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.

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).

Alexandra Paz Cody

Alexandra Paz Cody

MSLS Student

Alexandra Paz Cody is a second-year MSLS student at UNC’s School of Library and Information Science. After earning her bachelors in English from Northwest University, Alex left her home state of Washington to teach English Language Arts in Northampton County, NC as a corps member in Teach for America. This experience lead to her desire to advocate for digital literacy and accessibility for students of all ages. Since arriving at SILS, Alex teaches with the Community Workshop Series and is interested in the issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the technology in the public sphere, such as affordable internet access and digital literacy education in schools and libraries. In addition to her participation in CEDI Lab, Alex is a research assistant for the Community-Driven Archives Mellon Grant within the Southern Historical Collection. In her spare time Alex enjoys baking, listening to music, and taking cross-county road trips.

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.