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Restorying the Dominant Narrative: A Critical Approach Towards Reimagining Computing Identities

Mia S. Shaw, a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, will be discussing her equity in computing research where she proposes a pedagogical approach towards understanding how marginalized youth’s multiple, social, and political identities impact their connections to computing. Following the address, Mia will walk participants through a restorying workshop, where they will get the experience to design interactive virtual quilt blocks that reimagine the dominant narratives surrounding computing. 

Presenter Bio:

Mia S. Shaw is a doctoral student in the Teaching, Learning, and Leadership department at Penn’s Graduate School of Education. She grew up in the Monterey Bay/Salinas Valley area along the central coast of California. She graduated from Stanford University where she received a BA in Human Biology with a focus on adolescent development and with honors. Before beginning her doctoral program, she was a middle school science teacher in Las Vegas, NV, and a STEM maker educator in Oakland, CA.

Mia is interested in designing STEAM+CS-rich making environments where Black and Brown youth can design artifacts that author expanded identities and restory (reimagine) dominant narratives about STEM and computer science reflective of their lived experiences. In other words, she wants to create learning spaces where Black and Brown youth can just be while designing projects that imagine new futures. Outside of her research, she is a cartoonist and illustrator. Mia loves all things music (alternative hip hop and neo soul are her jam), pop culture, and cats.