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Inclusion and Equity Committee Update: Greetings AAPOR Members!!

by Tamara Terry, Inclusion and Equity Committee Chair
I am excited to announce that the AAPOR Inclusion and Equity Committee (IEC) has identified and appointed our first six subcommittee chairs. In line with the IEC charge, these roles shall support the establishment, implementation, and maintenance of programs that promote the inclusion of diverse AAPOR members and ensure that members of marginalized groups receive equitable opportunities, recognition, and support within the organization. 
High-level structural overview: 
The IEC is composed of six subcommittees each led by a subcommittee chair under the direction of the IEC chair and associate chair. The IEC subcommittees are as follows: 
  • Culture and Communications- Sara Walsh, NORC
  • Outreach- Rodney Terry, U.S. Census Bureau 
    • Talent pipeline planning 
    • Membership diversification  
  • Learning and Professional Development- Dana Garbarski, Loyola University Chicago
  • Affinity Groups- Luis Tipan, SSRS 
  • Nominations and Awards- Anna Sandoval Girón, U.S. Census Bureau 
  • Metrics and Accountability- Joe Murphy, RTI International   
Sara Walsh is a senior research director at NORC at the University of Chicago. Her work focuses primarily on the implementation of the collection of physical measures and biospecimens in survey research. Sara is a former MCR committee member and served as chair to the MCR communications subcommittee, served on the AAPOR Virtual Platform Selection Committee in 2020, and is currently a councilor-at-large for MAPOR. Sara is involved in DREI working groups at NORC and looks forward to serving on the AAPOR IEC. 

Rodney L. Terry, Ph.D. is a research psychologist at the U.S. Census Bureau. Starting there as a post-doctoral fellow in 2008, he has spent his entire career focusing on inclusion and equity topics. Initially, his research focused on helping ensure inclusion and equity in two areas. The first area focused on how the Census Bureau measures race and ethnicity, via cognitive tests of experimental race and ethnicity questions designed to reflect currents ways that respondents of racial and ethnic minority groups self-identify. The second area focused on reducing persistent coverage error for racial and ethnic minority groups in decennial censuses, via ethnographic evaluations of live enumerations during the 2010 Census.  Rodney has also demonstrated dedication to inclusion and equity via his service to AAPOR as a member of the Diversity Subcommittee of the AAPOR Education Committee. During this time, he helped organize AAPOR conference sessions in 2018 and 2019 about AAPOR career paths to help attract young and early career conference attendees to AAPOR-related careers and service. He also helped organize SurveyFest 2020 by selecting panelists for two speaker panels at the event and served on the organizing committee for the Send-a-Speaker program that aims to attract college students to AAPOR. Outside of the Diversity Subcommittee, he is also a member of the AAPOR Cross-cultural and Multilingual Research Affinity Group. 

Dana Garbarski is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and director of the University Core Curriculum at Loyola University Chicago. Starting in 2018, she held a three-year concurrent position as the Farrell Endowed Assistant Professor in Gannon Center for Women and Leadership. In this position, Dana was in charge of developing programming for faculty at her university that aids in fostering their research and professional development. As a sociologist, Dana’s research goals are to examine and inform the valid and reliable collection of survey data on health and well-being, with an intersectional focus on dimensions of race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, and sexuality. Dana has been serving on MAPOR Council since November 2015, first as a member-at-large and member of the MAPOR Conference Committee, then as associate conference chair (2018), conference chair (2019), and now as president (2020-21). In addition, she organized the 2017 Interviewer-Respondent Interaction Working Group meeting at the MAPOR conference, and planned, organized, and moderated a panel on women and leadership in 2018. 

Luis Tipan is director of statistical weighting at SSRS, a full-service survey and market research firm in Pennsylvania. At SSRS, Luis coordinates research projects at the national and international levels with a focus on statistical weighting and sampling methods. He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in economics, international relations, and Hispanic studies. Additionally, he is pursuing a Master of Arts in survey research at the University of Connecticut. He is interested in and has presented research in the fields of higher education and economic development. Furthermore, he has, similarly, investigated on various subjects related to statistics. Before coming to the U.S., he lived in Quito, Ecuador, where he worked with the city mayor on public health and community development projects. Luis has served on the Executive Council of the Pennsylvania/New Jersey chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (PANJAAPOR) since 2015, currently as president. 

Anna Sandoval Girón is a research sociologist at the U.S. Census Bureau. She has more than a decade of experience in qualitative research methods including multilingual questionnaire design, stakeholder interviews, and field-based research. Expert on bilingual cognitive interviews for pre-testing survey instruments and UX research. She is currently on detail in the 2020 Census, Integrated Partnerships and Communications Branch where she serves as lead researcher for operational evaluations. She has been an AAPOR member for over 10 years and has experience as co-chair of the Cross-cultural and Multilingual Affinity Group, QUALPOR, and HISP-AAPOR. 

Joe Murphy is a senior survey methodologist at RTI International with 23 years of industry experience. Joe researches the application of new technologies to improve the quality, relevance, and efficiency of survey research. He specializes in complex data analysis and dashboard design. Joe’s research has been published in many journals, including Public Opinion Research, the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, and the American Journal of Public Health. Joe has been an AAPOR member since 2002. He served on Executive Council as membership and chapter relations chair; was co-chair of the Task Force on Emerging Technologies in Public Opinion Research which released two important and highly cited AAPOR reports: Social Media and Public Opinion Research and Mobile Technologies for Conducting, Augmenting and Potentially Replacing Surveys; and served as a member of the AAPOR Data Falsification Task Force, Seymour Sudman Student Paper Competition Review Committee, and Communications Committee. Joe is a fellow and past president of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR). At RTI, Joe is an ally in the Black Employees Resource Group and member of the Survey Research Division Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee.