As part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations developed 17 broad and interconnected Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that address the global challenges humanity faces. SDG 5, Gender Equality, intersects with all the SDGs and is therefore essential to advancing sustainable development globally.
We invited trans women, non-binary people, and cis women affiliated with Georgia Tech to submit digitized photography, paintings, creative writing, and research papers, for the exhibition Gender Equality: Reimagining our Future through Art and Technology. The exhibition, which was launched in 2022 and concluded in 2023, connected diverse research methods, artistic endeavors, and knowledge production occurring at Georgia Tech. It was a space to showcase women in technology, as well as to demonstrate how women in technology are reshaping research questions and pushing artistic boundaries that can bring us closer to accomplishing gender equality.
This was a unique opportunity for the Georgia Tech community to come together from diverse disciplinary perspectives to be inspired by creative merits occurring on campus to reflect, connect, and reimagine the future of Georgia Tech.
Michelle Ramirez (she/her) was responsible for organizing the exhibition. The exhibition was supported by The Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain, Women’s Resource Center, and The Kendeda Building For Innovative Sustainable Design.
Exhibition launched April 2022.
Katherine E. Bennett
Katherine Bennett is a PhD student in Digital Media. Their work probes intersections of race, gender, technology, and environmental justice.
Letters & Editors is a digital craft project that considers historic interactions between race, gender, and place. The project’s “letter” interfaces combine text, textile, and computational media to ask how these media can register social-environmental relationships specific to transitioning agricultural production in Jim Crow-era United States.
Sylvia Janicki is a first-year PhD student in Digital Media leading efforts in the design and development of the current iteration of Heart Sense. Sylvia has a background in landscape architecture. Her research centers on issues of access and justice in urban environments and explores the intersections of built, digital, and bodily spaces.
She is currently working with Dr. Nassim Parvin in the Design and Social Justice Studio to examine embodied experiences of sensing and data production with implications for designing affective technologies in smart cities.
Alexandra Teixeira Riggs
Alexandra Teixeira Riggs (she/they) is a PhD student in Digital Media at Georgia Tech, concentrating in queer media studies, critical making, and design justice. Their work focuses on using interactive storytelling methods to explore both past and present notions of queer community, identity, and belonging. They combine both tangible and screen-based interfaces with design research to challenge dominant technologies and offer alternative relationalities in both on and offline space.
They are currently working with Dr. Anne Sullivan in the Storycraft Lab, and Dr. Noura Howell. For their current research, they are also working with archivist Morna Gerrard in the Gender and Sexuality Collection at Georgia State University.
Dr. Anne Sullivan
Dr. Anne Sullivan is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media and head of the StoryCraft Lab at Georgia Tech. Her research focuses on playful and storied interactive experiences from a feminist and humanistic perspective, with an emphasis on human-centered artificial intelligence (AI). She also studies craft as an analog counterpart to playful and storied interactive experiences, researching in the exciting and emerging field of computational craft. Dr. Sullivan is an award-winning quilter and the concept designer and producer of Loominary – a digital game system controlled with a loom - which has been shown internationally, including at the SAAM Arcade exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Alexandra Rodriguez Dalmau
Alexandra Rodriguez Dalmau was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (DR). She is now an undergraduate, studying environmental engineering at Georgia Tech.
Before she moved to the U.S., she started a non-profit in the DR called “STEM para Nosotras” with the purpose of providing girls a safe space to develop an interest in the STEM areas as well as motivating them to pursue higher education.
Currently, Alex is doing an independent study to learn more about informality, politics, and climate change in the DR.
Kelly Lin is a first-year Computational Media student with a concentration in People and Interaction Design. They are a self-taught artist and designer who is passionate about inclusion and expression. They strongly believe that both art and technology act as bridges between our personal world and the people around us; they are crucial elements of human connection and communication.
Purna Pratiti Saha
Purna Saha is a second-year Bangladeshi undergrad studying Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Industrial Design at Tech. She loves exploring cultures as a free-flowing stream, and seeks ways of growth thereby. As a Resident Assistant on campus, she gets to share this interest with GT students through hosting events like photowalks, building playlists and trivia on multicultural music.
Shruthi Sundar is a BS/MS student in Computer Science who just started her first semester of MS. She is concentrating in Human-Computer Interaction, and is passionate about the use of technology in a social impact sphere, specifically with the Computer Science education equity gap in schools. She has always been passionate about addressing women’s rights and has found writing to be her outlet for it. Outside of these, she enjoys skateboarding, climbing, watching movies, and finding street art.