UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry Partners on Program Centering Black Women and Technology

Collaboration with Spelman College, Atlanta University, and Mozilla Foundation will examine the crucial role of Black women in the history, development, and utilization of technology.

The UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2) co-presents “The Future is Intersectional: Black Women Interrogating Technology,” a yearlong series presented in collaboration with the Spelman College Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM, the Atlanta University Center Data Science Initiative, and the Mozilla Foundation.

“There is no better place to cultivate and activate Black women in STEM than Spelman College,” says C2i2 Executive Director Vanessa Wrenn Rhinesmith. “We are honored to support the mission and crucial work of the Spelman College Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM led by Dr. Tamara Pearson. One of the aims of C2i2 is to give voice and enable those too often underrepresented and undervalued in technology. We are eager to ignite the next generation of Black women in STEM alongside Dr. Pearson and Spelman.”

The program will include talks and other forms of convenings that cover both the vast contributions of Black women to technology and related issues, as well as the challenges and experiences of Black women in technology and tech-related fields.

The series kicked off with a talk by C2i2 Scholars Council member Dr. Ruha Benjamin (Princeton University) and was followed by two panel discussions as part of the Mozilla Foundation’s annual MozFest event. 

The next event will feature Moya Bailey, assistant professor of Africana Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Northeastern University, to take place on Wednesday, April 7, 5:30-6:30 p.m. EST. 

Professor Bailey will present, “Misogynoir Transformed: How Nelly Made Me a Digital Alchemist.” Her work is focused on the use of digital media by marginalized groups to promote social justice and in how race, gender and sexuality are represented in media, health, and medicine. Bailey currently curates the #transformDH Tumblr initiative in digital humanities, and is also the digital alchemist for the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network. Professor Bailey is an MLK Visiting Scholar at MIT for the 2020–2021 academic year.

To register for these events and for more information, visit the Spelman College Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM website.

To learn more about the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, visit this link.