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Writing Experience

Program Manager | August 2019 - present

Microsoft IT Showcase | Redmond, WA

  • Build customer confidence and trust in Microsoft technology by writing blogs and articles for IT Showcase

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

Communications Intern January 2019 - August 2019, 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.

Bachelor’s Thesis: Gentrification, Displacement, and Responsibility | Jan. 2019 - present

  • Use critical race theory and community-based research practices to create a digital story about the history, mechanisms, and repercussions of gentrification

  • Interview activists, community members, and non-profits in the Central District with the goal of challenging dominant narratives and telling stories of resilience

Reporter and Editor | Feb. 2015 - June 2019

The Daily of the University of Washington | Seattle, WA

  • Diversity beat reporter: Pitch and write 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

Content Creator Intern | june 2018 - August 2018

Microsoft Core Services Engineering and Operations (CSEO) | 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

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.

Teaching Experience

Course assistant for HCDE 210 | Sept 2017 - June 2019

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

Writing tutor | Sept. 2016 - June 2019

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.

Projects

RE-IMAGINING the Alaska AIrlines flight change experience | HCDE capstone | January 2019 – June 2019

  • Conduct a survey, interviews, and usability tests to understand perception of the flight change experience.

  • Propose and iterate on an intuitive flight change experience based on customer feedback

  • Create durable design guidelines to inform a new flight change experience

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.

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.

Education

University of Washington, Seattle

B.S. in Human Centered Design and Engineering & B.A. in Comparative History of Ideas | Interdisciplinary Honors Program

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

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

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

Challenges Narrative of Displacement in the Central District | UW Undergraduate Research Symposium | May 2019

The Power of Authenticity and Storytelling | Equity & Inclusion Conference at UW Bothell | May 2019

Gentrification, Displacement, and the Question of Responsibility | Seattle Central College | March 2019

Norming and Reforming My Identity | The Blank Monologues |  February 2017

Honors and Awards

CHID Research Scholarship (2019): Awarded to one student a quarter to support my senior thesis.

Mary Gates Research Scholarship (March 2019 – June 2019): Awarded to undergraduate students who are pursuing faculty-guided research

Ali Mojtahedi Engineering & Humanities Scholarship Recipient (2018-2019): Awarded to students who are engaged in engineering and humanities through academics, leadership, and professional development

Distinguished Alumni Senior Scholarship Recipient (2018-2019): Awarded to 1 Honors student a year who demonstrates leadership and service through public impact and community engagement that is grounded in interdisciplinarity

Design + Diversity Fellowship (2018): Selected as 1 of 10 Design + Diversity Fellows, which honors underrepresented designers who are committed to community empowerment       

CHID Emerging Scholars Scholarship Recipient (2018): Awarded to CHID students who are critically engaged in their local and global community

Dean’s List: Winter 2019, Autumn 2018, Annual Dean’s List (2017 – 2018), Autumn 2016, Winter 2015, Autumn 2014

Husky Leadership Certificate Recipient (2017)