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Our Mission

A more racially-just world through a more racially-just GIS.

We advance intersectional racial justice, equity, and belonging:

  • For all people of the Black and Black African diaspora in the fields of GIS, geography, and STEM
  • For people of all marginalized groups in the world, through the application of GIS, geography and STEM
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GIS for Equity & Social Justice

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Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging

Fostering an inclusive climate where people of African Descent belong and their perspectives are reflected in geospatial resources including solutions, services, and events

Our Goals

Professional Networking
GIS Career Awareness
Enhance GIS Industry Talent & Offerings
Building Community Relationships

"With NorthStar, we hope more students will embrace the industry with a community of professionals that want to support and encourage their future career in GIS."

Aisha Jenkins, Leadership, NorthStar
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"We want to create a space where people of African descent and allies in the field of GIS can enrich the opportunities that location intelligence brings to communities around the world."

Clinton Johnson, Founder, NorthStar
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Community Partners

Blacks United In Leading Technology (BUiLT) Forward International