Equity - Fall 2016

Scholars' Studio: Equity research at the Research Commons. November 17, 2016

All slides are linked below in PDF format.

Opening Presentation - Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Textbooks: Tools Toward Equity

  • John Danneker, Director, Odegaard Undergraduate Library

John Danneker is Director of Odegaard Undergraduate Library. With Chelle Batchelor, he co-chairs the UW Libraries Open Educational Resources Steering Committee (OERSC), a cross-divisional group that includes representatives from numerous partners across UW.  The OERSC provides strategic direction for Libraries-led efforts and initiatives in OER education and advocacy. Its members work collaboratively to create an environment where faculty are aware of open textbook options and where the use of open textbooks is supported. Click here for additional information about OER and related efforts at the UW.


No More Ivory Towers: The Necessity of Non-Academic Discourse in the College Classroom

  • Roger Chao, English

Roger Chao is currently a doctoral candidate in the area of Language and Rhetoric at the University of Washington, specializing in first-year writing, rhetorical criticism, and writing program administration. Much of his work falls under ecocomposition - the study of the relationship between environments and discourse (re)production. During his tenure at UW, Roger has also worked closely with the University of Washington in the High School (UWHS) program, serving as the Assistant Director/Liaison for two years.


Blocks4All: Making Block Programming Languages Accessible for Blind Children

  • Lauren Milne, Computer Science and Engineering

Lauren is a fifth year NSF fellow PhD student in the Computer Science and Engineering department. Her research is in the field of accessibility, focusing specially on interfaces for people with visual impairments, and she is advised by Richard Ladner


Supporting Equity in Smartphone Accessibility with Third-Party Repair Tools

  • Anne Spencer Ross, Computer Science and Engineering

Anne got her B.S. in computer science at the University of Colorado. She’s very excited to be presenting at Scholars' Studio! She is a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering. Her broad interest is in human-computer interaction. Anne’s passion lies in enabling diverse groups of people to access, interact with, and communicate information through technology. Working toward equitable access to technology is essential for engaging with and supporting our whole community to increase connection, innovation, and well-being. Anne is currently working with Dr. James Fogarty on making android applications more accessible to people with disabilities.


France’s Willful Blindness

  • Lise A. Lalonde, French and Italian Studies

Lise Lalonde is a fourthyear PhD candidate in the French & Italian Studies department at the University of Washington. Her fields of interest are affect theory, race and postcolonial studies, social justice and critical language pedagogy. Her dissertation work is concerned with the issue of race in the construction of French identity, and with questioning white heteronormative French institutions.


Drinking Water Quality in Seattle Public Schools: A Case of Environmental Equity

  • Rachel Blakeslee, Marine and Environmental Affairs

After graduating with a B.A. in International Affairs and completing three years of service as a bilingual teacher with Teach For America, Rachel began her Masters at UW’s School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. She developed an interest in water issues through her combined experiences of teaching and international research, where she witnessed an alarming pattern of freshwater crises that plagued both the developing and developed world alike. Her current thesis work, titled 'Drinking Water Quality in Seattle Public Schools: A Case of Environmental Equity', examines the current state of water quality in Seattle’s public schools, and the larger pattern of environmental inequity that it represents.


Race and Mobility: Equity Unreached

  • Matthew Howard, English

Unapologetically a Texan, Matthew was born in Galveston, raised in Houston, and went to college in Austin. After realizing that there’s more to the world than that place (in his words), he began pursuing graduate education at the University of Washington. After one year, Matthew completed his Master’s degree in English Language and Literature and set his sights on understanding the relationship between mobility, kinesthetics, and race. Being reared in a car-crazy culture that valorizes individualism and (moderate) racial uplift has helped him garner insight into the effects of restriction and freedom from one of America’s most beloved symbols: the automobile.


Whose Genomes Matter?

  • Alice B. Popejoy, Public Health Genetics

Alice B. Popejoy is a fifth-year PhD candidate in Public Health Genetics, with a Certificate in Statistical Genetics from the University of Washington. A trans-disciplinary scholar, she conducts evolutionary and population genetics while quantifying and illuminating the issue of minority under-representation in genomics. Alice came to UW with a science policy background and has continued her public service through student government. Among her former positions are GPSS President and Chair of the Provost Advisory Committee for Students (PACS). She currently Co-Chairs the Dean’s Advisory Committee for Students (DACS) in the School of Public Health.


Apartheid Angeles

  • Enrico Doan, Cultural Studies

Enrico is a first year Masters student with the Cultural Studies Program through UW Bothell. He is generally interested in border studies, transnationalism, narratives of national trauma, and the legal discourse of race. More specifically, his research asks how modern surveillance is a project of the state, involved in the production of identity and citizenship. Enrico argues that hyper-surveillance re-imagines new borders, engenders new methods of minoritizing, and engages in a cyclical process of legality and legitimacy with racialized violence. He hopes that his research will help expand a discourse on the recognition of statehood.

Ethnicity, Transition, and Problems of Equitable Boundaries in Myanmar

  • Erin M. McAuliffe, International Studies

Erin L. McAuliffe is a second-year MA student in the Jackson School of International Studies’ Southeast Asia Center. She is a 2015-2017 Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship recipient for Burmese. Her research traces the origins of racial/ethnic terminology and stratification in Burma/Myanmar through colonial censuses and post-colonial territorial reforms. At the UW, Erin is also a cybersecurity fellow in the International Policy Institute and a research assistant on the TASCHA project on information literacy in Myanmar. Erin previously lived in northern Thailand on a Fulbright grant and worked for two Burmese NGOs on the borderlands.

Open Access: Equity in Science

  • Ashley Dawn Farley, Library and Information Science

Over the past decade Ashley has worked in both academic and public libraries, focusing on digital inclusion and providing access to scholarly content. She is completing her Masters in Library and Information Sciences through the UW’s Information School. Currently, Ashley is an Associate Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, working for the Knowledge and Research team. In this capacity, she is on the core Open Access team, focusing on the foundation’s Open Access Policy’s implementation. This work has sparked a passion for promoting open access, believing that freely accessible knowledge has the power to improve and save lives.