Shadrick Small

Shadrick Small is a staff researcher for the Othering & Belonging Institute. His work at the Institute is largely concerned with belonging metrics and other empirical assessments of belonging. Prior to joining the Institute, he was a data lead for the Louisiana Slave Conspiracies project, a digital archive of primary source documents relating to enslavement in 1790s Louisiana. Since joining the Institute, Shadrick has been appointed to the Alameda County Reparations Committee as an at-large member. A proud and lifelong resident of the East Bay, he holds a BA in sociology from the University of Southern California and a PhD in sociology from UC Berkeley, where his research centered on the intersections of race, culture, and social theory.
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Using Data to Advance Belonging without Othering
Data is powerful, allowing crucial information about the prevailing social and material realities of our world to be conveyed. It can be used to advance very different and sometimes opposing goals. Indeed, data is often leveraged to identify issues, highlight disparities, and advance solutions to pressing social problems and may even be used by social movements to empower organizing efforts and articulate the theretofore underrepresented and unarticulated social problems of their base – this represents a utilization of data ‘from below’. However, certain actors and institutions routinely use...