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Identity & Computing Lecture Series: Understanding Racism and Bias in Computing
Speaker Name
Dr. Michele Williams
Date and Time
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Location
Virtual, registration is required
Abstract

This second lecture in the Identity & Computing Lecture Series: Understanding Racism and Bias in Computing welcomes Dr. Michele Williams, who explains how people in computing must ensure inclusion of people with disabilities. This means teaching and creating technology inclusive of people with disabilities, and going deeper in understanding how ableism causes non-disabled people to not consider disabled people in the first place.

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About the Identity & Computing Lecture Series: Understanding Racism and Bias in Computing:
Both computing departments and tech organizations have long struggled with creating equitable and inclusive environments for people of diverse identities. Both 2021 and 2021 highlighted the dangers of not understanding identity and its impact on computing environments as well as technology. The Identity & Computing Lecture Series features guest speakers with expertise in topics related to identity and computing.

Each event will be held live via Zoom and is open to all members of the Duke community (faculty, staff, and students).

This series is funded by the Duke Office for Faculty Advancement's Faculty Seed Grant (led by PI Dr. Nicki Washington and Co-PI Dr. Xiaowei Yang).

Short Biography

Dr. Michele A. Williams has 16 years of academic and industrial experience in UX, accessibility, and technology including training, design consultation, user research with disabled participants, and code remediation for building WCAG-compliant technology.

She is passionate about ensuring people with disabilities are not excluded from technology. Coupling her passion with her expertise, she now offers consulting services including accessibility training for UX professionals and key stakeholders, and project advising including auditing, research facilitation, and design consultation.

Host
Nicki Washington, Duke Computer Science and Duke Faculty Advancement