Survey Research And Diversity And Inclusion

Presented in Partnership with the Eagleton Institute of Politics.

WHAT: A panel of distinguished speakers highlighting research methods, survey findings, the power of survey data to drive change, and diversity efforts in the survey research industry. 

WHO:    Neil Ruiz, Associate Director at Pew Research Center

Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU)

Chance Patterson, founder of Chance Impact

Tamara Terry, Inclusion and Equity Chair for AAPOR and Research Survey Scientist at RTI International

WHEN:  Wednesday December 2, 2020 from 5 PM to 7 PM Eastern (US)

WHERE: Virtual



Pew Research Center’s associate Director Neil Ruiz will explore the characteristics of the Asian American population, their prominence in the U.S. electorate and the challenges that come with studying Asian Americans through polling and demographic data. Dr. Ruiz will also examine what Asian Americans think about discrimination amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Neil G. Ruiz is associate director of global migration and demography at the Pew Research Center. He studies the international movement of people across borders, high-skilled immigration to the U.S. and around the world, demographic analysis of Asian Americans, and comparative legal immigration systems. Prior to joining the Center, Ruiz was the executive director of the Center for Law, Economics & Finance at George Washington University, and he has also worked as a migration and economic development expert at the Brookings Institution, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. He is a political economist with a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s degree from Oxford University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.


Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), will present findings from the American Muslim Poll on Islamophobia. She will present on the construction of ISPU’s Islamophobia Index, what Islamophobia is linked to, what factors protect against higher Islamophobia and what factors predict it.

Dalia Mogahed is the Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, where she leads the organization’s pioneering research and thought leadership programs on American Muslims. Mogahed is former Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, where she led the analysis of surveys of Muslim communities worldwide. With John L. Esposito, she co-authored the book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think. President Barack Obama appointed Mogahed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009. She was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations about U.S. engagement with Muslim communities. Her 2016 TED talk was named one of the top TED talks that year. She is a frequent expert commentator in global media outlets and international forums. She is also the CEO of Mogahed Consulting.


The emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement has led many companies to reassess their own Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. As corporations face mounting internal and public pressure to demonstrate meaningful D&I results, organizational surveys serve a crucial role in developing effective D&I strategies. This session will address practical lessons learned in the use of survey data in this high-pressure environment. 

Chancellor (“Chance”) Patterson is the founder of Chance Impact, a leadership and purpose consulting firm ( Chance has more than 20 years of experience in entertainment branding, digital content marketing, global communications, investor relations, CSR, D&I and lobbying to help leaders and organizations unlock new financial, social impact and personal growth opportunities.  From start-ups, technology companies and mission-driven social enterprises to global brands and celebrities, Chance’s work focuses on creating and communicating trust in a shared vision for success reflecting each client’s unique mission and value proposition to enable that trust to serve as currency for growth and credibility when business challenges arise.


Ms. Tamara Terry is a Research Survey Scientist in the Survey Research Division at RTI International, with 20 years of experience in survey research, project management, leadership development, and training design/implementation. Her wide range of experience includes managing and providing senior level support on numerous large-scale education, health, and social science research projects, in addition to providing development support for research proposals and study design. 

Ms. Terry is a champion for social justice, racial and gender equity, diversity, and inclusivity within the Triangle and nationwide. She currently serves on RTI’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leadership Council where she co-leads the Research Triangle Park(RTP) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Collective with the Research Triangle Foundation. Tamara is the Relationship Manager for RTI’s partnership with North Carolina Central University, an HBCU in Durham, NC and was recently selected as the first Inclusion and Equity Chair for the American Association for Public Opinion Research.