Ari Schlesinger

PhD Student, School of Interactive Computing,Georgia Tech

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Including Equity in Tech Work: A Quick, Paper-Based Guide

Figuring out how to build equity into tech is no easy task. We spend so much time worrying about bugs, efficiency, and MIA curly brackets… it isn’t always clear how we should focus on equity, accessibility, and inclusion. Still, we need to ask ourselves: how does the tech we build benefit some while further harming others? In this talk I am going to share with you an overview of papers and practices that can help us reconcile the details of tech work with the power and social impact of the things we build.



Ari Schlesinger (@AriSchlesinger) researches how we can build equity into software, hardware, and the design process. Ari’s work in Human-Computer Interaction uncovers strategies for addressing complicated tech problems by connecting people, systems, and infrastructure in novel ways. Recent publications include Intersectional HCI: Engaging Identity through Gender, Race, and Class and Let’s Talk About Race: Identity, Chatbots, and AI.

Previously, Ari worked with the Human Experience & Design Group at Microsoft and as a Research Project Manager on an NSF grant. Schlesinger is a PhD student in the Human-Centered Computing program in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. To find out more, check out