Melissa Bator (PhD, University of California Santa Barbara) works as an Academic Coordinator for two interdisciplinary research centers on campus: The Center for Information Technology & Society and The Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies. As the Academic Coordinator for CITS, Melissa coordinates the Information Technology & Society PhD Emphasis Program, assists in the management of both graduate and undergraduate student workers, administers the Center’s finances, coordinates Center events, and acts as a sounding board for the Center’s director.
Melissa is also an experienced facilitator utilizing Liberating Structures in her work with faculty and students to enable collborative groups to more effectively self-organize. Along with her colleague Joanne Nowak, she started the Sustainable Technology Repair Initiative in 2019 in order to fill a student resource gap at UCSB, the provision of affordable, sustainable digital device repair and device maintenance education.
Melissa's recent research examines digital equity within higher education through a basic needs framework. Her work considers digital stability as a basic need among college students and examines the interconnected nature of students’ basic needs in order to develop appropriate (i.e., trauma-informed) institutional support structures for digital equity within higher education.
Daniel was CITS' first Media Manager, while he pursued his M.S. in Computer Science at UCSB from 2017-2019. Dan's interdisciplinary background in Economics, Computer Science, and his Journalism coursework made him an indispensable member of the CITS leadership team in which he managed the center's media presence, publicized its events, and promoted the work of its faculty research affiliates.
Erin Valenzuela worked as a Media Manager for CITS from Spring 2020-Winter 2021, while she worked towards her undergraduate degree in Communication with a minor in Applied Psychology. As the Media Manager she helped with the center's website, organized the Center's online presence, and promoted current events.
Lexie Wang is a Media Manager at CITS, where she manages the center's web presence, promotes research publications by CITS affiliated faculty, and designs and creates promotional materials for the center's events. She is a third year undergraduate student pursuing a B.A. in Communication and in Linguistics at UCSB, with a minor in Japanese.
Patricia Weathersby is a Media Manager at CITS, where she manages the center's web presence, promotes research publications by CITS affiliated faculty, and designs and creates promotional materials for the center's events. She is a second year undergraduate student pursuing a B.A. in Communication and in Film and Media Studies at UCSB.