Board of Directors
Susana Loza, assistant professor of media culture, received B.A. degrees in Political Science and Psychology from Stanford University, and her Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. She teaches cultural studies, critical race theory, film and media studies, popular music, feminist theory, and ethnic studies. Her research interests include science fiction and horror; racial and sexual performativity; digital media and cybercolonialism; the politics of online fandom; power, privilege and cultural appropriation; and the resurgence of minstrelsy in “post-racial” times.
nina de jesus
nina is the digital projects librarian at York University. They got their
MLIS from UBC, in addition to an MA in Asian Studies and a BA in Chinese
and Philosophy. They work primarily in the areas of digital preservation
and scholarly communication using free/libre and open source software and
advocating for open access. nina is primarily interested in decolonization
of land, people, and culture — as such she recently started exploring the
values and ethics of the free culture & free software movements. They are
committed to an understanding of freedom as liberation from oppression.
Lynn Cyrin is a computer science student and Dean’s Scholar at Mills College. She has been studying programming for roughly a year, and sees it mainly as a means to an end (the end being destroying capitalism, decolonizing our culture, and spreading queerness). That being said, she does love working on web development, data science, and game development projects. She’s also an African American transwoman, and is constantly looking for more ways to help transwomen of color, homeless women, and trauma survivors. When she isn’t doing any of those things, she’s probably playing League of Legends.
Cindy is an EE student and Red Hat intern living in Texas. She has taught and mentored bilingual and low-income elementary, middle-school, and high school students in robotics, electronics, and hands-on engineering. She has done outreach for the First Lego League in Central Texas, GirlStart, and Latinitas. She’s worked as a web developer for the engineering college at my university and worked on OpenStack Marconi as part of Round 7 of GNOME’s Outreach Program for Women, you can read about her experiences here. Her passions include free and open source software, live music, puzzles, programming, electronics, education, Chican@ and Mexican history, activism, bicycling, and longboarding.
Kẏra | Email
Kẏra is an activist within—and critic of—the free software and free culture movements. As a student, aspiring hacker, 2ⁿᵈ generation hoppa, and trans femme cyborg, Kẏra is committed to free software and free culture as a matter of POC empowerment, disability justice, decolonization, queer liberation, prison abolition, and the destabilization of patriarchy. Their own experiences gaining footing in hacker communities led them to organize the Empowermentors Collective. They’ve worked for many years on the advocacy of free software, free cultural works, and many related issues since having been an intern at the Free Software Foundation in 2010.
Sysadmin of Last Resort: Asheesh Laroia (Johns Hopkins University alumnus) Email
Asheesh Laroia received a M.S. in computer science at the Johns Hopkins University in 2007. He received his B.A. in cognitive science from JHU. In 2004, he filed a deposition in the Diebold lawsuit that first earned the student free culture movement coverage in the national media. A long-time participant in free software and free culture, he interned at Creative Commons in 2006.