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Feb 15

Designing to Disrupt: Creating space for the work that matters to you

February 15, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CST

ISLS Speaker Series: Dr. Nicki Washington

Part of the Researching for More Just Futures: An ISLS Speaker Series

ABSTRACT: Events of 2020 (e.g, the global Black Lives Matter protests and COVID-19 pandemic) saw the greater STEM community learning more about identity, oppression, and how they are reflected in both their disciplines and greater society. However, for many scholars, this was not new, as they had commonly harmful academic and professional experiences. In this talk, Dr. Nicki Washington discusses her path in computing, how that has shaped her work in identity-inclusive computing education, and why ”doing the work” is something for every scholar in every discipline.

Dr. Nicki Washington

Dr. Nicki Washington is a professor of the practice of computer science and gender, sexuality, and feminist studies at Duke University and the author of Unapologetically Dope: Lessons for Black Women and Girls on Surviving and Thriving in the Tech Field. She is currently the director of the Cultural Competence in Computing (3C) Fellows program and the NSF-funded Alliance for Identity-Inclusive Computing Education (AiiCE). She also serves as senior personnel for the NSF-funded Athena Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI). Her career in higher education began at Howard University as the first Black female faculty member in the Department of Computer Science. Her professional experience also includes Winthrop University, The Aerospace Corporation, and IBM. She is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University (B.S., ‘00) and North Carolina State University (M.S., ’02; Ph.D., ’05), becoming the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in computer science at the university and 2019 Computer Science Hall of Fame Inductee. She is a native of Durham, NC.

The talk will take place 12–13:30 CST, 18–19:30 GMT
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February 15, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CST
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ISLS & Wallace