ACC Research Team
Dr. Coleen Carrigan is a feminist anthropologist of science, technology and society (STS). She investigates the historical and cultural dimensions of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), with a particular emphasis on Computer Science and Engineering, and why these high-status fields appear impervious to desegregation. She applies her research findings to create interventions that help foster welcoming environments for underrepresented groups in STEM and transform the powers of technology to advance social justice.
Michelle Bardini is a fourth year English major and Gender, Race, Culture, Science, and Technology minor at Cal Poly. She will be serving as a Summer Associate for the AmeriCorps CSU STEM VISTA program this summer performing qualitative data analysis and program development. Michelle has been involved with ACC by coding and analyzing qualitative data, leading and facilitating focus group discussions and interviews with various clubs and students on campus, and writing literature reviews. Through her work with ACC, Michelle assists with research aimed to promote social justice by enhancing inclusivity and equality on campus.
Emily Liptow has been serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Cal Poly since July 2015. She works closely with the College of Engineering and the Center for Engineering, Science, and Math Education (CESAME) on a variety of projects to promote equity in STEM fields on campus and beyond. Emily has been supporting ACC by organizing case study discussions and focus groups with engineering students and faculty at Cal Poly. She recently finished her undergrad in Industrial and Systems Engineering at The Ohio State University, where she was also active with many social justice and diversity initiatives.
Noah Krigel is a second year Sociology major at Cal Poly, concentrating in organizations. He has previously performed research on HIV stigmatization in San Luis Obispo and is currently a resident advisor on campus. For ACC, Noah has been facilitating focus groups and 1:1 interviews with student groups on campus, coding qualitative data, and organizing on-campus events to disseminate findings and improve the campus climate.
Monica Singer is a fourth year Psychology major, minoring in Child Development and Gender, Race, Culture, Science and Technology. In working with ACC as her first research experience, she has been able to gain hands-on experience with qualitative data analysis. She is interested in studying how STEM classroom culture may be adapted to foster diversity and inclusion. She promotes ACC's initiatives by studying the lived experiences of students through ethnographic data analysis, interviews and reviewing current literature.
Past Team Members
Frances Griffey is a Cal Poly graduate who received a bachelor's degree in anthropology and geography in spring 2016. She is passionate about cultural diversity, gender equality, and social justice and was able to explore those topics through her involvement with Advancing Cultural Change starting in 2015. During her last year of college, Frances contributed to the project by researching and reviewing relevant literature, facilitating interviews and focus groups with various groups and individuals on campus that illuminate Cal Poly culture, and organizing and analyzing collected data.
Tas graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in PSY and a minor in WGS. She has both quantitative and qualitative data analysis experience as well as experience facilitating Intergroup Dialogues. Her senior project focused on gender, computer science, and video games. As a VISTA Summer Associate in 2015, Tas provided much support to the Advancing Cultural project, including open coding data analyses, built environment assessments and expansive literature reviews. She is currently preparing for graduate school in psychology.