychological Science) and funded by NSF, DARPA, Google, the Jacobs Foundation, Human Frontiers Science Program, and the Templeton Foundation. She has worked reform to institutional procedures governing sexual harassment around the world, work for which she was made a 2017 TIME Person of the Year. Her scientific work is covered regularly by venues like The EconomistThe New York Times, Scientific American, Discoverand the BBC.

Haben Girma.  The first Deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, Girma advocates for equal opportunities for people with disabilities through her work as a disability rights attorney. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change. She received the Helen Keller Achievement Award, a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and a TIME 100 Talk. President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Chancellor Angela Merkel have all honored Girma. Girma believes disability is an opportunity for innovation, and she teaches organizations the importance of inclusion. The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, and TODAY Show featured her memoir, Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law (2019, Twelve/Hachette Book Group). Girma regularly speaks about disabilities rights in the  press, including NPRThe Guardian, and The New York Times.

Jessica Cantlon.  Cantlon is a professor at Carnegie Mellon, where she holds the Zdrojkowski Chair in Developmental Neuroscience. She is a leader in the field both through her scientific work, and her advocacy for women in science, for which she was named a 2017 TIME Person of the Year. Her award-winning research has received funding from the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and James S. McDonnell Foundation among other organizations. She was featured as one of 10 Scientists to Watch by Science News, and her work is featured prominently in the national press, including NPR, U.S. News and World Report, and National Geographic.

Shruti Satrawada

Geeta Shankar

Pragya Kallanagoudar

coalition of advisors in science, technology, law, and media guide our work.

Ann Olivarius.  Olivarius, founding partner of McAllister Olivarius, has fought for gender equality through civil rights law for over 25 years. She was deeply involved in litigating landmark civil rights case Alexander v. Yale, which established the precedent that sexual harassment within a university was illegal. She is a Martha Stewart Miller Legal Challenge Award recipient, and she appears on the ACLU's list of the most influential people in the history of Title IX, the U.S. anti-discrimination law. Nature named her one of the top 10 people who mattered in science, because of her work fighting sexual harassment in academia.

Adama Iwu.  Iwu is Vice President, State Government & Community Relations for Visa, where she employs her expertise on technical topics including cyber security, data security, and privacy. She is also a co-founder of We Said Enough, a nonprofit that aims to eliminate discrimination in the workplace. She was an architect of the Los Angeles Times open letter on the pervasive culture of sexual harassment, discrimination, and assault in government, which directly lead to increased accountability for elected officials accused of sexual misconduct. For this work, she was named a 2017 TIME Person of the Year, and appeared on the cover. 

Advisory coalition

Staff data scientists

Michele Landis Dauber.  Dauber is the Frederick I. Richman Professor of Law at Stanford, and one of the most influential advocates for improving university processes for investigating sexual assault. She spearheaded the campaign to recall California Judge Aaron Pensky after he issued an egregiously short sentence to convicted rapist Brock Turner, and Dauber has rallied world leaders to approach eliminating sexual violence by holding leaders who turn a blind eye accountable. She is regularly featured for her legal expertise on women's issues and sexual violence in major news outlets, including NPR, CNN, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and The Atlantic.

Timnit Gebru.  Gebru is a leader in advocating for diversity in technology, and a co-founder of Black in AI, a non-profit that facilitates educational and professional advancement for Black AI researchers. She has done ground-breaking work on algorithmic biases and fairness that garnered international coverage from outlets like BBC News, The Economist, and The New York Times.  She's the former technical co-lead of the Ethical Artificial Intelligence Team at Google, where she tirelessly advocacy for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is a winner of a 2019 VentureBeat AI innovations award, who characterized her as “one of the strongest voices in the AI community fighting racism, misogyny, and other biases—not just in the actual technology, but within the wider community of AI researchers and practitioners.”

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Anima Anandkumar.  Anandkumar is the director of machine learning research at NVIDIA and the Bren Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Caltech. She has spearheaded the development of tensor algorithms, which effectively process multidimensional and multimodal data for achieving massive parallelism in large-scale AI applications. She is the former Principal Scientist of Deep Learning at Amazon Web Services, a leading advocate against the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement, and the recipient of numerous research fellowships, including from the Alfred. P. Sloan Foundation, NSF, Microsoft, Google, and Adobe. Her work has been featured by PBS, Wired, MIT Technology Review, and Forbes.

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Tage Rai.  Rai is a Research Associate at the MIT Sloan School of Management and an acting associate editor for social and behavioral sciences at Science. His research on moral violence, conflict resolution, and organizational justice has been featured in leading journals, including Nature, The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Psychological Review, and Cognitive Science. His book Virtuous Violence: Hurting and Killing to Create, Sustain, End, and Honor Social Relationships (2014, Cambridge University Press) has been featured in popular press outlets, including NPR, The New Yorker, and The Guardian. Rai received his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from UCLA.

