Data-Smart City Pod: How the Anchor Collaborative is Using Data to Increase Racial Equity

By Betsy Gardner • MARCH 17, 2021

In this episode Professor Steve Goldsmith interviews Elana Needle, the director of the Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative at the Latino civil rights organization UnidosUS. The Anchor Collaborative is a group of nine multi-racial, national organizations, including the NAACP, the National Congress of American Indians, and the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum. Together they utilize data, mapping, spatial analytics, community engagement, and advocacy to report and combat the racist power structures that have disenfranchised millions of Americans of color.

Listen below, or wherever you get your podcasts, to hear Professor Goldsmith and Director Needle discuss the value of data-driven advocacy, how mapping can improve census response rates, and how cooperative efforts can increase racial equity on a local and national scale. Transcript available here.

About the Author

Betsy Gardner

Betsy Gardner is a writer for Data-Smart City Solutions and the producer of the Data-Smart City Pod. Prior to joining the Ash Center, Betsy worked in a variety of roles in higher education, focusing on deconstructing racial and gender inequality through research, writing, and facilitation. She also researched government spending and transparency at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Betsy holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Policy from Northeastern University, a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Boston University, and a graduate certificate in Digital Storytelling from the Harvard Extension School.