The PIT-UN Social Justice Informatics Faculty Fellows Program
Achieving social justice is a global challenge of our time, and requires strategic partnerships among universities, government, and nonprofits. We propose to build a city-wide collaboration that can work toward achieving social justice in Austin, Texas through complementary expertise in social justice and public interest technology. This project will bring together faculty fellows with diverse backgrounds and expertise to learn from and collaborate with community organizations to create a community of practice around social justice informatics. Twenty-four faculty fellows will primarily be drawn from a large flagship university (UT-Austin) and a small HBCU (Huston-Tillotson U.) and will partner with government and community organizations.
Strengthening the Public Interest Tech University Network
Top-5 iSchools UT-Austin and U. of Michigan will jointly organize a conference and develop an online community to bring together researchers and educators aiming to align undergraduate (UG) informatics education with public interest technology (PIT), generating a toolkit promoting UG PIT education.
Kenneth R. Fleischmann, Associate Professor, University of Texas, Austin, School of Information, Amelia Acker, Assistant Professor, UT-Austin; Patricia Garcia, Assistant Professor, University Michigan, School of Information; Eric T. Meyer, Dean and the Mary R. Boyvey Chair and Louis T. Yule Regents Professor, University of Texas, Austin; Casey Pierce, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, School of Information and Kentaro Toyama, W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information, University of Michigan, School of Information