Sofia Rodriguez ’22 gave a lunchtime talk to Upper School students and faculty on the topic of prejudice in Artificial Intelligence (AI). Sofia works with Encode Justice, a student-led organization that works to dismantle AI-based bias and inequity through education and policy. Encode Justice offers workshops on how creators and users of AI can combat racial bias, and Sofia recently ran two sessions on the topic at Brooklyn Technical High School for a combined total of over 350 students.
Sofia worked with Computer Science Chair and Director of Academic Technology Katie O'Shaughnessey, STEAM Coordinator Cathie Bischoff, and DEI Teaching Fellow Joshua Rivera ’15 to coordinate the presentation during Black History Month. In the initial outreach to the faculty members, Sofia wrote, “I would love this opportunity to help inform and teach students how to apply principles of ethics and inclusively to their work in technology or science.” The presentation was a meaningful student-led initiative, bringing together technology, STEAM, advocacy, and social justice.