Africana Studies

A Guide to African, African American, and Africans in the Diaspora Resources

Black Lives Matter Data

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Ms. Holly Davis, Research Commons Services Coorindator, and  Ms. Leta Hendricks, African American and African Studies Librarian, have put together a list of resources for researchers interested in looking further into issues of policing, the Black Lives matter movement, racial discrimination, health information and issues of educational access. Please see the list for data and reporting resources at the university, state and national level.

United States

PolicyMap: Available data includes demographics, home sale statistics, health data, mortgage trends, school performance scores and labor data like unemployment, crime statistics and city crime rates. Allows you to display data visually through custom demographic maps, tables, reports and an analysis tool

Social Explorer: provides quick and easy access to current and historical U.S. census data and demographic information. The easy-to-use web interface lets users create maps and reports to illustrate, analyze, and understand demography and social change. Social Explorer includes over 40 billion data elements; 500,000 variables; and more than 25,000 interactive maps

Mapping Police Violence: A interactive map of police killings in the United States, with downloadable data. Tools allows researchers to compare states, cities and national trends

Bureau of Justice Statistics: The Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Law Enforcement Unit maintains more than a dozen national data collections, covering federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and special topics in law enforcement. Most data collections are conducted every two to four years and focus on aggregate or agency-level responses, meaning the information that is collected pertains to units, such as police departments, training academies, and crime labs. The data from law enforcement agencies provide national estimates for personnel, equipment, operations, agency policies, budgets, and job functions across agencies

Washington Post’s Fatal Force (Police Shootings Database): includes downloadable data for police-involved shootings of a civilian from 2015 – present, as well as an interactive map. The database can be searched for different demographic data such as race, gender, history of mental illness and more

Black Lives Matter four-year anniversary report: The Black Lives Matter movement was started in 2013 after the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin. The movement has put together a 4-year anniversary report outlining the history of the movement, guiding principles, advocacy work, a call to action and more

Use of Force Project: a database that provides the use of force policy for over 100 police departments across the United States

Pew Research Center: provides a number of datasets for secondary analysis on topics such as U.S. policy, social and demographic trends, journalism/media and more


Ohio Department of Education Data Query Tool: This tool allows researchers to pull data on K-12 disciplinary action, enrollment data, attendance, graduation, testing and more. Reports can be disaggregated based on demographic selections, including race.

Using this data, The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity provides reports and analysis of Ohio K-12 school discipline actions, with breakdowns that look at race, ability and other categories

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Bureau of Research: provides data, statistics and reporting on prison population projections, jail reports, DRC census data and more

The Ohio Department of Health: provides data and statistics on health in Ohio that can be broken down into different demographics, such as race. Includes:

  • Ohio Public Health Information Warehouse: A self-service online tool where researchers can obtain most recent public health data. Researchers can create custom reports, charts and maps from a variety of data sources
  • 2019 Online State Health Assessment: The 2019 SHA is a comprehensive and actionable picture of health and wellbeing in Ohio. This interactive website displays state and county-level data on topics such as demographic trends, leading causes of death, population health, healthcare spending, access to health care, public health and prevention, social and economic environment, and physical environment.

The Office of Criminal Justice Services: Provides Ohio data on crime statistics (by county and city), hate crimes (2005- 2018), policing, prisoners and more.

Vice News: provides downloadable standardized and raw data on killings by police in the nation’s 50 largest police departments. Includes data for Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati police departments

The Ohio State University

Office of Enrollment Services Analysis and Reporting: Provides a variety of reports and data on students enrolled at Ohio State, with breakdowns by race. OESAR’s standard reports include:

  • The New First Year Student Profile provides a quick overview of recent incoming classes by highlighting characteristics such as ACT and SAT score averages, high school graduating class rank, and residency and minority student counts
  • The Admissions Comparison and Summary Report is the university’s only all term, all student admissions report. The Course Distribution by Academic Program Report summarizes enrollment for each term by course subject and catalog number
  • Each term, OESAR publishes the Official 15th Day Enrollment Report. This report serves as a census of student enrollment and includes breakdowns by a number of academic and demographic categories, including academic program, and counts by gender and ethnicity. These census reports support a number of trend reports available on the site

Researchers can also initiate a specific data request regarding enrollment or admissions data on OESAR’s website. Responses typically take 2-4 weeks. OESAR also provides reports focusing on graduation and retention rates for:

The OSU Bias Assessment Response Team (BART) and campus climate reportsFor researchers interested in looking at the climate on The Ohio State University’s campus, the Bias Assessment and Response Team releases its yearly reports on bias-related incidents on Ohio State’s campus. You can view incidents of racial bias, and bias related to religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and more.

Reports from the Center for the Study of Student Life (CSSL): CSSL provides data on the student experience at Ohio State. The following reports provide information that include breakdowns by race.

Status on Women at Ohio State Report: The Women’s Place provides their 2020 and list of previous reports since 2002, which include information about women of color who hold tenure-track faculty positions, and breakdowns of professional (non-faculty) staff and department chairs by race.

Department of Public Safety: The annual security report provides data for conduct referrals and crimes reported both on-campus and off-campus as defined by the Clery Act; report also includes information about reported hate crimes.

The Office of Human Resources: Provides data and reports about employees, salary/earnings and also reports that provide diversity data (gender and race) for faculty and staff by unit:

African American and African Studies Librarian and Comparative Studies Librarian

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