Valerie Gomez (she/hers) is a Program Manager engaged with the Educational Initiatives at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University (BKC). She leads the coordination of research sprints, a program for emerging scholars that explore a topic in technology that impacts society, and is involved with student programs and the Network of Centers (NoC). Her research interests include how educational technology impacts students and educators, and her recent work includes a Student Self Determination Use Case.
Prior to joining the Berkman Klein Center, Valerie held several K-12 educational positions that addressed the non-academic challenges that impacted classroom achievement. She transitioned to higher education as a Lecturer teaching undergraduate and graduate students in the school of Social Work at Texas State University. She was a visiting scholar to universities in Bogotá, Colombia where she taught the course, The Human Side of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master's degree from Texas State University in Social Work and remains a licensed social worker. She loves to cook, eat tacos and noodles, and can play one song on the ukulele.