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Sharon Lee De La Cruz

Code Slang: Culturally Relevant Learning

2017-18 CUSP Distinguished Speaker Series - Cool Jobs

Thursday, February 8, 2018
6:00–8:00 p.m.
401 Lerner Hall

Traditionally, computer programming languages are designed so that the user can understand the computer. This creates a divide and gap in computer science because it excludes people, who for a variety of reasons, have been turned off by code. “Code Slang” uses the playfulness of slang to invite people from different backgrounds to code. What could it mean for a computer to understand slang?


Sharon Lee De La Cruz is an artist and activist from New York City. She earned a BFA from The Cooper Union, is a Fulbright scholar, and obtained her Master's degree at NYU’s ITP program (Interactive Telecommunications Program). Her work ranges from illustrations to interactive sculptures. She is passionate about accessible STEM education and the intersection of tech, art, and social justice. She currently lives in New Jersey and is the Assistant Director of The StudioLab, a creative tech lab, at Princeton University.

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