Empowering Women into Data Science
LOUISVILLE FUTURE OF WORK INITIATIVE
Interested in social justice and are between the ages
"Float Like a Butterfly Sting Like a Bee"
~ Muhammad Ali, Graduate of Central HS, Pilot School of The ButterFly Project
It’s been said, “If a butterfly flaps its wings at just the right time in just the right place. It can cause a hurricane thousands of miles away. It's chaos theory, but see, chaos theory isn't exactly about chaos. It's about how a tiny change in a big system can affect everything.”
~ Jay Asher
The Butterfly Project provides the training necessary to support careers for historically underrepresented groups in data/technology fields and provides real assistance for grass-root organizations committed to supporting marginalized groups in Louisville.
The program both taught and enhanced data science skills and promoted the application of those skills for the cause of social justice and progress.
“There are so many people struggling to find homes and housing especially in the specific demographic her group focused on during the Butterfly Project. All of the issues they covered are not mutely exclusive and should be addressed as such.”
~ Tamia (Student Participant)
"What People Are Saying"
“My major is data science, so this internship has been the first time I’ve used data in a real world sense. Seeing what my actual major looks like in the real world makes the work we are doing much more meaningful and important”
– Kerry Effinger (Bellarmine University)
Using real local data, the participants worked together with community non-profits to support the non-profits in their efforts to address the systemic inequities that directly impact Louisville residents. Students learn data analytics for the purpose of finding and visualizing existing data that supports their community nonprofit partner, in addition to discussing data gaps.
Students also receive additional training on:
Community empowerment through data
The Jemez principles
Causation vs correlation
Effective science communication to non-academic audiences
For All Major Home Appliances
2021 Global Mayor Challenge
Creating the diverse workforce of the future.
The Future of Work's Butterfly Project has been selected as the program that will be featured to represent Louisville, KY as one of 50 Champion Cities in the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2021 Global Mayors Challenge! We look forward to joining and learning from this global community of innovative cities as we work to improve upon The Butterfly Project in the months ahead.