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Kinnis Gosha: A Virtual Mentor and the Real Deal
Kinnis Gosha, Morehouse College professor and director of the NSF-supported Culturally Relevant Computing Lab

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A large part of Kinnis Gosha’s professional life has been dedicated to reshaping the demographics of the field of computer science, encouraging and mentoring underrepresented groups to participate.

Gosha graduated from Clemson University’s Human Centered Computing Lab doctoral program. There he focused on virtual mentorship, supporting African American students and emphasizing the benefits of going to graduate school. “My major is a tool to broaden participation in the sciences and other STEM fields,” Gosha says. 

Gosha is now a professor at the Morehouse College, where, he says, it is “a blessing to be paid to be a role model for other students,” noting that he often could not find African American mentors in computer science during his school days. At Morehouse, a Historically Black College, Gosha is director of the NSF-supported Culturally Relevant Computing Lab, where students “investigate research problems centerd around creating innovative computing technologies to solve cultural problems and issues.” Research has focused on problems such as the underrepresentation of minority students in STEM disciplines and graduate record examination prep.

Below, Gosha answers our 10 questions.

Name: Kinnis Gosha
Institution: Morehouse College
Field of Study: Computer Science

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