Nekpen Osuan

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service

Nekpen Osuan  is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is a 2017 Council of Urban Professionals Fellow and a seasoned project management and analytics professional. Her passion for data-driven decision-making has led her to present at the 2016 South by South Lawn Conference at the White House and was an adjunct at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Her prior roles include leading wealth management strategy at Morgan Stanley, serving as a state lead for President Obama's re-election campaign in Florida and leading Special Education reform at the NYC Department of Education. Nekpen enjoys travel and serves on local non-profit Boards including the junior Boards of Generation Citizen, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity's Junior Leadership Board (SEO JLB) and The College Initiative. Nekpen earned her Masters in Economics and Education Policy from Columbia University and her Bachelors with Honors at Baylor University.

We live in a data-rich world in which seemingly simple visualizations represent complex realities. Data has the potential to inform decision-making and influence public or corporate policy, and when visualized with appropriate context, data has the power to be an impetus for change in the world. In this hands-on introduction to data visualization, we will focus on finding data from public sources, cleaning it to prepare for visualization, then circulating visualizations on blogs, social media, or other online platforms with appropriate context. Our learning will take place through a sequence of projects that invite students to frame a problem or a question related to their career, find data, create visualizations, and then circulate them online.

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We live in a data-rich world in which seemingly simple visualizations represent complex realities. Data has the potential to inform decision-making and influence public or corporate policy, and when visualized with appropriate context, data has the power to be an impetus for change in the world. In this hands-on introduction to data visualization, we will focus on finding data from public sources, cleaning it to prepare for visualization, then circulating visualizations on blogs, social media, or other online platforms with appropriate context. Our learning will take place through a sequence of projects that invite students to frame a problem or a question related to their career, find data, create visualizations, and then circulate them online.

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