The Team

NSF student members: Darcey Altschwager, Ellie Booton, Lohitha Yenugu, Benjamin, respectively 

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 student at the University of Kansas with a masters in digital content strategy. As she works towards her PhD in Journalism and Mass Communications, she is working as 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. 

Ellie Booton

Ellie Booton is an undergraduate student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. Here, she studies Strategic Communications and Business. For the NSF project, she assists with planning and communication, coordinates the KU CDI social media accounts and creates content the NSF project page. 


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