SPEC Research Associates
In 2021-2022, the center partnered with the Sustainable Progress & Equality Collective (SPEC) to select research associates to assist in a unique, year-long project contributing to SPEC’s research and development projects and community building initiatives.
Fall 2021 SPEC Research Associates
Ilia de Leon, of Queens, New York, is a research associate with a focus in user experience design. She has a bachelor's degree in Information Science and Policy from the University at Albany. Ilia has spent many years working with companies overseas collaborating on various sourcing, production and logistics projects. More recently, Ilia has been focused on researching, understanding, and empathizing with users on their journey through digital products to create better experiences with usability, accessibility and inclusiveness in mind.
Lu Daley is a research associate/software developer at SPEC. Lu's research involves researching, creating, and testing full-stack solutions with accessibility in mind. His team is currently building a front-end design system, a full-stack learning management system, and contributing to other open source social justice, economic growth, and environmental sustainability projects.