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Julia Nee

Julia Nee

Bilingual Research Associate

Julia Nee’s work involves research and evaluation of exhibits and experiences in informal educational environments like the Exploratorium.

She holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley, where she designed, implemented, and evaluated informal language programs for learners of Zapotec, an Indigenous language of southern Mexico.

Julia also worked as a researcher at Berkeley’s Center for Equity, Gender & Leadership, creating practical resources to help guide leaders in technology to develop equitable language practices in emerging artificial intelligence tools. Prior to her PhD studies, she taught English at the college level in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Whether in her role as a linguist, educator, or evaluator, Julia is motivated to use language to build understanding among people with diverse viewpoints and experiences, and to then build on that understanding to create joyful educational experiences.


Julia will be speaking at:

Museums, Health & Wellbeing Summit

Tuesday, 7th February 2023

Trauma-informed Approaches to Support Inclusive Learning in Urban Public Spaces

More organisations are meeting communities where they are by bringing science and art experiences into public spaces. We recognise the potential these experiences have to support community well-being, but we also struggle with a common challenge in urban public space: How can we create the necessary physical and psychological safety required for learning? Urban Alchemy, an organisation committed to well-being in traumatised urban spaces, partnered with the Exploratorium in SF to develop a facilitation approach that addresses this challenge. This presentation will share how the place-based, trauma-informed facilitation strategies they developed can add to your efforts to promote community well-being!

Julia Nee