What We Do

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Mission Statement:

The Institute for the Quantitative Study of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity, Inc. (QSIDE) brings the vanguard of quantitative methods together with expertise from the social sciences, humanities, and arts to discover the impact and scope of injustices, and partners with grassroots activist organizations to build solutions to remedy them.

Vision Statement:

We work for a world in which all people, regardless of who they are, how they appear, or how they identify, are enabled equally, respected universally, empowered inclusively, and valued equitably.

What Drives Us:

Co-founded in April, 2019 by Chad Topaz and Jude Higdon, QSIDE brings the vanguard of quantitative approaches to bear on social justice issues in order to promote inclusion, diversity, and equity.

Civil rights leader, educator, and investigative journalist Ida B. Wells said that “the way to right wrongs is to shine the light of truth upon them.” QSIDE’s approach is built on this idea. By bringing quantitative expertise together with expertise from the social sciences, humanities, and arts, we discover the impact and scope of injustices and build solutions to remedy them.

To achieve our goals, we have a five-fold strategy:

  • Build capacity for collaborative research via skills trainings, research conferences, and community building opportunities for quantitative scientists and social justice experts from other fields;
  • Incubate, conduct, and disseminate cross-disciplinary quantitative social justice research;
  • Elevate, magnify, and capitalize the work of marginalized scholars and activists to diversify and include historically silenced voices;
  • Inform the public through data transparency and sharing; and
  • Leverage our discoveries through partnerships with individuals and organizations empowered to act

Photo by Barnett, from http://blackusa.com/ida-b-wells-barnett via Wikimedia Commons.

Our History

Chad Topaz and Jude Higdon co-founded QSIDE in 2019. QSIDE is the pre-eminent research-into-action network applying mathematics, data science, and computation to social justice. 


The QSIDE Leadership team is an impressive group of thinkers, innovators, and change-makers who come together to advance a social justice agenda.

The QSIDE Fellows are a diverse group of individuals working together to achieve QSIDE’s mission.


QSIDE’s research continues to be featured in the national and international press, including articles or mentions in “The Guardian”, “The Atlantic”, “Science”, “The Wall Street Journal”, “Non-Profit Quarterly”, “Mother Jones”, “MIT Technology Review”, “The Smithsonian Magazine”, “The San Francisco Chronicle”, and “Hyperallergic”, among  others.

Donor Honor Roll

We would like to thank all the individuals, groups, and institutions who have given to the QSIDE Institute. Your support keeps us centered on our mission of using data science to fuel social justice. The Donor Honor Roll page serves to recognize the support of our donors.