communicating work, creatively
In the value that research should be accessible, these creative media were made to express research topics to a variety of audiences.
GLITCH: Queer & Trans People of Color Digital Survival
This zine hopes to explore the experiences and strategies of Queer & Trans People of Color (QTPOC) while navigating disclosing sexual orientation and gender identity/expression (SOGIE) data for information systems:
How are users “glitching” themselves to operate in systems that do not seek to understand or center their needs? Ultimately, our goal is to increase the digital safety of QTPOC by understanding, reflecting and promoting their online self-preservation strategies.
A Playbook To Be Proud Of: LGBTQ+ Inclusive User Account Design
Digital platforms utilize data collection processes to assess demographic data about their users through user account (UA) creation. The information that these platforms require users to fill out include selecting preferences that provide options which oftentimes misrepresent gender and sexual orientation identities of users, disproportionately affecting the LGBTQ+ population. This research aims to leverage literature from academic resources that center LGBTQ+ inclusivity, surveys and interviews from LGBTQ+ technology users, and interviews including usability studies with product teams across industries.
QPoC Navigating Risks & Benefits of Technological Coping
This video gives an overview of a qualitative study about how Queer People of Color manage the risks and benefits of using technology to cope. This doubly marginalized group experiences stigma from their racial/ethnic community, as well as experiencing stigma from the LGBTQ+ community. While there are many studies that focus on either being queer or being a person of color, there is little to be found for studies that specifically focus on this intersection of identities. This research aims to provide new insights on how this specific community learned to navigate virtual spaces where their stigma remained pervasive.
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