VOICES for Social Justice

VOICES for Social Justice

Brought to you by the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech, VOICES features conversations from experts on social justice issues facing American society. These conversations aim to shine a brighter spotlight on the negligence of lifting our poor communities, and the lack of equitable access to upward mobility and quality education and healthcare.

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May 11, 2021 65 min
In this episode of VOICES for Social Justice, Lien has a heartfelt discussion with Michelle Lee (Computer Science Content Specialist in a public Bay Area district) and Lily Ho (Computer Science Lead Educator at NYC Department of Education) about their experiences as AAPI women in the United States. The trio discuss the historical context that has led us to where we are today, explore the Model Minority Myth and its impact on the ed...
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This month we’re talking about money. That’s right, funding plays a huge role in achieving equity in education and we are exploring the many facets of the world of philanthropic educational funding. We dig deep into the grant-making process, including what makes a grant proposal stand out, tips for finding funding resources, and more with our friend, Josh Elder, director of grants management at the Siegel Family Endowment.

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Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Executive Director Jake Baskin joins the podcast to discuss the isolation that teachers, especially computer science teachers, often experience, the CSTA Equity Fellows program, and what he hopes the education system will take away our time teaching in a pandemic.

Jake also applauds the CS Ed community on how much policy work has been done, shares his best professional development experie...
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It’s Black History Month and we couldn’t think of anyone better to celebrate with than Nicki Washington. Washington was the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in computer science from North Carolina State University and was the first Black female faculty member of Howard University’s computer science department. In 2019, she was inducted into the Computer Science Hall of Fame. She is currently a professor of practice at D...
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Ruthe Farmer, a leader in expanding access to computer science education joins the podcast to talk about her new initiative, The Last Mile Education Fund. The Last Mile is a disruptive approach to increasing diversity in engineering and tech and offers financial support for underrepresented students who are close to graduating. Farmer shares heartfelt stories that inspired the creation of the non-profit that will break your heart.

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It’s Computer Science Education Week! To celebrate, we are joined by Jannie Fernandez from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) and TECHNOLOchicas to talk about the impact of CS Ed Week over the years, how we can better support women –specifically Latina women – in technology, and what it means to have the first female vice president in United States history.

Host: Lien Diaz
Guest: Jannie Fernandez, Direct...
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Do racism and classism still exist in U.S. classrooms? How has Covid-19 exposed the depths of inequities in our education system? How can professional development be better designed to help teachers succeed? We’re joined by leading education experts, Gail Chapman and Dale Reed to discuss the current state of American education and what future improvements need to be made.

Host: Lien Diaz
Guests: Gail Chapman (Director of Outreach at ...
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Today we’re joined by two experts to discuss how bias and fairness in algorithms slowly impact human behavior over time. From how our social media feeds can become dangerous echo-chambers to what ads we see as we scroll through Instagram, we address how this can affect our buying habits, mental health, political views, and more. Our experts also give advice on how to protect you and your family’s data.

Host: Lien Diaz
Guests: Swati G...
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September 28, 2020 67 min
2020 has officially gone topsy-turvy. Between a pandemic and a contentious election year, issues like racial and gender equality, healthcare, the economy, and education are more at stake than ever. One silver lining is that teacher’s superpowers and large cracks in our education system have been unveiled for all to see.

In episode four of VOICES, we spoke with Charity Freeman and LaShawne Long-Myles, teachers in Chicago Public Scho...
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In episode three of VOICES, Lien Diaz talks with Jean Ryoo, Joanna Goode, and Jane Margolis on what access really means, the impact of Covid-19 on the education system, and a decade after its publishing, reflects on Margolis and Goode’s groundbreaking book, Stuck in the Shallow End.

Watch the episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/w09Dm8qz2so
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Lien Diaz is joined by Art Lopez, a 33-year veteran teacher at Sweetwater High School in San Diego, Calif., CSTA San Diego chapter president, and CSTA Grades 9-12 representative to the Board of Directors.

Together, the duo discusses how to support Latinx students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Another major focal point of their conversation is how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted schools, especially ...
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To kick off the series, Constellations Director of Innovation and Educational Leadership Lien Diaz spoke with Stephanie Rodriguez, vice president of policy and engagement at AnitaB.org.

Together, the women explored the current landscape of careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for women and minorities, what challenges these groups are facing when it comes to upward mobility and income inequality, and what Anit...
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