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Robert Florida is Assist. Director of Strategic Communications & Media Relations at Columbia University's Data Science Institute. He focuses on the Institute’s harnessing of data to foster innovation, solve societal problems and develop NYC as a thriving tech center. Previously, Robert was a staff writer for Columbia University’s Teachers College and at New Jersey Institute of Technology, writing about STEM research, humanitarian engineering and the success of first-generation students. While a journalist, he worked at daily newspapers, weeklies and magazines in the metro region and taught college journalism & writing.

Campus Diversity in Data Science – by Robert Florida

Meet the Class of 2020:
Kevin Womack Works to Increase Diversity in Data Science

campus diversityAs an undergraduate student at Morehouse College, Kevin Womack double majored in mathematics and computer science. To study two such demanding fields was doubly difficult, he says. But, crediting his mother (an engineer) and his father (a computer scientist), Womack says that quantitative reasoning came naturally to him and he was undaunted by the workload. Now a student in the master’s degree program at the Data Science Institute at Columbia University, Womack excels in his coursework and is an advocate for increased diversity in data science. Here, he discusses his background, his career goals, and his commitment to diversity.

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