Ask the Experts: Racism in the Machine

Date & Time:
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Join the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, Sheila Hassell Hughes, for a candid conversation on racial justice and equity work in big data, user accessibility, and customer success. Our three SOLA panelists will share their work and explore the role and place of technology in creating a more just society.

Carlos Granda (Parent ’23), VP of Global Customer Success, Google Cloud 

Granda is a thought leader in the cloud market and digital transformation. He is also the Executive Sponsor and founder of Business Women’s Network Cloud Services, and he was named to the 2018 Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) 100 most influential and notable Hispanic professionals in the technology industry. Prior to joining Google Cloud, in 2019, he was SVP for Global Customer Success at SAP. At SAP, Carlos led a team of over 2,000 consultants, technical consultants, trainers, and advisory leaders at Salesforce, where he led Global Cloud Services. Granda has spent over 25 years in technology management consulting firms, focused on helping customers develop IT strategies to leverage technology to gain business benefits. 

Nicole Brown, PhD, Department of Sociology, Saint Mary’s College

Brown joined Saint Mary’s College and the Department of Sociology this fall. She holds an MSEd in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University and a PhD in Sociology from University Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include Black Feminist Epistemologies, Political Consumerism, Historical Sociology, Topic Modeling, Computational Methods, and Autoethnography. She comes to Saint Mary’s with an impressive record including numerous peer-reviewed publications and a wide range of professional experience in higher education. Brown was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, where she remains a Research Affiliate. Most recently, she served as Associate Director for African and African American Studies at Stanford University.

Jessica Poole ’03, UX Researcher Product Designer, AppDynamics

A critical thinker and solutions architect, Poole is constantly considering ways to enhance the well-being of others. As a leader in Health, Tech, and Education spaces, Poole has always championed access; access to higher education for all underrepresented students. Patient access to equitable healthcare and insurance practices. User access to the tools and products that will advance their participation. Across all industries, Jessica has passionately advocated for the needs of those most often left out of the conversation. Poole works to design and develop products and to implement strategies that maximize both user participation and product adoption.

Moderator: Sheila Hassell Hughes, PhD, Dean, School of Liberal Arts

Since joining Saint Mary’s as Dean of SOLA in 2015, Dean Hughes has launched two major initiatives that come together in this panel: the school’s Planning for Inclusive Excellence (PIE) initiative and the Liberal Arts Bridge (LAB) program of professional exploration and development for SOLA majors. Hughes holds an MA in English (U of Toronto) and an interdisciplinary PhD in Women’s Studies (Emory U), and her research has focused on intersectional issues of gender, race, and religion in US women’s literature, feminist pedagogy and theory, and girls’ studies. She has published on the work of women of color such as Audre Lorde, Gwendolyn Brooks, Joy Harjo, Wendy Rose, and Louise Erdrich. 

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