Technology & Racial Equity Fellowship

Rapidly developing technologies can be an unprecedented force for good, but can also codify and amplify existing forms of inequality, discrimination, and bias. Through the CCSRE Technology and Racial Justice Fellowship, students have the opportunity work with leading professionals that are advancing racial justice in and through new technologies. Each student fellow is partnered with one of four Race and Technology Practitioner Fellows who are hosted by CCSRE during 2021.  
​In partnership with the Digital Civil Society Lab (DCSL) and the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. CCSRE is hosting fellows dedicated to advancing ideas for justice at the intersections of race and technology. 

Students selected for this fellowship will work closely with one of CCSRE's practitioner fellows in Race and Technology over the summer to help support the growth of their product/program/initiative. 

Fellowship Details

Students who participate in the fellowship will participate in the following:
  • Fellows are expected to begin their 10-week service after the conclusion of spring quarter
  • Enrollment in the Spring 2022 course: CSRE100P
  • All summer fellows are required to work with their community partners at least 30 hours/week for ten consecutive weeks at their placements. 
  • Fellows are expected to work on-site or virtual with their host organization.
  • Fellows must attend events like a kick-off retreat (Spring) and several cohort lunches during Spring Quarter.
  • Complete a capstone project in collaboration with your community partner and present it at Stanford in the Fall quarter.
  • Students will receive $7,500 for the fellowship, plus additional funding depending on need.

Applications due February 11th, 2022.



The Impacts of Moderating Speech

This project seeks to begin studying the intersections of race and content moderation that have yet to be investigated. While the literature about the field has revealed exposure to hateful content to be some of the most harrowing upon commercial content moderators, the specificity of the harm created upon those most impacted has yet to be interrogated. Throughout this fellowship, I hope to better understand the distinct impacts of regulating speech on the humans who are tasked with the jobs of content moderation and platform policy enforcement.

Project Lead: A. Collier Navaroli’s expertise lies at the intersection of race, media, technology, law, and policy. Her current work within the technology industry examines the traditional balance between free expression and safety by developing and enforcing power-conscious global platform policy. Collier's previous work has included fighting on the front lines for systematic change in big data and internet freedom work at Color of Change, driving Data & Society Research Institute’s inquiries examining race, civil rights, and fairness within emerging technologies, and teaching the principles of law and constitutional freedoms to high school students in Harlem. She holds a BS in journalism from the University of Florida, a MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Assessing AI-induced interminority Racism in Press and Social Media

This project analyzes interminority racism and its influence by media and AI, in the context of anti-blackness and “Asian hate”. 

As a summer fellow, you will brainstorm and implement creative ways to engage and educate the community on racial unity in light of recent upheavals. Some suggested projects may be:

  • Make a series of comics

  • Create a short film or a series of short videos

  • Write a novel 

  • Write a children’s book

  • Other creative ideas of yours

You will gain access to a compiled set of first hand stories from the community. You will also get in touch with community members to build a deeper understanding of their culture and history. You will create fun and engaging content promoting racial unity that resonates with the target audience. Our goal is to roll out your education content through community engagement, and potentially, seek publication. 

Project Lead: Evelyn (Wenjie) Mei is a 2022 Technology & Racial Equity Practitioner Fellow, community leader and technologist. She passionately engages and advocates for the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities through events, policy and civic education as an Emerging Civic Leader at the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute, and a Board Member of the Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Club. Evelyn mentors, speaks and leads workshops on technology and AI. She is a Professional Mentor at TechWomen, a US Department of State initiative, and a frequent speaker and mentor at AI4ALL and related hackathons. Evelyn created Negotiation Villain, an AI-based zero-cost negotiation trainer approved by OpenAI. She also launched 2 AI-based software products for sustainable supply chain management. Presently, Evelyn is a Senior Product Strategy Manager at Oracle. Evelyn graduated from the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University.