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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe anti-black racism in e-waste infrastructure design

  • Recognize examples of developmentalism and environmental racism in the electronics industry and waste management industry

  • Summarize the relationship between technology life cycle, environmental racism, and e-waste including design details such as waste facility siting and planned obsolescence

  • Apply black-centered solutions: create Afro-centric design using African knowledge, traditional African crafts, and generative justice

Reviews

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Gained understanding on both the negative impacts and are...

Catherine Hamel

I am leaving this course with a much better understanding of how my own consumerism of electronics relates to the lives and well-being of Black Americans and...

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I am leaving this course with a much better understanding of how my own consumerism of electronics relates to the lives and well-being of Black Americans and Africans. I am excited by the knowledge I gained during this course, and also excited about the continued learning and action to take after finishing this course. I appreciated the course's discussion on how we can work on projects that benefit, rather than exploit, the quality of life, education, wealth, and health of Black people, both in the US and abroad.

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Black Anti-Racist E-Waste Infrastructure Design

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Instructor(s)

Facilitator

Logan Williams

Dr. Logan Williams is an independent scholar, a lecturer at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the principal of Inclusive Research by Design. Her book Eradicating Blindness (Palgrave Macmillan) investigates engineers and ophthalmologists creating "innovation from below": designing, producing, and distributing services and technologies centered around a marginalized population — in that example South Asians who were blind and low vision from cataracts. Dr. Williams has a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. She volunteers for two peer-reviewed journals as an Associate Editor for Science as Culture and a Book Review Editor for Science, Technology, and Society. For video introduction, see: Video introduction of Logan Williams on You Tube

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