Educational Offerings; Faculty and Institution Building
Columbia-Lehman Public Interest Technology Data Science Corps (PIT-DSC)
A collaboration between Columbia University and Lehman College proposes to initiate and pilot a Public Interest Technology Data Science Corps (PIT-DSC) summer URE program that offers experiential learning based on projects of public interest in NYC’s underserved communities, in partnership with Town+Gown:NYC (a city-wide university-community partnership program). It allows NYC’s own data science talent to contribute to these important projects, while simultaneously diversifying the data science pipeline. The proposed summer URE program will be thoroughly evaluated in terms of learning outcomes, ethics, and pipeline diversity and inclusion. We also propose to identify stakeholders’ interests and curricular elements for PIT education.
Faculty and Institution Building
Justice Equity + Tech Initiatives @ Columbia Social Work
The Justice Equity + Tech (JE+T) lab sits at the intersection of social work and emerging technologies to map and address complex social ecologies and to inform the development of digital tools designed to not only avoid harm but to promote social equality. The proposed projects are grounded in an anti-racist and anti-oppressive practice, focusing on supporting, a) meaningful engagement of expertise from non-technologists and non-academics in contributing to the development of public interest tech and technologies and, b) transdisciplinary classroom, experiential and clinic based learning and collaboration.
Rethinking Human Computer Interaction: New Design Principles for Public Interest Technology
We both define and promote Public Interest Technology through new, interdisciplinary design processes and principles for Human Computer Interaction — mixing Architecture, Computer Science, Journalism — that respond to the potentials as well as the adverse effects of computation on society today.
Lydia Chilton, Assistant Professor, Computer Science