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NorthStar is a community group working to increase representation, belonging, and inclusion of people of African descent in GIS.
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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

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Professional Networking
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GIS Career Awareness
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Enhance GIS Industry Talent & Offerings
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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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