Dr. Kinnis Gosha, Hortenius I. Chenault Endowed Associate Professor and Director of the Culturally Relevant Computing Lab (CRCL), has joined Dell, Inc. as a Diversity and Inclusion Summer Research Fellow to lead a study to uncover how companies can be successful with hiring and retaining diverse candidates. This research will help to inform the direction of strategic investments made by companies to empower and enable the workforce of the future.
Through his expertise in designing conversational agents, Dr. Gosha will lead the development of Dell’s Bias Check Embodied Conversational Agent prototype. In doing so, Dr. Gosha will work closely with Dell’s Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Nitcelle Emmanuels, and the CRCL’s very own post-baccalaureate researcher and recent Morehouse graduate, Tristian Pittman, to complete this project.
Dr. Kinnis Gosha has recently been named the Division Chair of Experiential Learning and Interdisciplinary Studies, a new division at Morehouse College. With this new position, Dr. Gosha will have the opportunity to work closely with Academic Program Directors (APDs) to facilitate programmatic, budgetary, and other decision-making within the division. He will also be responsible for participating in student recruitment activities and fundraising for the division. In addition, he will be expected to promote a collegial work climate, facilitate and lead the division towards improved productivity and relevancy.
The CRCL attended a collegiate planning workshop co-located with the 41st Annual National Black Data Processing (BDPA) Tech Conference & Career Fair held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Atlanta on August 1-3, 2019. Currently, no notable student organization focuses on increasing the number of Black computing professionals at the undergraduate level. The workshop was used to develop collegiate chapters (primarily at HBCUs and predominantly Black institutions) to serve this purpose. The workshop also included BDPA board members, government agency representatives, and industry professionals. In addition to forming student chapters, the group also examined best practices and seek to articulate strategies for collaborating with the IT industry.
The CRCL Sphero team gave a Morehouse campus tour to middle schoolers who participated in their summer workshop associated with Atlanta Public Schools Xanadu summer camp. While touring, the students encountered Morehouse's President, Dr. David A. Thomas.
From June 3rd -27th the CRCL will be a part of a summer workshop program known as Xandu (X Capp), which will involve gifted 6th-8th grade students from Atlanta Public Schools. The summer program will involve CRCL undergraduate students teaching middle schoolers STEM by using and programing Sphero balls.
The CRCL is pleased to announce the opening of the National Science Foundation sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. This program will provide research opportunities for 24 undergraduate students from May 28-July 12th. While a part of this program, students will have the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary research on virtual mentoring systems.
Michael Bonds is a 2019 graduate of Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Although, Michael is a Biology major he has always been interested in coding. After joining the ROTC program he had the opportunity to be a part of the Cyber Spectrum Collaborative Research Environment program (C-SCore), which allowed him to learn the intricacies of python and how to properly construct code so that it is logically sound as well as easy to follow. His recent accrued background in coding allowed him to receive an offer from Accenture Scientific Informatics Services, where he will be an informatics analyst. This position will allow him to use his bachelor’s as well as his new background in computer science to consult on projects for scientific companies. Michael also plans to pursue a Master’s in Data Science.
On Sunday May 19th the CRCL had eight students to graduate from Morehouse College, their names are: Michael Bonds, Earnest Holmes, Malik Jones, Leron Julian, Aubretta Moore, Trisitan Pittman, Tyree Stevenson, and Kevin Womack. While a part of the CRC Lab each of the students had the opportunity to work on, and participate in various interdisciplinary projects. Some of these projects and programs are as follows: virtual mentoring systems, Cyber Spectrum Collaborative Research Environment (C-SCoRE) program, and Sphero educational workshops. Their hard work and dedication towards each project and program has contributed to the overall success of the CRC Lab.
Three senior researchers from the Culturally Relevant Computing Lab (CRCL) received awards for being the top students in their department. The name of the students (from left to right) are as follows: Tristian Pittman, Kevin Womack, and Tyree Stevenson. Tristian Pittman received his award in Chinese Studies, Kevin Womack received his from the Mathematics department, and Tyree Stevenson received his award from the Computer Science department.
Dell Technologies has recently started focusing on new and innovative ways to reduce unconscious bias in the workplace. In doing so they reached out to Dr. Kinnis Gosha, Director of the Culturally Relevant Computing Lab, to leverage new technology options generated in his research lab. Dr. Gosha was recently featured in a video that was showcased at the 2019 Dell Technologies World Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Link to video coming soon.