NSL Presents: Tech Equity Exploring the intersections of tech, poverty & inequality.
10/20 at 7PM in Leyburn 119 & Zoom: Tech (in)equity & Interventions with Katie Yurechko '24.
Katie Yurechko is a junior studying Computer Science, Philosophy, and Poverty and Human Capability Studies at Washington and Lee. She belonged to the Good Nabors cohort her first year and has since served on the Nabors Service League Educational Programming Committee. Through her leadership with the Bonner Program, Campus Kitchen, Volunteer Venture, and more, Katie has grown passionate about the ways that technology can alleviate or exacerbate poverty and inequality. She conducted research regarding the practices of marginalized communities on TikTok with Carnegie Mellon University's Software and Societal Systems Department (S3D) this past summer. Her involvement in Google's Computer Science Research Mentorship Program continues to prepare her for further exploration into the realm of tech equity. As the student who championed the Tech Equity focus for Nabors Service League this year, Katie is excited to spark enthusiasm within the Washington and Lee community about the power of technology to shape society into a more (in)equitable space.
12/1 at 7PM on Zoom*: Health & Tech Alumni Panel with Sejal Mistry '17, Jamila Seaton '09 & Alvin Thomas '14
Sejal Mistry is currently a research statistician at Highmark Health in Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated from W&L in 2017 with a bachelor's in Biology and a minor in Poverty and Human Capabilities Studies. She was a Bonner Scholar and was involved in the Shepherd Program, including serving a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member after graduation. She obtained her MPH in Epidemiology and a certificate in Health Equity from the University of Pittsburgh ('20). She has worked in violence prevention and COVID-19 mitigation, and her current work is focused on program evaluation in a healthcare system. Her evaluation projects have included diabetes devices, different MA health design programs, high ER utilizer interventions and chronic condition case management programs. She predominantly works with claims based insurance data, electronic medical records, and census data. Through her department, she is also a part of their Data & Analytics DEI committee with a focus on engaging high school students in data science careers.
Jamila Seaton completed her bachelor's in Mathematics and Concentration in Poverty Studies and Human Capability at Washington and Lee University in 2009. Through the Shepherd Program at W&L, Jamila found her passion for finding solutions in health care, particularly related to racial health disparities. She went on to obtain her MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of South Florida before moving to Green Bay, Wisconsin where she is currently a Healthcare Economics Consultant for UnitedHealthcare. Jamila is a proud aunt that finds every opportunity to mention her nephew, Kymani. She is involved with a number of community organizations in Northeast Wisconsin, including the Northeast Wisconsin Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Jamila also cofounded First World Dialysis in Kingston, Jamaica where she serves on the board of directors.
Alvin Thomas '14 leverages health data to promote healthy aging in human populations. Through his company StatSnips Consulting, Alvin helps businesses and academic researchers use health data to address diseases common in late life such as end-stage kidney disease. His academic work uses proteomic and genomic data to unravel the mysteries of cognitive resilience; this work may identify novel therapies to prevent or cure Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. He is the recipient of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) F99/K00 award, which supports the completion of his doctoral training in epidemiology at UNC Chapel Hill and his 2023 post-doctoral appointment at the NeuroGenomics and Informatics Center at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his MSPH in International health from the Johns Hopkins University and his BS in Chemistry-Engineering at Washington and Lee, where he was a Bonner Scholar and heavily involved in the Shepherd Program in Poverty and Human Capability Studies.
2/2 at 7PM on Zoom*: Surveillance & Policing with Anjelica Hendricks '15L
Anjelica Hendricks is a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School where she teaches on areas related to criminal law and policing. Her work draws on her experiences as a former Philadelphia Public Defender, where she represented clients in criminal proceedings, and a former Senior Policy Analyst with the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission, where she worked to identify systemic barriers to police accountability, investigated complaints against police, and sought to curtail policing surveillance technologies. Anjelica's recent course at Penn Law, Policing Marginalized Communities, explored the origins of policing and encouraged students to develop critical understandings of how policing functions in society today.
She has participated in national conversations on policing, called upon to assist government leaders in re-imagining policing, and facilitated community conversations on policing. Anjelica also serves as the President of the ACLU for the Greater Philadelphia area
3/23 at 7PM on Zoom*: Biotech & DEI with Cynthia Cheatham '07
*These will be interactive sessions with alumni so please be prepared to have your camera on.