2021 Election Results

July 14, 2021

We’re pleased pleased to announce the results of our election/leadership transfer process! We have four people in new roles and several continuing roles who will take over the leadership on August 1st.

AccessSIGCHI Chair: Jennifer Rode. Jennifer is the head of the Rainbow Lab and a Senior Lecturer at University College London’s Knowledge Lab. Jen was the founding Chair of AccessSIGCHI and has been an integral member throughout its existence. She brings a passion for DEI & Accessibility to the committee, a background in critical feminist theory, and a strong penchant for activism. 

AccessSIGCHI Vice Chair: Özge Subaşı. Özge is the head of Futurewell: Cocreation and Wellbeing Lab and an Assistant Professor at Koc University, Istanbul, and has a PhD in design anthropology. She has worked with more than 40 research and industry partners (including large companies, SMEs, start-ups, governmental institutions and NGOs) on developing assistive technologies, and participatory design processes. She previously served as the website chair for AccessSIGCHI.  

AccessSIGCHI Web and Social Media Chair: Dhruv Jain. DJ is a Computer Science PhD candidate at UW. He works at the intersection of accessibility and AI, particularly on sound sensing and feedback to support d/Deaf or hard of hearing people. He has received multiple best paper awards and honorable mentions, and pioneered the use of auto-ethnography in accessible computing research. He previously served as member at large for AccessSIGCHI.

AccessSIGCHI SIGACCESS Representative: Karyn Moffatt. Karyn Moffatt is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Inclusive Social Computing in the School of Information Studies at McGill University, where she directs the Accessible Computing Technologies Research Group. Her research in human computer interaction explores how technology can be designed to meet the social and information needs of older adults and people with disabilities. Her work has led to a number of publications in top-tier international venues and has been recognized with awards at ACM ASSETS 2007, ACM CHI 2009, and ACM CSCW 2014. Karyn is also a member of the SIGACCESS leadership team, where she is secretary/treasurer.

Continuing Roles: 

AccessSIGCHI Communications Chair and Community Liaison: Elaine Short

AccessSIGCHI CHI SC Representative: Raja Kushalnagar

AccessSIGCHI Student Volunteer Lead: Anne Spencer Ross

AccessSIGCHI Conference Liaison: Megan Hofmann

AccessSIGCHI Member at Large: Garreth Tigwell, Jennifer Mankoff