Jakita Thomas

Black Feminist Tech Researcher and Activist

Dr. Jakita O. Thomas is a Philpott Westpoint Stevens Associate Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Auburn University in Auburn, AL. Dr. Thomas is also Director of the CUltuRally & SOcially Relevent (CURSOR) Computing Lab. Her research interests include exploring the development of computational algorithmic thinking, promoting access to healthcare information and services for under-served populations, improving reasoning using expert cases and complex cognitive skills learning. Prior to her current position, Dr. Thomas was a member of the Computer & Information Science faculty at Spelman College and a Research Staff Member in the Service Design and People and Practices groups at IBM Research – Almaden in San Jose, CA (2005). Dr. Thomas is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. She is also a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (2016).

My Sessions

Beyond Survival: Thriving in Your Personal Success and Well-Being

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We often don’t take time to care for and plan for our well-being, especially given the kinds of environments we work in. What’s more, we don’t feel empowered to take any opportunities to own our goals, dreams, and voices while being our authentic selves. We’ve learned, from our own experiences and from our research, that […]