Virtual Discussion

Co-Opting AI: Recruiting

02/22 Wednesday | 12pm

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NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge, the 370 Jay Project, the NYU Center for Responsible AI, and the NYU Tandon Department of Technology, Culture and Society invite you to a new discussion in the series “Co-Opting AI.

This event will examine how AI intersects with the profession of recruiting and with gaining access to the labor market. It will take a connect current scholarship on technology and labor with deep industry insights on the HR tech sector.


Ifeoma Ajunwa is an Associate Professor of Law with tenure at UNC School of Law. She is also the Founding Director of the AI Decision-Making Research Program. Professor Ajunwa has been Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard Law School since 2017. Her research interests include: Race & the Law, Law & Technology, Employment & Labor Law, Health Law, etc. She has a budding interest in law & literature. Professor Ajunwa’s work is published or forthcoming in high impact factor law reviews of general interest: the California Law ReviewCardozo Law ReviewFordham Law Review, and Northwestern Law Review, as well as, the top law journals for specialty areas such as: anti-discrimination law (Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review), employment and labor law (Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law), and law and technology (Harvard Journal of Law and Technology). She has published op-eds in the New York TimesWashington PostThe Atlantic, etc., and her research has been featured in major media outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Guardian, the BBC, NPR, etc. In 2020, she testified before the U.S. Congressional Committee on Education and Labor, and has spoken before governmental agencies, such as, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the CFPB), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the EEOC). In 2018, the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) awarded Professor Ajunwa the Derrick A. Bell Award in recognition of her scholarly and teaching efforts addressing racial discrimination. In 2019, the National Science Foundation (NSF) selected her NSF CAREER Award proposal on automated hiring for funding. And in 2020, She received a pioneer grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to research genetic testing as part of workplace wellness programs. He forthcoming book “The Quantified Worker: Law and Technology in the Modern Workplace” can be pre-ordered here.

Joel Cheesman is a recruiting industry tech geek from the late ‘90s, when he worked at eSpan, one of the world’s first job boards, as well as JobOptions, CareerBoard, Jobing and He also did partnership shit at EmployeescreenIQ. But you probably know him from his days as Cheezhead. Joel likes to tinker, which means he’s started a variety of businesses, including his latest venture: a market sentiment platform called Poach. He is the co-founder of “The Chad and Chese Podcast”.

Chad Sowash has worked in the HR, Talent Acquisition, and HR Tech space for over 20 years consulting hundreds of Fortune 500 companies like AT&T, Lockheed Martin, and The Ford Motor Company to name a few. Chad is a former Army Infantry drill sergeant, who cut his teeth in online recruitment in ’98 with an outfit called Online Career Center before it launched in ’99 as He went on to build the startup DirectEmployers Association, steer RecruitMilitary toward revenue as CXO and build Randstad’s first military veteran hiring program. Today, you can find him behind the mic at events, and/or working his ass off challenging the norm on HR’s Most Dangerous Podcast “The Chad and Chese Podcast”.

Mona Sloane is a sociologist working on design and inequality, specifically in the context of AI design and policy. She frequently publishes and speaks about AI, ethics, equitability and policy in a global context. Mona is a Senior Research Scientist at the NYU Center for Responsible AI, and Research Assistant Professor at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, as well as a Fellow with NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK), where she convenes the Co-Opting AI series. Mona is the Founding Director of the *This Is Not A Drill* program at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, which develops a public pedagogy on art, equity, technology and the climate emergency. She also serves as the technology editor for Public Books, and is a Fellow with The GovLab.

The Co-Opting AI event series is convened by Mona Sloane. It is hosted at IPK and co-sponsored by the 370 Jay Project, the NYU Center for Responsible AI, and the NYU Tandon Department of Technology, Culture and Society.

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