Payton Croskey is a member of Princeton University’s class of 2023. She is a visual artist and tech justice scholar writing, coding and designing a liberatory future for all who refuse to submit to technology’s watchful eye. Pursuing a degree in African American Studies and a minor in Computer Science, Payton’s research seeks to uncover and develop ways of designing digital systems that protect and empower targeted communities.

On campus, Payton is the creative content director for the Ida B Wells Just Data Lab, where she extends her studies by collaborating with community organizations to address the creation, reproduction and lack of data in underrepresented communities. She also serves on the Undergraduate Board of Advisors for the Department of African American Studies, as a communications and social media specialist for the Lewis Center for the Arts and as the social and communications chair for Princeton’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. Additionally, Payton is a staff cartoonist for the Daily Princetonian and a 2021 recipient of the Martin A. Dale ’53 Summer Award.

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