CV

Highlights of Qualifications

  • Experienced Researcher in – ICTs and Development, Open source technology, Technology in education, creativity and learning, African history and identity in the global context, creating alternative technology solutions based on African knowledge systems, Women in technology,
  • Independent publishing experience
  • Strong Public Speaker-Guest Speaker, Presenter, Guest Lecturer
  • Experienced in developing and implementing Technology Audits and Assessment
  • Experienced designing programs for teachers to integrate ICTs in the classroom
  • Experienced in design, managing and facilitating programs for out of school, at risk, young adults and children with literacy challenges.
  • Experienced in integrating technology to improve government public service provision.
  • Experienced in Monitoring and Evaluation at different phases of a project’s cycle.
  • Well versed in customizing and creating technology solutions for teachers and learners.
  • Proficient in Social media strategy and engagement.
  • Experience in conducting training workshops for educators.

Education

PhD Sustainable Development 2014

(Research Area: Information and Communications Technology for Development)

University of the West Indies, Mona and the University of Surrey, United Kingdom

M.Sc Governance and Public Policy 2004

Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies, University of the West Indies, Mona

B.Sc International Relations 2002

Minors: Political Science and African Diaspora Studies

University of the West Indies, Mona

Project Design, Certificate 2005

Management Institute of National Development and Inter-American Development Bank

 

Work Experience

Co-Founder/Creative Director | SO((U))L

2011- Present

SO((U))L creates alternative community spaces for discussion exploration and discovery of the arts, culture, spirituality, music, creativity and the promotion of social justice, equality, and self-reliance. These spaces are called HQ’s (HEADQUARTERS). It currently operates two spaces – SOUL HQ and Di Institute for Social Leadership.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Curation of the Space mainly through arts programming – these includes inception of community programs, creative design of activities, and outreach,
  • Community sourced research, production and archiving of current and historical issues of Africa and the Black diaspora,
  • Host a radio show on Zanj Radio,
  • And Operations Management and aligning fundraising activities of the space with the vision.

Free and Open Source Software Outreach Program for Women Internship | Debian/GNOME Foundation

December 2013 – March 2014

Key Responsibilities:

  • Proposed language localization for the Debian Operating System, Translated the Debian installer from English to Jamaican English/Patios including development of a technical dictionary in Jamaica English,
  • Documentation of the learning and experience,
  • Engagement with the open Source community, specifically, women throughout the world.

 Program Manager | SlashRoots Foundation

June 2013 – January 2014

 Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the program design and execution of SlashRoots initiatives, collaborating with diverse subject matter experts and internal/external teams to develop program plans and processes,
  • Worked with the Foundations’ management team to develop and manage project roadmaps and associated workplans in response to program needs, with a specific focus on SlashRoots’ flagship initiatives, Code For The Caribbean and Developing the Caribbean,
  • Managed the production of project outputs and deliverables, including project plans, grant submissions, documentation, reports, and other materials,
  • Led the engagement with SlashRoots’ partners, program stakeholders and team members in the execution of program goals, Represented SlashRoots at international and regional engagements, Spread SlashRoots’ philosophy and programs through writing, public speaking or through other avenues.

Tutor Gender and Sexuality, Cultural Studies International Relations | University of the West Indies 2007-2012

 ICT coordinator | Jamaican Foundation for Life-Long Learning   

June 2011-2013

Key Responsibilities:

  • Introduce teachers from across Jamaica, with out of school adolescent and adult learners that have literacy challenges, to the effective use of ICTs,
  • Developed a technology education curriculum,
  • Design training programs,
  • Design support and follow up mechanism for the teachers during the implementation phase ,
  • Created a center (the Creative Learning Center) to support the professional development, creativity and innovation of teachers that specifically work with out of school adolescent, adult learners with literacy challenges and secured funding for it,

Presentations, Publications and Art Installations

HEADTOP: a 1 minute read on female power and hair. SOUL CULTURE BOOKS 2010

Para-sites cannot be defined, Woo, Yun Jin. (Ed.) ‘Para-‘: An Anthology on Art and Parasitism. Para-Sites 2014 Distributed Exhibition Project, 2014.

Creative illiteracy? How schools are making students illiterate, School of Education Literacy Symposium, University of the West Indies, Mona, Feb 21, 2013

Mutabaruka, the I-con, Rastafari Studies Conference, University of the West Indies, Mona, August 2010

Giving Up on Love, Love as Revolutionary Practice, Q-zine, 10th issue, a co-edition with OurSpaceIsLove, January 2015

The Role of DJ, International Reggae Day, University of the West Indies, June 2010

Who is ‘The Reggae Revival’for?, International Reggae Conference, University of the West Indies, Mona, February 2015

Rastafari, Reggae Artists and Models of Social Leadership, International Reggae Conference, University of the West Indies, Mona, February 2015

What Silences Does Our Art Speak, National Gallery of Jamaica, August 2013

Bunny a leak u a leak enuh- Women’s football in Jamaica, Academic Conference on International Football: Ideology, Culture, Politics and Everyday Life, April 2014

DJ Play Something Else, Bookophilia, 2010

Jah 9, the important fruit of an idea, ‘Reggae Talks’, The Department of Literatures in English, University of the West Indies, Mona

March 2013

Guest Speaker, Book Launch, Global Reggae edited by Carolyn Cooper, February

Binary Solved, New Local Space Kingston,

Canopy Guild, New Local Space Kingston,

Footage, SO((U))L HQ

What Silences Does Our Art Speak, National Gallery of Jamaica, August 2013

 

 

 

 

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