Social Impact

About:

Information technology is having enormous societal impacts, both positive and negative. Often, these impacts are the result of decisions made early in the design process when the voices imagining what technology could be and shaping how it emerges are limited and when ethnically underrepresented communities are often marginalized.

For this reason, researchers, designers, and developers from these communities have a central role to play in articulating social impact and potential for communities as well as help create alternative, innovative visions for what technology can be in this world.

This summer research workshop is designed to foster a strong cohort of underrepresented researchers working on topics related to the social impact of information technology by providing research experiences and career building opportunities.

Rising seniors and graduate students at any stage from a variety of disciplines are invited to attend, including — but not restricted to — informatics, computer science, science and technology studies, communication, product design, urban and rural studies, and visual arts.

Eligibility for Participation:

Eligibility for this Social Impact Summer School is evaluated using the following three factors:

  1. Our goal is to build a cohort of students from underrepresented groups, including but not limited to African-American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American/First Nations, Native Alaskan, or foreign nationals of similar background. People outside these groups may also apply and be considered.
  2. Rising seniors through all stages of graduate programs are eligible.
  3. Applicants must reside in the U.S. (including Alaska, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) or Canada.

The next Social Impact Summer School will occur in June 2023.