Speaker Bios: Afternoon

Session 1: One IT Developing Professionally, Personally

1:30-2:30 p.m. in Stephens Lounge

  • One IT Mastermind Group - Shirley Giraldo has built a career creating positive change as an educator and coach. A strong proponent of growth, she currently focuses on developing staff outside of the classroom at UC Berkeley as the Informal and Social Learning Lead. Outside of UC Berkeley, Shirley coaches people on their careers and works with organizations to increase their diversity efforts through her organization, Delthena Group. She’s previously worked with Google on workplace allyship, and spoke to an overflowing audience at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE). Her work has been featured in The Queens Courier and NBC Latino.

  • Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) - Aaron Culich is a Research Data and Cloud Architect with the Data-Intensive Social Sciences Laboratory (D-Lab) at UC Berkeley, and an elected member of the Leadership Team for the Campus Champions serving research universities across the US. He is currently a Teacher-in-Training with the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI). He is also a Berkeley City Leader of Sidewalk Talk, a worldwide community listening project, and board member of the Unconscious Bias Project (UBP), to promote the reduction of unconscious bias in academia and beyond. In his spare time he fosters kittens and drinks tea with poetry.

Session 2: The Present and Future of Diversity & Inclusion for One IT

1:30-2:30 p.m. in West Pauley

IST Action Team

  • Jen Bellenger, bConnected Service Team
  • Caroline Boyden, Web Platform Services
  • Peter Collins, Data Center Operations
  • Laurie Graham, Production Control and Endpoint Operations and Services
  • Kerry Hays, bConnected Service Team
  • Allison Henry, Information Security and Policy
  • Colette Jackson, Telecom
  • Patricia Juarez, Information Management and Workflow
  • Zoey Lin, Database and Platform Services
  • Katy Maloney, Student Information Systems

ReIT Diversity and Inclusion Work Group

  • April Wolford, OCIO
  • Traci Young, Student Affairs IT
  • Rob Silva, bConnected Team
  • Katy Maloney, Student Information Systems
  • Tim Fuson, Central Human Resources

Session 3: ReIT Ted Talks

2:30-3:30 p.m. in West Pauley 

  • Digital Learning Initiative - Suzanne Harrison is the Director of Digital Learning Services, a unit that provides design, production, delivery and technical tools services for common good digital learning and revenue generating online learning at UC Berkeley. Suzanne has been living and growing within the intersections of teaching, learning and technology for almost 20 years as an English teacher, Online Instructional Designer and Technical Project Manager, as well as an Ed Tech Trainer, Program Manager and Director.
  • SIS Phase 2 - Rana Silver recently joined IST as the Functional Director of SIS, bringing 20 years progressive experience in Oracle/PeopleSoft implementations and operations, learning management integrated solutions and end to end student life-cycle management. Her most recent leadership engagement with University of Colorado, System included a seamless Campus Solution v9.2 upgrade, Slate implementation for two campuses, uAchieve Degree Audit upgrade/Student Planner implementation, and an International Student Scholar System implementation within 2.5 years at the Enterprise level, while maintaining center of excellence level production system support. She will miss her mountain lifestyle and The Front Range, but is excited to explore The Redwoods with her daughter, husband, and extremely adventurous cat.
  • New Advising Tools - Oliver Heyer is Director, RTL, Projects:Development:Operations. He started his career employment at UC Berkeley last century as the Operations Manager for the Art History/Classics Graduate Service. At the turn of the century, he joined the computer revolution with a stint at DigitalThink.com, a corporate training company for which he changed roles 3 times in two years before returning to UCB's newly formed Educational Technology Services. There he helped implement the campus's first enterprise Learning Management System and has been leading various efforts in the academic technology space since.

Session 4: Disability Awareness Training

2:30-3:30 p.m. in Stephens Lounge

Lucy Greco, Web Accessibility Evangelist,  has been blind since birth. She first started using computers in 1985. Lucy has always felt that computers gave her an advantage while in college that many blind people did not have before that. Having a computer throughout college meant that she never had to get an extension on a paper or have somebody else re-write the paper so her professor could read it.

Using various forms of assistive technology (such as a scanner using optical character recognition), Lucy realized the potential for technology to include people with disabilities in everyday activities. Upon graduating from college, instead of continuing her interest in literature and physical therapy, Lucy became an accessible technology specialist.

Since then, people have come to Lucy asking questions, such as:

  • How can I experience email as a blind person?
  • How can I experience using a word processor as a person who can't use his/her hands?

Lucy’s passion drove her to find the answers to these questions and more. In 2005, Lucy joined the UC Berkeley Disabled Students Program as the Assistive Technology Specialist. For eight years she consulted with hundreds of UC Berkeley students on what the best technology for a person with a disability was and how a person with a disability can use required technology. In 2012, Lucy joined IST as the campus Web Accessibility Evangelist, and now leads the Electronic Accessibility Committee (EAC).