Two African-American professors at Columbia University are spearheading efforts to introduce social work students to the field of technology. The unlikely merger of the two fields aims to help humanize technology by preparing social workers for an ever-evolving technologized world.
Designed and spearheaded by associate professors Dr. Desmond Patton and Dr. Courtney Cogburn, courses will be offered as a minor to students earning degrees at the Columbia School of Social Work. The concentration, debuting fall semester, intends to help humanize technology by preparing social workers for an ever-evolving technologized world.
From racial profiling through facial recognition software used by law enforcement to algorithms that unfairly target Black and brown users with subpar services and subprime financial practices, by placing social science professionals and communities at the table with data scientists, designers, and engineers, Patton and Cogburn are hopeful that ethics training will help turn the Click here to read entire article