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Lynette Yarger (Pennsylvania State University)

January 13, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Lynette Yarger Design Lab UCSD

*All Winter 2021 Design@Large talks will be hosted online. This aligns with UC San Diego policy that all events be hosted virtual during the Winter 2021 quarter.

Reproduction of Inequality in AI Hiring Platforms

AI hiring platforms are increasingly used by firms to manage many tasks in the talent acquisition process including the sourcing of job ads, screening and assessment of candidates, coordinating and conducting interviews, and making recommendations for hiring. Concurrently, the software  industry that creates the AI hiring platforms is experiencing an alarming diversity crisis. Researchers have found that the absence of racial, ethnic and gender diversity in the AI sector may result in algorithms that codify deep-seated biases that reinforce historic patterns of discrimination. Therefore, new methods for mitigating AI hiring bias in firms must also address the diversity crisis in the AI sector.

About the Speaker

Dr. Lynette Yarger is assistant dean for equity and inclusion at the Schreyer Honors College and associate professor with the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State. Her research employs critical theories and social science methods to examine the intersection of computing with historically marginalized racial, gender, and ethnic identities.

About Design@Large

Design@Large is a speaker series that is hosted by The Design Lab at UCSD, where each quarter we examine a topic in society and the relevance and implications through the lens of human centered design.

Co-hosted by Elizabeth Eikey and Edward Wang and developed in partnership with Carrie Sawyer, Design@Large this quarter (and next) is focused on racism in the design of everyday things across a range of topics, such as artificial intelligence, linguistics, education, and more. Each topic area will help shed light on the historical context of racism and the consequences of “designing” without understanding racism’s deep roots, as well as provide examples of anti-racist and equitable approaches in practice. Too often we want to jump straight to action, but without building our capacity to understand racism (and other “isms”) and critically evaluating its impact, we perpetuate racism and inequality – even with the best intentions. Through an exciting lineup of speakers, this series begins to make connections between history and designing and aims to promote awareness around the lifelong practice of anti-racist work across a variety of interconnected domains.


January 13, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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