About Us

Meet the CEDI team

Amelia Gibson, PhD

Amelia Gibson, PhD

Assistant Professor

Amelia Gibson is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her primary research interests focus on the ways that information and data are used by and against marginalized communities, with a focus on health and wellness in communities of color (particularly among women and girls) and among disabled people. Her work explores the ways we understand and replicate systemic information poverty, marginalization, and equity in local communities and on the internet. She is the director of the Community Equity, Data and Information Lab at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Gibson is a Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar and a fellow with the UNC Center for Media Law & Policy, the Parr Center for Ethics, and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. She is the recipient of an IMLS Early Career Award and UNC Junior Faculty Development Award.

She holds a Ph.D. and MLIS from Florida State University, and a BA from Dartmouth College.

Laura March, MS, MEd

Laura March, MS, MEd

PhD Student

Laura March is a PhD student and Asheim Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Sciences. Laura is an instructional designer, trainer, and web developer with more than ten years of experience designing accessible online environments and teaching virtually. Prior to starting her PhD, Laura worked at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina Office for Online Learning, American University‘s Center for Teaching, Research & Learning in Washington, D.C. and the Pennsylvania State University’s Education Technology Services. She received an MS in Art Education and an MEd in Instructional Systems. Her research interests include universal design (for learning and for the web), educational technology, digital and visual culture, and informal learning at cultural institutions. Laura enjoy painting friends and family in the style of famous works of art, trivia games, and eating far too much pizza.

Kristen Bowen, MSLS

Kristen Bowen, MSLS

PhD Student

Kristen Bowen is a doctoral student and Rodney Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science. Her primary research interests are within the realm of examining the health information behavior of marginalized populations, specifically in relation to socially stigmatized topics or invisible disabilities, (examples are psychiatric or neurodevelopmental) and the influence that social media and technological advancements have upon these actions. Kristen’s PhD research examines the health information behavior of Black emerging adults (18-25) who deal with mental illness in connection to sexual violence. Emphasis is placed on how they use social media and technology as a part of their information behavior.

Alexis Romero Walker, MA

Alexis Romero Walker, MA

PhD Student

Alexis Romero Walker is a PhD Student and Roy H. Park Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media. Her primary research interests are around creating an equitable media pedagogy in higher education media classrooms through critical media literacy practices, with a focus on how to make visual media-making better representative for womxn and communities of color. Her work is directly connected to her experience in filmmaking, and she believes that when media skills classrooms in higher education teach about gender, sexuality, race, and disability, there will be more empathetic media practitioners in the field.

Alexis was awarded the William Francis Clingman Jr. Ethics Award in 2019 for her work in the Media Literacy field, and was a member of the student leadership council for the National Association of Media Literacy Education (Namle.net) for three years. She received her MA from Sacred Heart University in Media Literacy and Social Justice, and her BA from BYU-Utah in Media Arts. Alexis also enjoys yoga, acai bowls, and her favorite movie is "The Red Shoes" (1948).

Ayo Alabi

Ayo Alabi

MSIS Student

Ayo Alabi is a first year MS student in SILS. His academic interests revolve around the practical applications of data analysis and supporting decision making using data. He studied Geographic Information Systems at the University of Washington, Seattle and graduated in 2017. Ayo is passionate about giving people agency over the data they generate and use, so that they live their lives as best they can. He is currently exploring how agency over data can be exploited by marginalized communities. Outside of class he loves listening to music and resting with friends.

Jade Bruno

Jade Bruno

MSLS Student

Jade Bruno is a first-year MSLS student at UNC SILS who is on the Academic Libraries track. She received her BA in Anthropology with a minor in Women’s & Gender Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill. Within academic libraries she’s primarily interested in instruction and implementing equitable, inclusive pedagogy, as well as participating in collaborations with other student success departments across campus. A first-gen grad student herself, she has a strong interest in working with traditionally underserved and marginalized groups of students, and takes an assets-based approach to her practice.

Nadia Pacheco Amaro

Nadia Pacheco Amaro

MSIS Student

Nadia Pacheco Amaro is a second-year MSIS student, Weiss Urban Livability Fellow, and Burmeister Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science. She received her BA in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and worked as a program coordinator for various nonprofit organizations prior to pursuing her Master‘s degree. She was born in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, but grew up moving between the United States and Mexico multiple times. Growing up bicultural and trilingual, she developed a unique perspective of the world. Nadia learned everyone has something to share and that it’s imperative to judgmentally listen and empathize. This empathy extends into her work where she is passionate about improving historically marginalized populations lives through design and research.