Aina Braxton is the Program Coordinator of University of Washington Bothell’s Digital Future Lab, and she is a real-life superhero.
We first met when she began working for the DFL in 2013—now the place would be unrecognizable without her. She helps coordinate students producing multiple digital media projects, all while producing her own projects. The first of these is a collaboration with the University Beyond Bars. Braxton and a student editor curate works of writing from inmates at Monroe State Prison and create digital experiences to display the work.
Issues of technology access are very important to her. On top of all this work, Aina is also an incredible mom who plays video games with her 10-year-old son, Kekoa. I sat down with her to catch up and talk about how she purposefully began playing games to bond with her son—and I learned a lot about her personal history of gaming and how she made M-rated games a family activity.