Tawana Petty joins the Detroit Community Technology Project as Data Justice Community Researcher

The Detroit Community Technology Project is excited to welcome Tawana Petty to the team as our Data Justice Community Researcher beginning in January 2016. Tawana has a diverse background of community organizing experience in Detroit, particularly around issues such as water rights, digital justice, and youth advocacy.

In her role as Data Justice Community Researcher, Tawana will lead a participatory research process exploring issues of data rights, digital privacy and racial and economic inequality in the U.S. This two-year research project is supported with a grant from the Digital Trust Foundation.

As a member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, Tawana has collaborated with other coalition members to organize events centered around digital justice principles. She has co-facilitated social media workshops and presented workshops at the recent Data DiscoTech that aim to demystify data and make technology more accessible to communities and grassroots organizations.

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Tawana Petty at AMC2015. Photo by Ara Howrani

“I’m excited to work with Tawana because she carries a powerful drive and ambition to see social justice and change in Detroit,” said Diana Nucera, program director of the Detroit Community Technology Project. “Her mix of research and organizing experience, her collaborative and nurturing approach to teaching and learning, and her brilliant writing skills make her a strong fit for this position.”

Tawana’s community involvement includes being a board member of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center, and working with Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management, We the People of Detroit, and the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition. She is also a mother, poet and author, and was born and raised in Detroit.

Tawana recently joined other members of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition on a trip to Brazil to learn an international perspective on the development and management of community wireless Internet networks. She recently shared her perspective on community technology in an article published in the Black Bottom Archives.

Welcome to the team Tawana!


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