JEDI

What is JEDI?

The Tech JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion) Ethics LLC (Living Learning Community) is the new residential learning community for engineering and computing first-year students who want to explore the ever-changing ethical challenges in technology today. 

Technology is rapidly changing many aspects of our world and who we are as a people – examples include artificial intelligence, automation, social media, digitization of everything, smart cities, robotics, privacy, and biomechanics and biomedical devices that can be used to augment human abilities. While these advances are exciting, they raise many ethical questions.   
 
This LLC will explore the benefits of engineering and technology and how they can be distributed through a lens of equity and inclusion, promoting a more just world. We will also look at the dark side of technological advances and how to prevent harm and unjust systemic inequity. Students will address these issues through experiential in-class and out-of-class learning including guest speakers, field trips, group problem-solving and community engagement.

Students who participate in the Tech JEDI Ethics LLC will:

  • Enroll in one 2-credit seminar for the Fall and Winter quarters taught by the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science (RSECS) faculty.

  • Live with 22 similarly interested students in Johnson-McFarlane Hall and have access to specially crafted events to learn and build community including retreats, speakers, dinners, and student-led events.

  • Receive support from an LLC staff program coordinator who provides day to day and quarter to quarter co-curricular programming and support including retreats, dinners, speakers, and active learning excursions.

  • Learn from and work with Dr. Matthew Gordon and Dr. Scott Leutenegger both RSECS faculty members.

 

JEDI Classes

Fall Quarter: Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Ethics in Technology 1

This course is the first in a 2-part series that introduces students to technology ethics using a Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (LEDI) lens. Students will explore issues and challenges by reading articles, watching videos, class and group discussions, and projects/presentations that illustrate the importance of considering who and how people are impacted by technology and who participates in creating technology. Consideration and practice of multiple perspectives on ethical decision-making will center this LLC learning experience in the majors of engineering and computing. 

Winter Quarter: Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Ethics in Technology 1

This course continues to introduce students to technology ethics challenges using a Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (LEDI) lens. Students will explore issues through reading articles, watching videos, class and group discussions, and projects/presentations that illustrate the importance of considering who and how people are impacted by technology and who participates in creating technology.

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Contact

Dr. Matt Gordon, Faculty Director, JEDI LLC

Professor 
Dept. of Interdisciplinary Institutes and Centers 

Dr. Scott Leutenegger, Yoda for JEDI LLC

Professor 
Department of Computer Science

Caitlin Long

Program Coordinator, JEDI LLC