Jaleesa Trapp

Lifelong Kindergarten
  • Research Assistant

i'm currently a first year phd student in the lifelong kindergarten research group. my current research focus is exploring the different ways youth of color interact with computers and technology, in an effort to design playful technologies with and for them. 

my master's research focused on examining the race, class, and social barriers to constructionism in education through an intersectional lens with the hope to provide solutions to eradicate them. my goal is to give marginalized youth access to STEM technologies and equip educators with the resources to provide an equitable learning environment. 

prior to graduate school, i was the coordinator at the computer clubhouse in tacoma, wa—where i also participated as a member from 7th-12th grade. i was also a computer science teacher at the science and math institute (SAMI), and then helped start the industrial design engineering and art (IDEA) school. additionally, i'm  a community organizer with a group called tacoma action collective, where i've helped bring awareness to many issues such as health disparities, gun violence, … View full description

i'm currently a first year phd student in the lifelong kindergarten research group. my current research focus is exploring the different ways youth of color interact with computers and technology, in an effort to design playful technologies with and for them. 

my master's research focused on examining the race, class, and social barriers to constructionism in education through an intersectional lens with the hope to provide solutions to eradicate them. my goal is to give marginalized youth access to STEM technologies and equip educators with the resources to provide an equitable learning environment. 

prior to graduate school, i was the coordinator at the computer clubhouse in tacoma, wa—where i also participated as a member from 7th-12th grade. i was also a computer science teacher at the science and math institute (SAMI), and then helped start the industrial design engineering and art (IDEA) school. additionally, i'm  a community organizer with a group called tacoma action collective, where i've helped bring awareness to many issues such as health disparities, gun violence, police violence, housing inequalities, the achievement gap in education, access and representation in STEM, and other issues that impact marginalized people. i received my bachelor's degree from the university of washington in human centered design and engineering with a concentration in human computer interactions.