garcia_patricia_080216_016hI am an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. I conduct sociocultural research on race, gender, and technology – with a special interest in studying how the use of culturally responsive computing practices can increase girls’ participation in STEM activities.

I am currently conducting research on how technology programs can use girls’ self- identified cultural markers to shape the “responsive” nature of computational learning experiences (National Science Foundation award #1651653). I am also experimenting with a low-resource model for promoting culturally responsive computing programs in public libraries (IMLS award #LG-80-16-0116-16).

My research team is composed of scholars from the fields of education, information studies, and computer science, and I have active collaborations with partners such as Black Girls Rock!, The Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, Ypsilanti District Library, Tempe Public Library, and Imperial County Free Library.

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