SIM|ED • Simulation Education

SIM|ED is a tech incubator housed in the SAFElab at Columbia University School of Social Work. SIM|ED includes individuals who are formerly incarcerated, professors and students in social work and computer science. Leveraging the power of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and 360 video, we develop and implement tools, resources, and immersive educational modules. We aim to provide holistic and comprehensive social media education for youth and the adults, agencies, and organizations that leverage social media to make decisions about youth behavior (e.g., law enforcement, judges, lawyers).

SIM|ED also aims to provide people coming home from prison opportunities to gain relevant tech skills and earn a living utilizing their expertise to infuse the tech industry with nuanced cultural perspectives and deeper context regarding social media use, privacy, and ‘freedom of speech’.