Facets: Issue 46

November 19, 2017

Disrupt or adapt

Nina Danjuma
"I'd lived 23 years doing my thing, knowing I had to work twice as hard as my non-ethnic counterparts, but it still didn’t really click."

For Danjuma, "to adapt" is to be weak, to settle and accept that apologies are not forthcoming. As the advertising industry finds itself at a revolutionary juncture, Danjuma's piece serves to acknowledge how exhausting it is to disrupt— to speak up, to educate, to push back— but also how overwhelmingly necessary, especially now.

Founders, Lose Some Skin — Make Inclusion Personal

Dara Songye
What solution would you give to guilt to transform itself into a beneficial action (that you now can perform repeatedly, as a healing practice)? This the first step, and what it means to do our "inner work."

After spending two years operationally supporting three different founders across four startups, Songye offers practical guidance for other founders. There are five points from which concrete action can be taken and momentum built towards inclusive companies— but only once the founder's skin is in the game.

What’s the difference between diversity, inclusion, and equity?

Meg Bolger
If we aren't clear on the words and ideas, how will we be clear on the solutions?

The words "diversity","inclusion", and "equity" are often used interchangeably. Bolger, via a series of thought experiments, challenges us: can you define each distinct term? After all, without knowing what the words even mean, and how they relate to each other, we can’t expect to meaningfully address the problems surrounding them.

I Don't Do Non-Technical Talks

Kim Crayton
[without] expanding how we define "technical" beyond programming, it becomes much more challenging for individuals with equally important skills to establish themselves as experts

When a CFP asks a potential speaker to define their talk as "technical" or not, it's an implicit judgment of the talk's value, and the value we place on that speaker’s expertise. Crayton describes the impacts of that assumption, and questions why it exists to begin with.

What Happens When You Have No One to Look Up To?

Herry Pierre-Louis
this lack of minority representation leads to an even more significant lack of minority mentorship.

It goes without saying that role models are critical, especially for underrepresented minorities; a long-term lack of mentors can only exacerbate tech’s diversity problem. Pierre-Louis details where and how to search out a mentor, as well as providing with a few sample areas of improvement and focus once we do

Also...

Twitter - Amy Wibowo @sailorhg

Read this thread by Amy Wibowo for some harsh truths on why we're just fine with minority folks— as long as they're not promoted above us: Wibowo says that, "despite my degrees & experience, to many white men in tech I am a perpetual beginner. welcome, but as a perpetual beginner"

Watch this twelve-minute feature on Detroit’s Equal Internet Initiative, a group of people building their own wireless networks in an effort to undermine digital class systems and provide the community with affordable internet. Part of Vice’s Dear Future documentary series.

Use this inclusive design checklist to ensure your projects account for accessibility, performance, device support, interoperability, and language across the board!



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