Leshell Hatley (Program Coordinator) is a doctoral student in Learning Technologies Design Research. Her research interests include: development and evaluation of technology that supports learning (animation, mobile apps, intelligent tutors, and virtual instructors) and the technologies and principles that enable them (machine learning, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction); PreK-12th grade STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education, CS (computer science) education, equity in education, as well as culturally relevant pedagogy and its impact on student learning. In addition to research, Leshell teaches out-of-school programs in Washington, DC focusing on STEM, Reading, and Black History by way of Lego Mindstorm Robotics, computer programming, and game design. Contact at

Kevin Clark, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator) is a Professor in the Instructional Design and Development program, and the Director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. In addition to his scholarly work on the design and development of educational interactive media for diverse audiences, Dr. Clark has almost 20 years experience as a designer, consultant, and researcher in the areas of educational game design, online and interactive media, and issues of diversity and inclusion in digital media. He holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in computer science from North Carolina State University as well as a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems from Pennsylvania State University. Contact at

Joseph Williams, Ph.D. (Co-Principal Investigator) is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling and Development Program at George Mason University. He has a clear and strong commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice. His research interests include understanding the role of culture and the environment (e.g., home, school, and community) in facilitating resilience among traditionally marginalized children and adolecents, and the families and communities in which they live. Dr. Williams' research interest also include: home-school-community partnerships, ecological models of counseling, multicultural-social justice counselor training, and counseling outreach in communities and schools.