Your Monthly News & Updates
URISA GIS Leadership Academy - Virtual Edition
Our inaugural virtual GIS Leadership Academy in August exceeded expectations, and the demand for the training is off the charts, so we're doing it again during the week of November 9!

We are already at 65% capacity for the November GLA, so please don't wait too much longer to reserve your spot.

"Having now attended many virtual meetings/conferences, your application of the technology was excellent. I think the virtual academy is very valuable and the reduced costs were the only way I would have been able to attend. I will recommend to colleagues."
"The highest value was the excellence of the instructors! Their ability to convey their experience and lessons-learned over their career were invaluable. Next were my fellow students, their participation and questions and experience were also invaluable. Great content, exercises, etc. Overall one of the best and most valuable trainings ever."
We have three in-person Academies on the calendar in 2021:
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota - June 7-11, 2021
  • Portland, Oregon - August 16-20, 2021
  • St. Petersburg, Florida - November 8-12, 2021 

GIS-Pro 2020 - A Virtual Success!
We started with pre-conference workshops and heard amazing keynote addresses from Governor Martin O'Malley, FEMA's Chris Vaughan, and NGS's Juliana Blackwell.

We learned about the evolution of the Johns Hopkins' COVID-19 dashboard, redistricting, GIS ethics, racial equity & GIS, and so much more.

We hosted topic-driven meet-ups and informal networking events, and wrapped it up with post-conference workshops. It was a whirlwind! But the preliminary reviews were extremely positive. Hopefully you joined us!

We're working on video edits and will distribute access to all of the recorded sessions to registrants in the next couple of weeks so you can revisit your favorite sessions and catch those you may have missed. The platform will be available for several months.

Thank you again to the conference committee, speakers, sponsors, and attendees for a great experience!
Introducing a New Webinar Series
The Vanguard Cabinet and Professional Education Committee are proud to collaborate on a new webinar series featuring the finalists from the Vanguard Cabinet’s 2020 University Student and Young Professional Digital Competition.

The first webinar in the series will be presented by Joy Christine Nduta Kimani, a university student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya. Her presentation A Look at Teenage Pregnancy Cases in Kenya showcases her research on adolescent pregnancies in Kenya. Her research explores the impacts of teen pregnancies on the health of the mothers and offers strategies for reducing teen pregnancies. Tableau is utilized to share the story of teen pregnancies in Kenya via data visualizations.

Student Webinar Series: A Look at Teenage Pregnancy Cases in Kenya
Thursday October 29, 2020
3 PM Eastern/2 PM Central/1 PM Mountain/12 Noon Pacific
Register here.

The live webinar series with Q&A will be available to URISA members only at no cost on October 29th. Additional webinars presented by the 2020 University Student and Young Professional Digital Competition finalists will be scheduled for winter and spring 2021.
Other Events
URISA's Corporate and Educational Institution Partners are actively developing virtual events and webinars to help you stay connected with trends and technology advances. Those events, in our Industry Calendar, are noted with URISA Partner tags. Both Datamark and New Light Technologies have recently introduced regularly-scheduled events.

Chapter educational opportunities are also regularly added to the calendar. This week the New England URISA Chapter is hosting their NEURISA Day 2020. Excellent program!
More News
Are you caught up with the podcasts co-hosted by URISA's Vanguard Cabinet and Directions Magazine?

The latest is a conversation with Black Girls MAPP about Community Mapping and Social Justice. Check them out here.
Stay Safe and Connected
How are you? This year of COVID-19, wildfires, storms, remote work and education, and constant disruptions to 'normal life' have been difficult, to say the least.

It's so important to have a professional network during this time. Be sure to reach out to your fellow members to ask for help or recommendations, share ideas and lessons learned via our online community, URISA Connect.

Members have recently requested two new communities in Connect: Women in URISA and Remote Sensing. Expect new groups focused on Pro-Equity & Anti-Racism Climate Change & Climate Equity! URISA members are active!
Renew your 2021 Membership
Renew your 2021 membership now before the busy holiday season begins. Easy to do online! Click here.
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