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Lightning talk slides from 2019 IA Roundtable. Discussion of approaches and techniques for planning and facilitating inclusive events within the IA/UX industry.

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Architecting IA Industry Events for Diversity & Inclusion (+ Safety) - IA Roundtable at IA Conference 2019

  1. 1. Architecting Industry Events for Diversity & Inclusion | Jeffrey Ryan Pass | #WIADDC19 | #WIAD19 | 02.23.2019 Architecting IA Industry Events for Diversity & Inclusion (+ Safety) Jeff Pass 7th Academics and Practitioners Roundtable, IAC 2019
  2. 2. 01 WORLD IA DAY 2019 Formative years and years of formation… Industry event organizer: • WIAD DC • UXPA DC/UXDC • GoodGov UX • IAS/IAC • COPs It’s been one of my missions in recent years and when they asked I didn’t say “no.” Architecting IA Events for D&I | Jeffrey Ryan Pass | 2019 IA Roundtable | IAC 2019 | 03.13.2019 WHY THIS GUY?
  3. 3. 01 WORLD IA DAY 2019 Why D&I + Safety For diversity and inclusion efforts to be successful, non- majoritarian individuals and groups need to feel safe and secure. Acknowledgement and simple representation is not sufficient, though it is a step in the right direction. Architecting IA Events for D&I | Jeffrey Ryan Pass | 2019 IA Roundtable | IAC 2019 | 03.13.2019 Why Not Safety It is difficult, as event organizers to speak “officially” of safety and especially safety enforcement as doing so can create liability (or at least the appearance of liability). Additionally, most event organizers are not trained in (or qualified to) enforce safety.
  4. 4. WORLD IA DAY 2019 IAC 2019 D&I Efforts The IAC has taken steps to make the inaugural Information Architecture Conference is as diverse, inclusive, and safe as possible, including: • Naming D&I co-directors • New, more robust Code of Conduct • Code of Conduct Policies and Procedures (in development) • Pre-Event D&I Survey • IAC Diversity Poll • IA Roundtable • IAI / IAC Scholarship Program • Diversity & Inclusion Workshop and Roundtable Architecting IA Events for D&I | Jeffrey Ryan Pass | 2019 IA Roundtable | IAC 2019 | 03.13.2019
  5. 5. 01 WORLD IA DAY 2019 D&I Workshop Facilitation Participants shared their D&I- and safety-related industry event: • Experiences - Happened to you • Observations - You witnessed • Lessons Learned - Personal, Professional, etc. • Recommendations - Constructive, realisticArchitecting IA Events for D&I | Jeffrey Ryan Pass | 2019 IA Roundtable | IAC 2019 | 03.13.2019 Conducted At • UXCamp DC 2019 - ~120 attendees - ~12 participants • WIAD DC 2019 - ~135 attendees - ~100 participants • IAC 2019 - Saturday, 3.15.2019 - 12:45pm, bring catered lunch from Atrium
  6. 6. WORLD IA DAY 2019 Data Collection and Tagging Architecting IA Events for D&I | Jeffrey Ryan Pass | 2019 IA Roundtable | IAC 2019 | 03.13.2019 The information collected to date includes 185 unique items • Categorized: Experiences, Observations, Lessons Learned, Recommendations • Tagged: with themes identified during review: o Actionable Solutions o Accessibility & Related o Communications & Promotions o Cost (event) o Culture (event, industry, society) o Curation o Dispute Resolution o Diversity o Gender Related o Hospitality (event) o Inclusion o Introverts o Logistics & Location (event) o Outreach o Planning o Safety o Social Events (associated, outside) o Step Up, Step Back (culture + inclusion) o Support (for attendees, presenters, etc.) o Training (all parties)
  7. 7. 01 WORLD IA DAY 2019 Culture • Understand all groups you are designing (events) for • Stand up for self, others • Convey interest/appreciation regardless of skill/experience • Define/promote D&I together • Open/transparent communication • Safe space to challenge/grow self and community Architecting IA Events for D&I | Jeffrey Ryan Pass | 2019 IA Roundtable | IAC 2019 | 03.13.2019 Inclusion & Step Up/Back • Program in a variety of formats • Proactively engage under- represented groups • Don’t just seek demographics • Non-gendered bathrooms • Pronoun stickers (+ promotion) • Address Imposter syndrome • Facilitate participation • Step Up, Step Back and other inclusion variants (Q&A)
  8. 8. 01 WORLD IA DAY 2019 Introverts • Facilitated participation can backfire or reduce participation • Access to discussions, Q&A • Safe/quiet rooms • Activities for introverts • Introvert accessibility • Provide info about event, activities, accommodations Architecting IA Events for D&I | Jeffrey Ryan Pass | 2019 IA Roundtable | IAC 2019 | 03.13.2019 Curation • Outreach and support for new, underrepresented, and marginalized voices • Avoid tokenization and D&I speakers on D&I topics • Community curation • No excuse for majoritarian programming • Speaker resources, support
  9. 9. WORLD IA DAY 2019 D&I Roundtable Next Steps Architecting IA Events for D&I | Jeffrey Ryan Pass | 2019 IA Roundtable | IAC 2019 | 03.13.2019 After completing the D&I Roundtable at IAC and adding the outputs to the spreadsheet, the next steps will be to: • Complete IAC D&I Roundtable and update spreadsheet • Complete initial analysis and share tactical recommendations • Share dataset along with high-level recommendations • Complete D&I Roundtables at other industry events then repeat
  10. 10. Architecting Industry Events for Diversity & Inclusion | Jeffrey Ryan Pass | #WIADDC19 | #WIAD19 | 02.23.2019 Sincere & Heartfelt Thanks Questions? Continue the conversation? Email: Pass_Jeffrey@bah.com Twitter: @jeffpass LinkedIn: jeffreyryanpass About: jeffpass

Lightning talk slides from 2019 IA Roundtable. Discussion of approaches and techniques for planning and facilitating inclusive events within the IA/UX industry.

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