EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/PRINCIPAL RESEARCHER
Kamela Heyward-Rotimi is an anthropologist committed to research affecting change. Her study of African diaspora communities’ access to, and creation of, digital knowledge spans decades. Particularly people of color and global Black communities’ navigation of the Internet and new media technologies. A researcher and policy strategist, her policy work and engaged research addresses but is not limited to equitable digital access, Black digitality, higher education, environmental social justice, and advocacy for LGBTQI+ rights. Heyward-Rotimi consults with international NGOs and serves on local and national boards. She holds a Senior Research Scholar affiliation at Duke University in the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Visiting Research Scholar affiliation in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. She received her B.A. from Spelman College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her philosophy is that imagining sustainable technological futures requires resilience and hope with a good dose of solid research findings.
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