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Where professionals of African descent in the GIS industry can connect and network with each other to build community and belonging at Esri User Conference 2021.

Welcome to Homecoming Week

Homecoming Week’s theme: Creating and Innovating Through and Beyond the Pandemic

Sun. July 11, 2021 – 9:00 a.m. (PDT)

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Virtual Happy Hours

Sat. July 10, 2021 – 2:00 p.m. (PDT)
Tues. July 13, 2021 – 4:00 p.m. (PDT)
Tues. July 13, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. (GMT+1) – Africa Nations
Wed. July 14, 2021 – 11:00 a.m. (GMT+1) – Africa Nations

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GIS Can Look Like You! Careers in GIS

Highlighting career options in the GIS and technology field

Mon. July 12, 2021 – 4:00 p.m. (PDT)

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African Women in GIS

Mon. July 12, 2021 – 4:00 p.m. (GMT +1)

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Education Spotlight

An interactive and fun session for those of us looking for ways to involve youth

Mon. July 12, 2021 – 5:00 p.m. (PDT)

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Tips for Presenting on the Big Stage

Wed. July 14, 2021 – 4:00 p.m. (PDT)

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HBCU Spotlight

Africa Town Showcase with Dr. David Padgett + Students

Wed. July 14, 2021 – 5:00 p.m. (PDT)

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Thursday, July 15, 2021 – Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Science Symposium in support of Dawn Wright, Esri Chief Scientist

6:15 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. (PDT) Streaming Live


Using GIS to Operationalize Racial Equity & Social Justice in support of Clinton Johnson, Yolanda Richards, Koya Brown of NorthStar

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (PDT) Streaming Live


GIS for Equity and Social Justice SIG in support of Clinton Johnson of NorthStar

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (PDT) Streaming Live


NorthStar and Blacks in GIS: The Homecoming

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (PDT) Streaming Live

The NorthStar and Blacks in GIS: The Homecoming is a networking opportunity for GIS practitioners of African descent and allies. It provides a platform for showcasing the role of GIS in understanding, articulating, and resolving problems confronting underrepresented communities. This year’s themes include entrepreneurship, socio-economic justice, and the impact of under-representation of Black people and other racialized communities. Please join the conversation!


More from Esri ERG’s
Claro (Latinx Professionals in GIS) SIG

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. (PDT) Streaming Live



1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (PDT) Streaming Live


Asian, Desi, and Pacific Islander Professionals and GIS SIG

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. (PDT) Streaming Live

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User Conference Sessions
Homecoming Speakers
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