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NGA, Gallaudet University to team up for GeoSpectrum Conference

 May 20, 2021

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The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Gallaudet University are co-sponsoring a new geospatial conference, GeoSpectrum, to bring together subject matter experts from government, academia and industry to examine the importance of diversity in analysis during humanitarian crises.

Registration is open for the May 24 event that will kick off at 10 a.m. and feature several engaging talks, research demonstrations and a career fair for student attendees. 

The conference theme, Diversity and Equity in Analysis: Its Role in Humanitarian Crises, focuses on how diverse talent and technology can work together to advance geospatial capabilities.

In order to keep pace with competitors on the world stage, NGA must increase opportunities to recruit diverse students in science, technology, engineering and math to thrive in career paths as intelligence professionals. As part of this program, NGA and Gallaudet will sign an educational partnership agreement, formalizing a wider research and engagement relationship. The EPA will aid in the education experience of Gallaudet students and faculty by providing a mechanism by which they can benefit from the staff expertise, unique facilities and equipment available from NGA.

The deaf and hard of hearing community, which makes up the population of Gallaudet University, is a part of the diverse talent that will be discussed during the conference. The community’s sense of visual acuity provides a unique approach to problem solving, particularly as it pertains to visual analysis.

CBS Senior Investigative Reporter Catherine Herridge will join the main stage as the emcee of GeoSpectrum. Building on Herridge’s 2020 coverage of NGA’s mission, Herridge will drive valuable conversations across government, industry and academia.  

The agenda features:

  • A conversation between Gallaudet President Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano and Vice Adm. Robert Sharp, NGA director, moderated by CBS News Senior Investigative Correspondent Catherine Herridge
  • Fireside chat with Herridge and ODNI’s Director of Equal Employment Opportunity Rita Sampson
  • Research demos from NGA, Gallaudet University, Howard University and University of Central Missouri
  • Remarks from Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Adam Schiff

To initiate your registration, visit: Please note this event will be hosted via Zoom a dial-in is provided in the registration confirmation for anyone unable to access the event on Zoom. 

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