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Heidi Lockwood.  Lockwood is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Southern CT State University, and as a member of the leadership team of Faculty Against Rape. Lockwood began her PhD at MIT in the late 1980s, but left after two years because the institution lacked real options for reporting faculty sexual misconduct. She returned to finish her PhD at Yale in 2003, and has dedicated much of her time over the past decade to supporting victims of campus sexual harassment and assault. She is a leading advocate against sexual harassment in academia, especially philosophy, and is regularly asked to offer her expertise on cases, including for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She is the author of K2 One Woman’s Quest for the Summit (2001, National Geographic Books/Simon & Schuster).

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Abeba Birhane.  Birhane is a Ph.D. candidate in cognitive science at University College Dublin in the School of Computer Science. She studies the dynamic and reciprocal relationships between emerging technologies, personhood and society. Her paper, "Algorithmic Injustice: towards a relational ethics", won the Best Paper Award from Black in AI at the 2019 Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, the preeminent venue for new machine learning and computational neuroscience research. She also teaches courses on critical thinking and AI ethics at UCD.

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Vassiki Chauhan.  Chauhan is a Ph.D. candidate in cognitive neuroscience at Dartmouth College whose research has focused on facial and social processing, and whose recent work includes studies on human and algorithmic biases. She is a leader who has worked tirelessly for greater inclusivity and equality of training and professional opportunities in science, whose advocacy has been featured by The New York Times, Slate, The Associated Press, NPR, The Boston Globe, New York Magazine, and many others.

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Deidre Mulligan. Mulligan is the Associate Dean and Head of School at the School of Information at UC Berkeley, Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, co-organizer of the Algorithmic Fairness & Opacity Working Group, affiliated faculty on the Hewlett-funded Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, and faculty advisor to the Center for Technology, Society & Policy. Mulligan’s research explores legal and technical means of protecting values such as privacy, freedom of expression, and fairness in emerging technical systems. She is the author of Privacy on the Ground: Driving Corporate Behavior in the United States and Europe (2015, MIT Press), a study of privacy practices in large corporations in five countries, conducted with UC Berkeley Law Prof. Kenneth Bamberger. 

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Emma Chapman.  Chapman is a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow based at Imperial College London, and an international advocate against sexual misconduct in higher education. She spearheaded efforts that ended gag orders to silence sexual harassment victims at the University College London. She is Director of Advocacy and Campaigns at the 1752 Group, a research organization coming to end staff-to-student sexual misconduct. She speaks regularly on the topic of harassment and bullying in physics in the international media, and her advocacy has been featured by Nature, The Telegraph, The Guardian, National Geographic, Newstalk, and the BBC. Chapman is also the author of First Light: Switching on Stars at the Dawn of Time (Bloomsbury Sigma, November 2020).

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‪Devin Guillory. Guillory is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at UC Berkeley, where his research focuses on problems in computer vision and machine learning that require learning with fewer labels. He is also an influential student leader who advocates for greater equality and inclusivity in STEM, and the author of the influential manuscript, “Combating Anti-Blackness in the AI Community”.

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Maria Skoularidou. Skoularidou is a PhD candidate in MRC Biostatistics at the University of Cambridge, a rising star in the emerging field of probabilistic machine learning, and a leading advocate for greater inclusivity in STEM, especially for women and people with disabilities. She is the founder of {Dis}Ability in AI, which supports and advocates for people with disabilities in the field of artificial intelligence, and also Women in Data Science and Statistics, a group supported by the Royal Statistical Society. 

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Andrew Smart. Smart is an Associate Principal Machine Learning Fairness User Researcher at Google, where his interdisciplinary background in cognitive science, computer science, artificial intelligence, anthropology, philosophy, and human factors afford him a unique perspective on understanding both the causes and implications of biases in technology. He is also the author of Autopilot: The Art and Science of Doing Nothing and Beyond Zero and One. He writes about neuroscience, philosophy of mind, artificial intelligence, anarchism and culture, and his work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, The Idler, and Quartz.

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Olivia Guest. Guest is a postdoctoral researcher at the Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging at Radboud University, Netherlands, and an international leader in the promotion of equity, diversity, and inclusion in science, especially cognitive computational science. Guest is a computational cognitive modeller whose work develops and tests psychological and neuroscientific theories using formal modelling. She is an editor-in-chief at ReScience C and a topic editor at Journal of Open Source Software.

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Enxhi Myslymi. Myslymi is the associate director of media relations at the Milken Institute, where she promotes the Institute’s efforts across seven centers and several flagship conferences including the Milken Institute Global Conference and Future of Health Summit. She focuses on areas including financial markets, public health, global markets and aging. Previously, she was the director of strategic communications at U.S. News & World Report, where she led their corporate communications, media relations and crisis communications. At U.S. News, she worked on seven verticals across the company, specializing in education, news and money content, such as the Best Colleges and Best States rankings.