Data Advocacy for All

An open access modular curriculum for teaching data advocacy in higher educational settings.


Data Advocacy for All is an eight-module curriculum that leverages minimal computing and open-source tools to enhance student abilities to inquire with data, communicate with data, and deploy data for social advocacy.

Data Advocacy for All has been designed for students across the disciplines with no prior data science or computing experience. This college-level curriculum includes pedagogical modules, ready-made data sets, tutorials, links to open-source tools, and flexible curricular resources.

Data Advocacy for All is a CU Next Award Grant project that has been realized by a team of digital rhetoric and digital humanities faculty at CU Boulder and Denver in concert with CU Boulder’s Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship (CRDDS).


About the Project and Curriculum About the Team Behind the Project

What is Data Advocacy?


“Data advocacy is an integrative practice of analysis, design, and communication in which insights from a dataset are effectively conveyed to raise public awareness and drive social change.” (Laurie Gries, “A Rhetorical Data Studies Approach to Data Storytelling and Advocacy”)


Data Advocacy for All teaches data advocacy through two main approaches:

Data Feminism

Data feminism interrogates how data both propagates and resists sexism, racism, and other intersecting forces of oppression in order to create “more just, equitable, and livable futures” (D’Ignazio and Klein, 2020, n.p.).

Rhetorical Data Studies

Rhetorical data studies (Gries, forthcoming) investigates the links between data, communication, and power in order to better understand how data-driven stories and arguments generate knowledge, garner public attention, and, among other actions, mediate socio-cultural change.


Getting Started Explore the Curricular Modules

News & Events

Oct 14, 2023 “Data Advocacy for All” presented by Nathan Pieplow at the Conference on Community Writing, Denver, CO, October 14, 2023.
Sep 21, 2023 “Teaching Cultural Analysis of Datasets,” Dr. Lindsay Poirier, University of Colorado Boulder (in-person and over Zoom). September 21, 2023, 12:30pm-1:30pm MST. Part of the Data Advocacy for All Speaking Series. Watch a recording of this workshop here.
Aug 21, 2023 Ongoing “Data Advocacy for All” Speaker Series for CU Boulder and CU Denver
Aug 17, 2023 “Building a Data Advocacy Curriculum,” presented by Cameron Blevins at the Digital Pedagogy Institute, Virtual, August 17, 2023