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February 27, 2019 | 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Category: Conference
Location: Student Center Hilberry D | Map
5221 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

Alexandria will present a workshop on how systems of oppression impact how data is used, who has access to it, how this will impact marginalized communities, and just how these communities - especially transgender people of color - can also use this data to protect themselves. With the advent of the internet and the Digital Age, there's been an explosion of data - economic, social, and political. Everything is available through the internet and this information can be transmitted from person to person easily. What this workshop will is provide an understanding of the oppressive applications of information, from predictive policing to how robots are already displaying racial biases, how people of color can develop their own measures against this, and just how can transgender people of color in particular use this to benefit their communities.   Speaker bio: Alexandria K. Celestine is a nonbinary person of transfeminine experience; her work history starts with Affirmations where she was Youth Intern and gained a working understanding of systems of oppression, youth development, and working with marginalized communities. From there, she went on to work with Detroit REPRESENT!, a collective of LGBTQ+ youth who make media to resist oppression and worked with the Trans Sistas of Color Project, where she learned how to work with transgender women of color. Through Detroit REPRESENT! she began to take an interest in technology, data, and research. During that time, she would also go through the ACLU's Transgender Advocacy Program, which would be instrumental to helping her understand national scale civil rights work and community organizing across different parts of the United States. She has lectured at University of Michigan's social worker's program several times, worked with the University of Maryland to further improve assessment of programs for LGBTQ+ foster care youth, and was trained by Henry Ford Health Systems in doing community research, research justice, and classical data science. She now works at Michigan Science Center as the STEMinista Program Coordinator, and information specialist handling their data, learning to integrate machine learning principles into her repertoire. As an information specialist, she is especially knowledgeable of the intersections of social justice and information.

For more information about this event, please contact LGBT Student Advisory Board at 3135771010 or