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.
Report and Reflection following a poster presentation at the 2021 Conference of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education. It was the presentation of a project titled "Contemplative Environments within Engineering Education: A Weaving of Two Auto-Ethnographies" by Olin faculty member Yevgeniya V. Zastavker and student David Freeman.