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Monday, June 17 • 11:15am - 12:00pm
Virtual Reality For Reentry: Designing Immersion with Incarcerated and Returning Citizens

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The journey home from prison often presents obstacle after obstacle for women, from seeking housing and employment to keeping up with parole demands. For some, stressful situations--like being in crowded spaces or losing custody over a child--can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms that result in individuals getting sent back to prison. In this panel, we discuss the emotional and psychological challenges of reentry; the potential for immersive technologies to prepare women for these situations; our process of co-creating a VR curriculum with a women’s prison; and ethical considerations for designing with “captive users” who are too often silenced and exploited.

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Eric Gordon

Professor, Engagment Lab at Emerson College
Eric Gordon is a professor of civic media and the director of the Engagement Lab at Emerson College in Boston. His research focuses on building better interfaces between publics and civic organizations in a context of diminishing trust. He has co-designed interventions for large and... Read More →
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Melissa Teng

Project Manager, Engagement Lab, Emerson College
Melissa Teng is a designer and research associate at the Engagement Lab at Emerson College. She is exploring therapeutic applications of virtual reality with incarcerated and returning citizens, focusing on collaborative and civic design processes. She received her MA in Media Design... Read More →

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Jennie Dul

Assistant Manager, Logixhealth
Jennie Dul is a dancer, actress, choreographer and hot pot enthusiastic. As a dancer, she specializes in hip hop dancing and has collaborated with Wellesley College on several workshops to put performances to empower young girls in the community. She also has a diverse range and is... Read More →
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Barry Pousman

Director of Content Marketing and Digital Strategy, Institute for the Future
Barry Pousman works with the Institute for the Future, a not-for-profit think tank where he turns foresight into action through media. Prior to IFTF, Barry was CEO at Variable Labs, focusing on creating immersive training content. Barry is formerly a Chief Digital Strategist at the... Read More →
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Lynn Lizotte

Deputy Superintendent, Massachusetts Department of Correction
Lynn Lizotte is the Deputy Superintendent at MA DOC's SouthMiddlesex Correctional Center (SMCC) in Framingham, MA. SMCC is a minimum/pre-release facility for female inmates. She has been in the corrections field for 20 years working in different capacities with both male and female... Read More →

Monday June 17, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT
Mainstage - Tishman Auditorium