Cal Poly intends to continue our work with public and private sector partners to assess how to best to train students for new careers at the intersection of technology and ethics; to develop new educational opportunities and support for faculty through our Strategic Research Initiative on Data Science that focuses on data science for good and data science for all; and to work with other PIT university members in California and local community colleges to explore models for how PIT can be used to increase access to higher education and create a more inclusive tech workforce.
Matthew Harsh, Associate Professor of Science, Technology and Society
Strengthening the Public Interest Tech University Network
Promoting Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in the Local Community Through Collaboration on Interactive Virtual Reality (VR) Training Tools
Historical inequities in academia and healthcare professions are major barriers to the advancement and wellbeing of marginalized populations. We aim to improve diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the local community by incorporating immersive (virtual reality) VR components into existing sexual and gender harassment, and transgender awareness training. With local partners and research assistants, we will assess training needs and develop 2 screenplays for DEI VR simulations. The impact of novel training methods will create better prepared public sector and health workers and stronger relationships with marginalized communities, increased resources available for the PIT UN network, and ultimately a reduction in health disparities.
James Werner, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Media Arts