Education and Workforce Working Group



2021-2022 Speaker Nominations Now Open 

Join the Education & Workforce Working Group

The Education & Workforce Working Group meets virtually the first Friday of every month at 11AM EST!

The Education and Data Science Workforce Group consists of South Hub members from industry, academia, and government actively engaged in securing funding for and developing: (1) the use of government open data to support education and training in data science; (2) faculty and student data science training and curriculum development; (3) broadening and deepening the data science talent and workforce base; (4) connecting training in academia to industry and government needs, and (5) workforce development experiences for students to connect to industry, government, and non-profit organizations.

Chaired by Renata Rawlings-Goss

The South Hub Education and Workforce Working Group is seeking speakers for monthly working group calls.  If you are interested in sharing your research, projects, or resources, please contact Kendra Lewis-Strickland and Renata Rawlings-Goss

The Data Science Education and Workforce Working Group is an open monthly professional working group for data science educators and program leaders to talk and hear from other programs around the country, as well as learn about resources for connecting with data, tools, industry partners, and research. 

The focus of the group is to: 

  1. Highlight funded Data Science education projects, programs, and resources 
  2. Share best-practices for project-based courses & teaching approaches
  3. Provide experiences with assessment or evaluation approaches for Data Science teaching or Data Science programs.

The Education & Workforce Working Group meets virtually the first Friday of every month at 11AM EST, if you are interested in the group, join the mailing list.


Interested in Project-Based Teaching or Program Assessment?  

Join of our two sub-working groups focused on these topics.  These sub working groups are led by community members to define the direction of the sub-working group and the outputs needed in this community.  If you're interested in joining the Project-Based Teaching or Program Assessment sub-working groups, please contact Kendra Lewis-Strickland at


Resources for Learners, Educators, Program Leaders and General Purposes

Each month the speakers provide and reference valuable resources to benefit the Education & Workforce Community.  Resources include course curriculum, course designs, course materials, and other resources.

Education & Workforce Working Group Resources


May Presenters

Friday, May 6, 2022 at 11AM EST.


Seema Iyer | S.E.E.D.S Outcome: Evaluation and Demonstration of Open Data Portal Technology for Smart Cities and Data Science for Social Good  


Seema D. Iyer PhD is associate director and research professor for the Jacob France Institute in the University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business. Dr. Iyer oversees the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (BNIA) , which annually prepares the Vital Signs compendium of open data for Baltimore’s neighborhoods. The award-winning BNIA project is part of the Urban Institute's national partnership of sites that provide longitudinal data on demographics, housing, crime, education and sustainability. BNIA just released the Baltimore Community Change Project with a set of 6 reports that tracks how Baltimore's neighborhoods have changed over the last decade in terms of race, affordability, building vacancy, accessibility, connectivity and quality of life. Academically, she is also director of UBalt’s Real Estate and Economic Development program and teaches courses on real estate principles and local economic development. In 2019, she helped launch the M$T Bank Real Estate Fellows Venture competition at UBalt to create pathways for early-stage developers interested in working with stable, middle-market communities in Baltimore. Dr. Iyer was the 2021 recipient of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents faculty award for Public Service. Dr. Iyer holds a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her most recent publication is: Iyer, S. (Co-Editor) (2021). Monitoring Sustainable Development Goals in North American Cities: Best Practices in Community Planning and Performance Measurement. Springer Nature.
Sonya Dennis | S.E.E.D.S Outcome: Incorporating Data into an African American Diaspora Course  


Dr. Sonya Dennis is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Morehouse College, in Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Dennis holds a B.S. from Savannah State, an MS from Clark Atlanta, and a PhD from Walden University.  Her career has spanned industryc and academic experiences.  She was a recipient of a mini-grant award from the 2020 S.E.E.D.S Program Large Award Recipient, the HBCU-DSC.  Her mini-grant award explored Data in an African American Diaspora Course.


Working Group Chairs

Renata Rawlings-Goss-Georgia Institute of Technology (chair), Andrew Zieffler- University of Minnesota (co-chair), Chris Tunnell- Rice University (co-chair), and Leah Wasser – University of Colorado Boulder (co-chair).

For questions please contact Kendra Lewis-Strickland (

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