chelsea.barabas | MIT Center for Civic Media
In 2009 Chelsea graduated from Stanford with a B.A. in Sociology and minors in Arabic and Feminist Studies. Prior to coming to MIT, she worked with an international development start-up called Nuru International. With Nuru, Chelsea headed up the development of co-learning and design opportunities between Western development practitioners and local social entrepreneurs. Chelsea's research at Civic Media focuses on how alternative learning pathways translate into career opportunity for individuals who traditionally face significant obstacles to accessing higher education. The heart of this work is concerned with understanding evolving notions of meritocracy within the tech industry, and how that shapes the way that race, gender and educational pedigree influence an individual's career trajectory in technical fields.
As a thin-blooded Texas native, Chelsea hopes to thrive in her studies by hiding from the cold weather (aka anything below 80 degrees) in the library and labs on campus. Her desk will be the one with the vitamin D sun lamp nearby.