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Washington lecture featured in Pitt SCI article

Written by: Brady Kim

Dr. Nicki Washington is the AiiCE Director and holds the positions of Cue Family Professor of the Practice of Computer Science and Professor of the Practice in the Program of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies at Duke University. Her recent talk titled "Designing to Disrupt in Computing: Why We Should 'Color Outside the Lines,'" was featured in an article by the University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information (Pitt SCI). Dr. Washington articulated the need for a shift in academic and professional settings to accommodate marginalized groups effectively and discussed the concept of positionality and its impact on shaping individuals' perspectives and experiences. She advocated for embracing diverse perspectives as an integral component of computing innovation rather than sidelining it.

At the heart of Dr. Washington's approach lies the principle of 'coloring outside the lines,' a call to action for creating inclusive environments where everyone's contributions are valued and celebrated. Her efforts at Duke University, particularly through the transformative course COMPSCI 240: Race, Gender, Class & Computing, exemplify this commitment to fostering a more inclusive computing culture. Through initiatives like the Cultural Competence in Computing (3C) Fellows program and her involvement with AiiCE, Dr. Washington continues to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in computing education.

Dr. Washington: Pitt SCI article