King County GIS Center Workshops


Instructor: Greg Babinski

(206) 477-4402

About the Instructor: I am the Marketing and Business Development Manager for the King County GIS Center in Seattle, where I’ve worked since 1998. Previously I worked for nine years as GIS Mapping Supervisor for the East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland.

I have an MA in geography from Wayne State University. I am a GISP – Certified GIS Professional. I am a Past-President of URISA and founder and Past-Chair of URISA’s GIS Management Institute. In 2005 I founded The Summit – the Washington State GIS Newsletter.

I originated the URISA GIS Capability Maturity Model and participated in the development of the Geospatial Management Competency Model.

Most recently I have focused on the application of GIS for issues related to equity and social justice. I am co-author of the URISA-Certified ‘Introduction to GIS for Equity and Social Justice’ Workshop. I am an American Geographical Society 2019-2020 Ethical GEO Fellow. My fellowship project is to develop GIS for ESJ Best Practices, which will be published in the GIS & T Body of Knowledge.

In addition to GIS consulting, I am a GIS researcher, author, and instructor. I have spoken about GIS management across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. I also taught GIS for Public Policy as an instructor with the University of Washington Evans Graduate School of Public Administration. In my spare time, I like to hike steep, narrow and dangerous trails that lead high above the clouds to awesome views.

Course: Introduction to GIS for Equity & Social Justice


This workshop will serve as an introduction to recent trends and practices related to using GIS for equity and social justice (ESJ). We will explore critical race theory (CRT) and trends in critical race spatial analysis. We will review recent literature and academic programs around the topic of GIS for ESJ. Most importantly we will outline best practices for GIS professionals in doing GIS for ESJ work. This includes creating a data/mapping/application support framework both for their own work and to support the work of non-GIS professionals.

Agenda and Topics Covered

  • Introduction and grounding exercise
  • Why GIS for equity and social justice (with class exercise)
  • Understanding how maps and GIS can be used to create long-term inequity
  • Critical race theory (with class exercise)
  • Principles of equity and social justice
  • How upstream policies impact downstream outcomes
  • The role of public policy
  • GIS code of ethics and moral imperative
  • The role of GIS professionals
  • Critical race spatial analysis
  • How GIS and maps can expose oppression and inequity
  • The role of ESJ practitioners
  • Best practices for GIS professionals doing ESJ work (with open discussion)
  • How GIS can be used to manage and monitor pro-equity policies (demo Esri-King County ESJ dashboard)
  • Examples of public agencies with ESJ policy priorities
  • Educational resources for GIS professionals
  • The URISA GIS for ESJ workgroup
  • Bibliography and acknowledgements
  • Final discussion, evaluation, and call to action
GIS professionals interested in ESJ work, plus ESJ practioners interested inlearning about how GIS can be used for their work.

    Date: Wed, Oct 14 (1/2 Day)

    Cost: $100.00

    This course is intended for: GIS professionals interested in ESJ work, plus ESJ practioners interested inlearning about how GIS can be used for their work.

    Requirements: Familiarity with GIS tools, such as ArcGIS or QGIS, and business analytics tools,

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