Tamara Clegg is an associate professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland with a joint appointment in Education. Her work focuses on developing technology to support life-relevant learning where learners engage in science to achieve personally meaningful goals.

Jessa Dickinson is a Ph.D. student at DePaul University. Her work explores assets-based approaches to co-designing systems and tools with communities that experience oppression. She focuses on how race, political trust, and power impact research collaborations and designed systems.

Betsy DiSalvo is an Associate Professor at Georgia Tech. She leads the Culture and Technology (CAT) Lab, where they study how culture intersects with technology use, production and learning.

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Sheena Erete is an Associate Professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University. Her research explores the design and evaluation of technologies to support community-led efforts that leverage local assets and capacities to address issues such as violence, health, education, and civic engagement.

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Aakash Gautam is a Ph.D. student at Virginia Tech. His research explores ways in which existing assets can be used in supporting a vulnerable group in Nepal. He believes that his culturally-grounded perspective has been his greatest strength in facilitating his current research work. 

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Azra Ismail is a Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech, where she studies the intersections between data, health, and gender in urban India. Her research focuses on women frontline health workers who operate on the margins of the government healthcare system, and examines how technology might recognize and legitimize their knowledges and underpaid care work.

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Neha Kumar is an assistant professor at Georgia Tech, where she conducts research at the intersection of human-centered computing and global development. 

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Lucy Pei is a Ph.D student in Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. She has worked on assets-based design as a response and critique to needs-based technology interventions that often fail to deliver lasting results to the communities they are designed to serve. Her fieldwork has focused on refugee resettlement in the US.

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Nithya Sambasivan is a staff researcher at Google Research and leads the HCI group at Google Research India. Her long-standing concerns in research are at the intersection of equity for people of colour and emerging technologies; recently turning to explore AI, human agency and marginalized communities.

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Emily Roden is the founder and CEO of ReadyRosie, a comprehensive family engagement system co-created with families and educators, and working with over 6500 schools across the country in developing impactful family engagement plans. 

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Wendy Roldan is Ph.D. candidate in the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. Her research explores the design of equitable learning environments in HCI and engineering education contexts across informal and formal spaces.

Picture of Marisol Wong-Villacres, workshop co-organizer

Marisol Wong-Villacres is a Ph.D. candidate in Human-Centered Computing at Georgia Tech. Informed by cultural theories, learning science, as well as ethnographic and participatory methods,  she explores an assets-based design of technologies that support Hispanic immigrant parents as they participate in their children’s education.

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Jason Yip is an assistant professor at The Information School and adjunct assistant professor in Human Centered Design & Engineering in University of Washington. His research examines how technologies can support parents and children learning together.

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