Teaching, Training and Development

My teaching philosophy aligns to one of my favorite Toni Morrison quotes in which she stated, “If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.” Early in life, I was privileged both socio-culturally and economically by being born to educator-activist parents who also did well for themselves as technologists and entrepreneurs. They taught me to use my privilege in service of others and were role-models that influenced my trajectory as an educator, technologist, and entrepreneur.

Today, I am obsessed with knowledge construction and sharing processes, whether in formal or informal settings. I have spent several decades actively engaged in learning communities with some of our nation’s foremost educators, technologists, and grassroots change-makers. Along the way, I’ve witnessed how teaching and learning experiences often shift based on factors such as race, gender, class, culture, language, and physical environment. My experiences have made me empathetic and versatile in facilitating learning for diverse people across institutional contexts; from primary classrooms and college lecture halls to neighborhood coffee shops and executive boardrooms.

I have deep interest in the ways that people engage with digital and social technologies for learning and collaboration to bring forth new ideas, products, and services. I directly work with technology and social entrepreneurs, along with heavy mentoring and coaching of aspiring and experienced technology professionals. I support them in learning how to develop better value-propositions and stronger organizations (i.e., companies) to realize their goals and visions. Ultimately, I want people to walk away from learning experiences with both surface and deep insights that can support critical analyses, problem-solving, decision-making, and shifts in behaviors. In teaching, I leverage an assortment of learning theories, digital technologies, as well as analog tools to create multimedia-rich, transformative learning experiences.

COURSES TAUGHT AT UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

  • Information Ethics (INFO 350)

  • Gender, Equity and Information Technology (INF0 402)

  • Undergraduate Informatics Capstone I & II, Commercialization (INFO 490, 491)

  • Indigenous Systems of Knowledge (LIS 534)

  • Management of Information Organizations (LIS 580)

TRAINING & INSTRUCTION AT TECHNOLOGY ACCESS FOUNDATION (TAF)

  • Project Based Learning and Assessment, Teachers and Administrators

  • Logic Models and Program Evaluation, Program Managers

  • Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW), Teachers and Administrators

  • 6 +1 Writing Traits, Teachers and Administrators

  • Intro to Programming (Grades 6 - 12)

  • Computer Basics (Grades K - 12)

Zithri is the most creative person I have ever worked with. He has the ability to analyze ideas and concepts from multiple points of view and the ability to keep everyone engaged in the conversation. He is an amazing teacher with incredible knowledge of how to articulate ideas and concepts in a manner that is easy to understand. Zithri regularly brings many different groups to the table, [both] in the community and in business, to channel efforts for the common good.
— Juan Cotto, Director of Social Impact at Bloodworks Northwest
“I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.”   - Toni Morrison

“I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.”

- Toni Morrison