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Critical Issues in Data and Research Discussion Group

The Critical Issues in Data and Research (CIDAR) discussion group was created to bring people who work with data or do research together to discuss topics relating to justice, equity, and inclusion in these realms. Each meeting, we'll focus on a case study or theory to discuss what we can learn from these examples and how we can apply more ethical practices to our work.

The group meets virtually every other month on the second Friday at 11am. Register to receive the link to the Bluejeans meeting. Use the Bluejeans desktop app for automated captions.

If you have ideas for topics for meetings, please email Margaret Janz at

Upcoming CIDAR Meetings

Friday February 12, 2021

Join us for the first ever CIDAR discussion group! This group will meet every other month on the second Friday to discuss issues related to justice, equity, and inclusion in data. For our first meeting, we'll be discussing the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance and data sovereignty. No reading is required but checking out the CARE Principles ahead of time is encouraged.

Register for the link to Bluejeans meeting.

Friday April 9, 2021

Topic to be determined


Past CIDAR Meetings

Code of Conduct

Expected behavior

  • Be respectful.
  • Be inclusive and welcoming, for example honoring pronoun preferences.
  • Yield the floor to those who may have underrepresented voices.
  • Understand different perspectives
  • Respecting the expertise of others.
  • Appreciate and accommodate our similarities and differences.
  • Allow space for others to speak - listen as much as you speak.
  • Do not repeat what others say in the discussion group outside of the group.

Behavior that will not be tolerated

  • Violence and threats of violence.
  • Personal attacks.
  • Sexual images, audio, language, or attention.
  • Bullying or intimidating behavior.
  • Encouraging unacceptable behavior.
  • Derogatory or insulting language.

If you are not behaving according to this code of conduct, you will be removed from the discussion and not allowed to return. CIDAR meetings will have a zero tolerance policy for unacceptable behavior and believe those who report it. 

This code of conduct is meant to create a space where all people feel safe to participate, introduce new ideas and inspire others. We hope to be a welcoming space for people of  all races and ethnic backgrounds, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, physical abilities, physical appearances, socioeconomic backgrounds, nationalities, ages, religions, and beliefs and a place where everyone feels free to speak, be included in conversations, and be heard. We strive to provide an environment that’s free from all forms of harassment, including microaggressions.

For concerns relating to CIDAR code of conduct, please contact Margaret Janz at