Mapping Social Justice Panel Discussion

  • November 20, 2020 • 10 AM – 12 PM

During Geography Awareness Week, the Data Users Group welcomes a panel to examine social inequities in our society with a spatial lens.

Our speakers will address housing, voting, racial violence, and ethical land use.

Free and open to all.

Pre-registration is required. Click here to sign up.

Panelists Include:


John Cruz

Data Management Coordinator at Rise STL 

John uses geospatial and census data to tell a visual story of what is happening with land use in the St. Louis region while also tracking neighborhood change indicators. He works with both the Rise technical assistance team and real estate team.


Caitlin Lee

Researcher, Writer & Designer

Caitlin Lee is a researcher, writer, and designer interested in how power structures the built environment. Her reporting on the use of Housing Choice Vouchers and development incentives in St. Louis City can be found in The Atlantic’s CityLab and The Riverfront Times. As part of her award-winning investigative reports on predatory landlord Nathan Cooper, she triangulated public records to build the first database of his hundreds of properties. Coalitions have since used her map of these properties to organize tenants in and around the Dutchtown South neighborhood. Her most recent publication chronicling St. Louis’ rent strike of 1969 can be found in Belt Publishing’s St. Louis Anthology.


Dr. Marguerite Madden

The Director of the Center for Geospatial Research (CGR) and Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Georgia (UGA)

Dr. Madden’s research over the past 27 years at UGA has focused on geographic information science (GIScience) and landscape analysis of vegetation, landscape-level human impacts on natural environments, and more recently, collaborative research in animal behavior, wildlife disease, human geography and environmental design.


Dr. Gena Gunn McClendon

Director of the Voter Access and Engagement and the Financial Capability and Asset Building initiatives at the Center for Social Development

Her work primarily involves policy research analysis and consultation with community-based programs, academic institutions, state and federal policymakers and advocacy groups. Dr. McClendon’s program development and policy advocacy work focuses on issues related to voter suppression and civic participation of low- and moderate-income households and marginalized populations.


Dr. Geoff Ward

Professor of African and African-American Studies, Sociology and American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

His scholarship focuses on the racial politics of social control and pursuit of racial justice, historically and today. He has published numerous research articles and essays on these topics and is the author of The Black Child-Savers: Racial Democracy and Juvenile Justice (University of Chicago Press, 2012), an award-winning study of the rise, fall, and haunting remnants of Jim Crow juvenile justice.