Ari Chivukula

Myself


I'm a law student at UC Berkeley working on digital self-representation.

I'm a queer/trans mixed-race person of color.

I'm here for you.

Art


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Editor and Typesetter | August 2018 - (May 2020)

Berkeley Law’s student art organization builds community through semesterly zine publications, open-mics, and skill-building workshops.


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//TECTONIC MARROW SOCIETY

Pylon II | October 2016

I designed the system that coordinated the visuals across multiple surfaces with the dance for this performance.


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Queer Church

The Sword | Pre-Production

The inescapable feeling of paranoia from past trauma and constant-connectedness.

Pizza Roles | August 2017

Inspired by my experience in the corporate diversity cult of glossy marketing photographs, I wrote the script, co-directed, and starred.

You've Got Tail | September 2016

An erotic short touring internationally, most recently at Frameline (largest queer film festival in the world). I underwrote and acted in the film.


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Lion's Main Art Collective

Othello Quartz Festival | July 2016

Community art festival in South Seattle funded by 'Arts in The Park' grant from the city. I helped plan the layout and screen artist applicants.

Erasure | November 2015

I collaborated on decay-rebirth themed visuals synced to live music.

Gay City Open Mic | October 2015, January 2016

I facilitated an open mic with Gay City (an STD testing non-profit that also hosts art shows) to make a space for new queer/trans voices.

QTONE | September 2015

Shorts festival focused on queer filmmakers of color. We screened to 200 people and were picked up by Three Dollar Bill Cinema's TWIST festival.

Governance


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Berkeley Student Cooperative

Vice President of Internal Affairs | (August 2019) – (May 2020)

Summer Vice President | May 2019 – (August 2019)

Board Representative from Hillegass-Parker House | May 2019 – (May 2020)

I was elected to the board of my house’s managing non-profit. I’ll be serving as the head policy wonk for our 1.2k housed students.


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Chancellor's Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Communities

Co-Lead | (September 2019) – (August 2020)

Member | September 2018 – (August 2020)

I joined this advocacy group to build community solidarity and assist in updated sexual-harassment and data-gathering policy implementation.


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Three Dollar Bill Cinema

Interim Executive Director | February 2018 – May 2018

Board of Directors | January 2017 – May 2018

I assisted in fundraising for this LGBTQ film organization. I managed the staff while a hiring search was run for a new executive director.


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Lion's Main Art Collective

Established Board | June 2015 – July 2016

I planned events, filed taxes, and drafted the constitution for this Seattle queer/trans arts organization.

Law


Legal Automation Workshop

Co-Founder | January 2019 - (May 2020)

Student legal service project serving direct service, data analysis, and research needs in Berkeley Law and the larger Bay Area.


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East Bay Community Law Center

Intern | May 2019 - (August 2019)

I’m working at the clean slate practice to remove barriers to civic participation generated by the criminal justice system.


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Judicial Council Of California

Field Placement | (August 2019) – (December 2019)

Technical Consultant | May 2018 – August 2018

I established initial tooling for the founding of the digital service branch. I’ll be working with the Center for Families on their self-help services.


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Berkeley Law School

Technology Law | August 2018 – (May 2021)

Technology



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SIMTEK

Principal Engineer | March 2017 – January 2019

I was the backend coder for a system that alerts you when your gun-safe is opened. I coordinated iOS/Android developers in feature development.


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Facebook

Seattle Diversity Coordinator |  January 2015 – April 2016

I founded this position to advocate for underrepresented groups in technology by organizing social, recruitment, and educational events.

Software Engineer |  July 2013 – March 2017

I worked on malicious-website detection, Oculus VR multiplayer platform, custom gender, and developer tools.


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University of Michigan

B.S.E. Computer Science | August 2009 – May 2013