The RETURN Project Team


NSF-AISL Team
Members of the RETURN Project Team. Back row from left to right, Marilyn Ault KU, Hannah Britton KU, Darcey Altschwager KU. Front row from left to right, Sejun Song UMKC, Baek-Young Choi UMKC, Joi Wickliffe KUMC, Hyunjin Seo KU, Megha Ramaswamy KUMC.
NSF-AISL Student Team
NSF student members: Darcey Altschwager, Ellie Booton, Lohitha Yenugu, Benjamin, respectively
Members of the KU Lawrence Team pose for a picture.
Members of the KU Lawrence Team. Back row from left to right Matt Blomberg, Janada Birdling, Annalise Baines. Front row from left to right Darcey Altschwager, Hanna Clem, Hyunjin Seo.

Hyunjin Seo

Hyunjin Seo is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. She is also a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University where she was a fellow from fall 2018 to summer 2019. In 2017, Seo founded the KU Center for Digital Inclusion and has since lead several community-based research projects that offer technology education and information literacy workshops to marginalized populations, including women who have been recently released from jail or prison. She is the NSF project leader, guiding the interdisciplinary team of scholars, professionals and graduate/undergraduate students to create a technology education program for women in reentry. 

Megha Ramaswamy

Megha Ramaswamy is an associate professor of preventive medicine & public health at the University of Kansas. Her research addresses the social context for sexual and reproductive health risk among women leaving jail, and she has worked with women in transition for 15 years. For the NSF project, Ramaswamy offers workshops on e-health for program participants, co-leads efforts on recruiting and retaining program participants and co-leads research that analyzes the effects of different educational modalities on program participants’ learning outcomes. 

Hannah Britton

Hannah Britton is an associate professor of political science and women, gender & sexuality studies at the University of Kansas. She is also the Director of the Center for the Study of Injustice at the Institute of Policy & Social Research at KU, where she coordinates KU's Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Initiative. Within the NSF project, Britton leads sessions on women's employment and empowerment, and co-leads empirical research that seeks to understand the technological obstacles that women in reentry face.

Marilyn Ault

Marilyn Ault is the director of Advanced Learning Technologies in Education Consortia at the University of Kansas, and has been involved in numerous projects on technology education and program evaluations. For the NSF project, Ault co-leads technology education sessions and curriculum development for women in reentry. 

Baek-Young Choi

Baek-young Choi is an associate professor of computer science at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, and leads the research activities at UMKC. Choi has been involved in several initiatives in promoting STEM education among women and underserved groups, and for the NSF project, co-leads the development of web and mobile applications for technology education sessions.

Sejun Song

Sejun Song is an associate professor of computer science at UMKC. Song belongs to a research team that has conducted research in the areas of trustworthy information and computing systems and software. For the NSF project, he co-leads technology education sessions and curriculum development for women in reentry. Along with Choi, Song co-leads development and usability testing of the web and mobile application. 

Joi Wickliffe

Joi Wickliffe is a project director at the KU Medical Center. She has been involved in developing and offering health literacy programs for women leaving jail. For the NSF project, she is involved in participant recruitment and data collection.

Darcey Altschwager

Darcey Altschwager is a doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas and a graduate research assistant for the NSF project. Since the spring of 2017, Altschwager has been part of the Center for Digital Inclusion where she has had the opportunity to develop curriculums and teach digital literacy classes to several different populations. For the RETURN project she works one-on-one with program participants guiding them through all stages of the program. Additionally she develops educational content, teaches several phases, and facilitates in person office hour sessions with program participants.

Annalise Baines

Annalise Baines is a doctoral student at the University of Kansas and graduate research assistant to the NSF Project. She is involved in developing educational courses on digital technologies and digital storytelling, assisting professors with ongoing research projects to help marginalized populations, and teaching computer courses in one-on-one settings with participants. 

Matt Blomberg

Matt Blomberg is a graduate research assistant for the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI) and a doctoral candidate for the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He works on research for the CDI and also develops curriculum and educational content for the NSF RETURN project.

Kim Bruns

Kim Bruns is a program coordinator at the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI). She is responsible for managing project activities, facilitating meetings, communicating with partners, and researching new opportunities for CDI.

Nicole-Marie Konopelko

Nicole-Marie Konopelko is an undergraduate research assistant for the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI). She assists in research development, website and social media content creation and planning.

Jodi Whitt

As a digital navigator for the Center, Jodi works directly with marginalized populations to support and advocate for marginalized populations’ digital access and skills.

Tanesha Whitelaw

As a digital navigator for the Center, Tanesha works directly with marginalized populations to support and advocate for marginalized populations’ digital access and skills.

Rafida Zaman

Rafida Zaman is an Instructor and a Doctoral candidate in the Department of Computer Science Electrical Engineering of the School of Computing and Engineering at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). She is one of the lead instructors for STEM education for NSF women in transition project. She has designed several courses and managing the education portal RETURN.

Samuel Akinyede

Samuel Akinyede is a doctoral student and a graduate research assistant at the computer science and engineering department at UMKC. Akinyede has a bachelor's in computer science, a master's degree in Mobile and Satellite communication (UK), and ten years of industry experience (including managing World Bank-funded projects). He is a certified project management professional (PMP) and a scrum master. Akinyede has been responsible for the design and maintenance of the AISL website and will be supporting in managing the backend of the learning management system. 

Naveen Tiragati

Naveen Tiragati, is a master's student at the computer science and engineering department at UMKC. Tiragati completed his bachelor's in electronics and commutations(India), and has three years of experience in the IT field(Computer Networks).