Care and Liberation in Creating a Student-Led Public Interest Technology Clinic
The emerging field of Public Interest Technology contains the seeds for an engineering practice that embodies the ethic of care and undergraduate engineering educational experiences in the mold of liberatory education. We realized these opportunities by creating an undergraduate, student-led public interest technology clinic. Using autoethnography, we reflect on our effort to create the clinic and find that we prioritized emotions and relationships, embraced slowness and deliberation, and claimed student ownership. These practices served to redefine engineering in ways that center care and equity, helping us create the inclusive and effective engineering and public interest technology educational experiences we wanted for ourselves.