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Closing the Data Skills Gap with Dr. Melody S. Goodman

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Today’s episode is brought to you by Tableau. As an industry leader, Tableau has committed to enabling 10 million people with data skills over the next five years.

As part of our Tableau series on the importance of data skills in education, your host Ralph Newell sits down with Dr. Melody S. Goodman, Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the School of Global Public Health at New York University.

Tune in as Dr. Melody S. Goodman speaks to data as the world’s greatest commodity and why everyone should understand how it works. But you don’t have to be a data scientist to have data literacy!

Learn how you can help close the data skills gap and hear Dr. Goodman’s experiences incorporating data skills into her community’s education and the impact it’s having.


  • Data is now the world’s most valuable resource
  • Why data literacy is important, especially for students
  • The ethical issue behind data analysis
  • Are we at a data skills deficit in the classroom?
  • How to help increase data literacy in BIPOC students
  • Tapping into the genius of low-income communities


“Whoever does the analysis is essentially the narrator. They're telling the story, right? And they're telling the story from their perspective. And in many cases, data scientists and statisticians are not black and brown folks.”

“It is highly unlikely that all of the genius in this country comes out of the suburbs. You don't believe that there's genius in our ghettos and barrios and our reservations, as much as there is in our suburbs?”


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