Assistant Professor Ricarose Roque designs and studies equitable learning environments that enable young people to become computational creators—able to use computing to create things they care about, develop identities as creators and imagine the ways they can shape the world. She draws on community-engaged, design-based and ethnographic approaches to study the role that social context plays in supporting children’s participation in computing, especially children from non-dominant groups who have been marginalized from opportunities because of race, ethnicity, immigration status and/or socioeconomic status.
Roque has courtesy appointments in the Computer Science and Learning Sciences and Human Development at the School of Education at CU Boulder. She directs the Creative Communities research group and leads the Family Creative Learning project. She is the 2023 recipient of the Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies. She was previously a member of the Lifelong Kindergarten research group at the MIT Media Lab, a member of the MIT Scratch Team, and faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Roque received an SB and an MEng in computer science and engineering as well as a SM and PhD in media arts and sciences from MIT.