Data Activism Program

Katherine Ouellette

Thank you for your interest in our  Data Activism program. All available spots for this program have been filled. If you would like to be put on the waitlist, please email Raechel Walker ( We invite you to keep an eye on our website and stay tuned for future Data Activism programs.

If you have already applied for the current program, you should expect to receive an email regarding the required consent and assent in the near future. 

Thank you again for your interest and we hope to have the opportunity to work with you in the future.

My name is Raechel Walker. I'm a 2nd year master's student in the Personal Robots group. I am ecstatic to announce that I will be teaching the second Data Activism Program from Feb 18th - April 22nd. Here is a short description of the program:

The Data Activism Research Study aims to teach African American high school students in Boston and Cambridge to use computer programming, data science, and art to challenge power inequalities, such as racism. Additionally, the high school students will collaborate with community organizations on their projects that require data analysis. Community partners and students will be part of every aspect of the research project, such as conducting background research about a specific example of systemic racism, finding a data set, and implementing a data analysis. 

Students will be taught from February 18th through April 22nd on Saturdays in the MIT Media Lab from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays.  Also, there will be 1 hybrid class during the week based on the student’s availability for 1 ½ hours.  Based on the student’s schedule, they can join the hybrid class in-person or virtually for the class that happens during the week. Here is the link to the more explicit schedule with all the days they will need to be in person or virtual. Overall, the project will introduce students to critical thinking and teach them the computer programming skills required to challenge social injustice.  All students will be compensated for their participation at a rate of $10 per hour.  If you're interested in learning about the summer data activism class that was taught in 2022, please read this MIT News article. Additionally, if you would like to see the summer data activism student projects in more detail, here is a link to a brochure of their work for your review. 

Also, please watch the video below about the data activism program that will start Feb 18th, 2023: 

I would love to provide additional information and answer any questions you might have. Please email me at if you have any questions. We hope you can join us. 

Data Activism in the News: