Guest Speaker Session (Shared Interest)

Guest Speaker Sessions

Staying Afloat: Queer Students of Color on Social Media

Wednesday, May 31
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
LACC, Room 411

College can be a bewildering time. For LGBTQ students of color, they have the additional element of navigating a social and structural terrain that may or may not be friendly. Many students use social media as a way to cope, but they also express fears and hesitations about using certain platforms. This session, based on research with queer college students of color, offers insight into the tools and tactics students use to stay afloat.

Alexander Cho

Alexander Cho, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Scholar with the Digital Media and Learning Hub at the University of California Humanities Research Institute. He is a digital media anthropologist who examines how young people use digital and social media, with particular attention to issues of race, gender and sexuality. He is currently working on a digital design research project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation that will enable under-resourced families in the Los Angeles area to connect with meaningful extracurricular educational opportunities. His writing has appeared in Networked Affect (MIT Press 2015), The Digital Edge: The Evolving World of Social, Educational, and Digital Inequality (forthcoming, NYU Press 2017), Inequity in the Technopolis (University of Texas Press 2012), GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, and Flow: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture.

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