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Education

University of Washington, Seattle

B.S. in Human Centered Design and Engineering (Anticipated Graduation Date: June 2019)

B.A. in Comparative History of Ideas

Interdisciplinary Honors Program | Minor: Diversity

Study Abroad: History, Memory, and Human Rights | Prague, Czech Republic | Sept. 2018 - present

  • Explore dramatic social, cultural and political transformations of the 20th century in Central and Eastern Europe

Writing Experience

Content Creator Intern | june 2018 - August 2018

Microsoft IT Showcase | Redmond, WA

  • Championed, advocated, and published 6 stories on IT Showcase that empowered underrepresented voices in tech like women of color and people with disabilities in CSEO

  • Pitched content to key stakeholders and leaders to ensure alignment with CSEO's mission and vision

Reporter and Editor | Feb. 2015 - JuNE 2017

The Daily of the University of Washington | Seattle, WA

Working as a reporter for The Daily of the University of Washington, the student-run newspaper at the UW, has transformed my undergraduate experience by helping me identify as a storyteller first and foremost. Being a good reporter starts by getting out of the way and letting people share their own perspective - so that's what I try to do with my stories.

  • Diversity beat reporter: Pitched and wrote 90+ stories on diverse communities and identities such as undocumented individuals, indigenous women, and transfer students

  • Former Wellness section editor: Co-developed a new section of the newspaper and developed relationships with subject matter experts in health and wellness across campus as well as a team of 10+ writers

UX WRiter Intern | june 2017 - September 2017

Content Experience Team @ Microsoft | Redmond, WA

  • Authored scripts for 20 scenarios in Cortana Show Me, an app that guides users through common Settings tasks

  • Developed voice and tone principles for Cortana Show Me that aligned with Microsoft Voice principles and existing content on Bing Instant Answers

  • Analyzed metadata to create data-driven support text that addressed high-priority customer queries on Microsoft Support.

  • Created public-facing writing about my experience as a person of color at Microsoft and published them on LinkedIn and Medium.

Communications intern | March 2017 - JUne 2017

Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team | Seattle, WA

Although social media and technology have grown over the past few years, there are no comprehensive best practices or recommendations about how to use it judiciously. The Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT) strives to bridge this gap by researching the impact of social media and technology use on adolescents and young adults.

  • Updated Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter social media platforms to promote current research, SMAHRT research intern projects, and upcoming program applications.

  • Prepared and conducted interviews with SMAHRT team members and staff to create written content for the SMAHRT Features blog.

Communications and Marketing Intern June 2016 – JUne 2017

The Center for Neurotechnology | Seattle, WA

  • Empowered researchers and students, particularly researchers of color, non-traditional students, and women in leadership roles by writing long-form articles on their neural engineering research and publications.

  • Translated complex concepts into compelling narratives that were accessible to any reader.

  • Published content on the Engage and Enable Blog, which were often retweeted by the National Science Foundation, engineering departments at the University of Washington, and other research centers.

Teaching Experience

Writing tutor | Sept. 2016 - June 2018

UW Odegaard Writing and Research Center | Seattle, WA

  • Conduct 10+ one-on-one tutoring sessions per week for undergraduate through post-doctorate students on a drop-in basis. Provide constructive feedback and brainstorm and clarify ideas for writing pieces across genres.

  • Use strategies like questioning, silence, and active listening to facilitate learning and create better writers, not just better writing.

  • Debrief tutoring sessions with students and frequently request feedback from supervisors and fellow tutors to improve future work.

Course assistant for HCDE 210 | Sept 2017 - June 2018

UW Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering | Seattle, WA

  • Provided detailed feedback on app prototypes, reflection essays, and research reports for a course on human- centered design

  • Facilitated student discussions during design sprints about potential consequences of their ideas, constraints, and strategies for creating accessible and sustainable products

First-year interest group leader | Sept. 2016 - DEc. 2016

UW First-Year Programs | Seattle, WA

  • Taught a one-hour weekly session for 22 first-year students, graded assignments, and facilitated discussions on topics including wellness, class registration, and intergroup dialogue that were relevant to the student's needs as first-quarter college students.

  • Actively responded to student queries regarding coursework, experiential learning, and assignments.

Resident Adviser (RA) | Sept. 2016 - june 2016

UW Housing and Food Services | Seattle, WA

  • Interacted with 60 freshmen through senior residents regularly and fostered their development in identity, choices, and trajectory.

  • Organized, advertised, and executed inclusive programs with other RAs, and created a monthly newsletter and bulletin boards to communicate relevant information about the community.

Projects

Designing a holistic resource for pre-engineering students | HCDE 318: User-Centered Design | Sept. 2017 – Dec. 2017

  • Completed the user-centered design process from ideation to high fidelity prototype to design a website for pre-engineering students.

Data Science Research @ enCOMPLab  | HCDE Research Group | Sept. 2017 – Dec. 2017

  • Conducted one quarter of exploratory research & data analysis to research disruptions caused by natural disasters

  • Parsed news stories, personal and business social media accounts, and government sites to identify keywords about long-term disruptions and adaptations in response to major U.S. hurricanes

  • Wrote memos about our weekly methodologies and findings with exemplar data and presented them at weekly meetings.

User Research on Academic Support Centers @ UW | HCDE 313: User Research | March – June 2017

  • Used pure observations, interviews and surveys to research tutor-student interactions and use of the physical space.

  • Identified salient themes and interviews and proposed actionable design recommendations that supported empathetic tutoring and continued collaboration between tutors and students.

Honors and Awards