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Institute for Advanced Study Presents

Designing for Employability: Envisioning Tools and Opportunities for Low-resource Job Seekers

4/25/19, 3:30 PM

About this event

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are designed to support job seekers’ ability to search for jobs, create resumes, highlight skills, and share employment opportunities. However, the benefits of employment tools and technologies are unequally distributed. ICTs lack advantages for individuals with limited knowledge, skills, or experience to leverage them. Without an understanding of how people from low-resource settings use ICTs for job seeking, the same employment inequalities that occur offline will be repeated in online contexts. Professor Tawanna Dillahunt (School of Information, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan) will discuss several studies that investigate how ICTs could help job seekers with limited digital skills, education, and income. She will identify principles for innovation and barriers for designers and technologists to address in the future, and conclude with current projects and tools that help job seekers identify career-related skills, obtain application feedback, and find employment opportunities that are aligned with their career goals.

Copresented by the Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities (DASH) program. Cosponsored by the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication; the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII); the College of Design; the Race, Indigeneity, Gender and Sexuality Studies Initiative (RIGS); and the University of Minnesota Medical School Program in Health Disparities Research.

About the speaker: Tawanna Dillahunt is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Information and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. She leads the Social Innovations research group, an interdisciplinary group of individuals whose vision is to design, build, and enhance technologies to solve real-world problems affecting marginalized groups and individuals primarily in the U.S.
Event Location
  • Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop
  • 84 Church St SE
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA - United States