Nicole Cotton

Research Assistant

Nicole-Marie Cotton is a third-year PhD student in the African-American & African Diaspora Studies program at Berkeley. Nicole explores the intersections of science, social media, and ethnic identity. The academic project she started her first year while taking a class with Dr. Michael Omi is researching the DNA Ancestry test reveals and reactions users upload to Youtube and Facebook. Nicole also has a long-standing academic commitment to diversity and inclusion in the environmental science field. She has worked on a project to encourage more international environmental organizations to be attentive to sustainability issues in Afro-Mexican coastal communities and has co-authored a publication highlighting the media strategies of environmental justice community organizations in shutting down a toxic facility in Los Angeles. Nicole’s professional experience includes grant management of federal stimulus funds for small nonprofits, STEM education, providing technical assistance to cities applying for federal grants, and project and property management for housing developments for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. Nicole supports the Institute’s Othering and Belonging Conference fundraising initiatives by outreaching to corporate and foundation leaders committed to creating diverse and inclusive environments.