Session: Equity, Access and Anonymity in the Digital Age

Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Time: 1:00 - 1:45 pm (CST) (UTC-06:00)
Location: Room 3
Format: General Lecture Session

Session description

Every piece of information collected, online or in-person, is building a profile aimed at customizing your experiences. New products, new jobs, new educational options. While it has its benefits, we must consider what this kind of profiling can mean for marginalized groups, whose very existence is reduced down to data points; race, gender, age.  It's time to think about how we can use online education to create safe spaces for these groups to share their own stories and experiences, from their own words and through their own fingertips.

Follow one woman of color's journey to find her voice and tell her story in our increasingly digital age.

At the end of this session, participants will have gained:

  • Perspective into the challenges marginalized students face and how the online modality can open pathways to higher education
  • Insight into how to create inclusive online spaces (classrooms, sessions, virtual meetings)
  • Immediately applicable skills to begin evaluating areas of bias and how to address them


Sam Barrow

Headshot of Sam Barrow
Director, Consumer Operations, General Assembly

Sam Barrow is an educator and trainer with a strong background in operations, planning and logistics. She spent 7 years in hospitality before transitioning into the education industry. She has spent the last 8 years conceptualizing and executing operational strategies, while maintaining a focus on continued personal and professional staff development. She completed her M.Ed in Adult Education in 2017 and is currently the Director, Consumer Operations at General Assembly.


  • General Lecture Session: Equity, Access and Anonymity in the Digital Age