When I saw the announcement for I went to your website to see who would be speaking/presenting. As I looked through the list of talks and speakers I did not see speakers who are . The presence of additional voices will spark conversations and insights that wouldn’t happen without the presence of .
There are a variety of ways in which unintentional bias can lead to homogenous speakers at an event. There are also a variety of concrete ways to change this including . For further information please check out which has a variety of resources to help organizers increase diversity
While I attended last weekend, I was disappointed to notice the oversights in your speaker line up leading to it being made up of nothing but .
Going forward, if I see another line up of all privileged Group speaking at your conference, I will have to assume you are actively working to run a conference to alienate members of the marginalized group. Since I’m not interested in that environment, this may be my last event name; I could instead have attended where I know I and my peers would both have felt more welcome.
I saw the announcement for and was interested in attending. When I looked over the list of speakers I noticed there was a lack of speakers who are . This was disappointing because I find that having more voices sparks conversations and insights that wouldn’t happen without the presence of .
I am both a member of this community and marginalized demographic. I find it discouraging to not see my presence reflected in the speakers.
There are a variety of ways in which unintentional bias can lead to homogenous speakers at a conference. Mentioning diversity in calls for speakers, performing active outreach to marginalized groups, and encouraging new people to become speakers are all methods of increasing the effectiveness of recruitment.
It is necessary to take concrete steps to counteract bias in order to have a conference that reflects the strengths of our diverse community. For further information please check out which has a variety of resources to help organizers increase diversity