Melissa Gilliam MD, MPH, is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics at the University of Chicago. She is the Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice. In November 2012, she launched Ci3 at the University of Chicago to create research to describe and address the intersections between inequitable systems (e.g. education, economic, health) and the well-being of adolescents and young adults. Ci3 works with and on behalf of young people marginalized by race, class, and sexual orientation taking an asset- rather than risk-based approach to addressing sexual and reproductive health, educational attainment, physical safety, and economic security. Ci3 uses storytelling, game design, and technological interventions to empower young people and create policy change domestically and internationally.
This interdisciplinary project brings together New York-based Transmedia artist and theorist, Thenmozhi Soundararajan and two faculty from Ci3’s Transmedia Story Lab, adolescent health researcher and physician, Melissa Gilliam (University of Chicago, Biological Science Division-founder of Ci3), and game designer and scholar, Patrick Jagoda (University of Chicago, English & New Media Studies) as they explore significant social, cultural, and political issues that will impact possible human futures through a series of experimental and interactive digital narratives.