Critical Race Spatial Analysis: Exploring New Possibilities for Mapping Racial (In)justice (IRDL Speaker Series)

Thursday, February 18, 2021 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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The IRDL Scholars Speaker Series is designed to shine a spotlight on voices and ideas that challenge traditional ways of conducting research. It surveys various topics, including specific research methods and critiques of processes associated with western social science approaches, with the intention of inspiring research explicitly rooted in social justice.

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As librarians, educators, and researchers, we welcome this opportunity to reflect and incorporate what we learn from these speakers into our own research efforts, so that our methodologies integrate anti-racist and anti-colonial practices. The series is coordinated by a working group of IRDL Scholars. Each speaker session is free to attend via Zoom; anyone interested is welcome.

The session with Vélez will be moderated by IRDL scholars Michael Flierl and Rosalinda Linares.

About the Speaker

Verónica N. Vélez is an associate professor and the founding director of Western Washington University’s (WWU) Education and Social Justice Program. Her research is grounded in critical race theory (CRT), Latinx critical theory (LatCrit), radical and tactical cartography, and Chicana feminist epistemologies. Influenced by these frameworks, she developed critical race spatial analysis (CRSA), a framework and methodological approach that seeks to deepen a spatial consciousness and expand the use of geographic information systems (GIS) in critical race research in education. As a result of this work, Vélez is featured in the second volume of ESRI Press’s Women and GIS: Mapping Their Stories. Vélez pursued her graduate studies at UCLA, completing an MA and PhD in social science and comparative education with a specialization in race and ethnic studies. She is also a National Academies Ford Foundation Fellow and a faculty fellow with the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE).

About IRDL

The Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) is a continuing education program for academic and research librarians designed to prepare novice researchers for careers as librarian-researchers. For more information, go to

About the William H. Hannon Library

The William H. Hannon Library fosters excellence in academic achievement through an array of distinctive services that enable learners to feed their curiosity, experience new worlds, develop their ideas, inform their decision-making, and inspire others. More information can be found at

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