SIGGRAPH Spotlight: Episode 79 – Inclusivity and Education in Immersive Spaces

by | 21 June 2024 | Conferences, Metaverse, Virtual Reality

Image credit from left to right: Derek Ham, and Dr. Muhsinah L. Morris

In this episode of SIGGRAPH Spotlight, SIGGRAPH 2024 Immersive Pavilion Chair Derek Ham and VR pioneer and educator Dr. Muhsinah L. Morris dive into a discussion on immersive technologies, Dr. Morris’s work at Historically Black College and University college Morehouse, storytelling, and the metaverse, while shedding light on the evolving landscape of immersive experiences in education.

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About Our Guest

Dr. Muhsinah Lateefah Morris is the first ever metaversity director. She is a senior assistant professor in the Department of Education and a proud HBCU Faculty Fellow for the Propel Center funded by Southern Company and Apple. She is a B.S. chemistry graduate of the HBCU Clark Atlanta University. She obtained an M.S. and Ph.D. from the Harvard of the South, Emory University, in biomolecular chemistry. Dr. Morris has been part of and leading Morehouse’s Metaversity project since the spring of 2021. She’s won awards for Teaching Excellence at Morehouse College, Best Emerging Technology and Innovation from CBRE, First Place Unconventional Innovation in Industry by T-Mobile, and Educator of the Year for 2022 by STEM Women Atlanta. She resides in McDonough, Georgia, with her husband and five sons. One of her sons has autism, and she advocates for the entire autism community as a member of the Community Advisory Council and Advocacy Ambassadors for Autism Speaks. She’s a VR pioneer in education, transforming learning globally. Affectionately known as Dr. M.O.M. (Molder of Minds) by all her students, she continues to mold the minds of educators and students globally in the Metaverse. She is a member of the XR Advisory Council for the XR Association and Futurist Council for Jobs for the Future (JFF). A proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, she was named a Top 100 Woman of the Future for 2023 by Women of the Future and has been featured on CNN International, The Next Frontier. Her goal is to authentically transform the educational system for our future leaders using immersive technologies in the metaverse. Currently, she trains both pre-service and in-service educators on how to create and optimize their own institutional metaverse culture. More recently, she founded Metaverse United, LLC, where she helps people find where they belong in the embodiment of the internet called the Metaverse. Learn more at UnitetheMetaverse.com.

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