Shamika Goddard

Creative Genius behind Tech Chaplaincy 

I grew up in San Antonio, TX and attended engineering and math camps during the summers in junior high and high school which fostered a love for coding and problem solving but was weeded out of an engineering/computer science path as a first generation student at Stanford University.  After graduating with a degree in African and African-American Studies, I moved to New York to serve a year with  and decided to commit my life to service.  In order to discern how and who to serve, I enrolled at Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York for a Master of Divinity.  My academic focus shifted during my time there when I rediscovered my love of technology while helping my peers with their computers and G Suite accounts.  Out of that work, I developed tech chaplaincy as an approach to tech support, inspired by best practices from chaplaincy and pastoral care, which centers humanity in technological issues and helps the individual find dignity and grace while ushering them to solutions and empowerment.  By the end of seminary, I had developed techno-womanism, an interdisciplinary womanist theoretical approach to analyzing, understanding, and explaining the intersectional nature of the human experience within and outside of the digital space as well as in and around technology inspired by a personal need to respond to both #GamerGate and #BlackLivesMatter. I now work as a Tech Chaplain and aspire to write, speak, and teach on the topics of technology, social justice, and ethics.

June 5 eFormation online workshop:

Using Technology to Disrupt Toxic Christianity: How New Forms of Engagement can Amplify the Voice of Progressive People of Faith

 

Previous workshops: Social Justice and Social Media: Troubling the Water in the Digital Space

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