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Thursday, March 18 2021
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Equity Talks @SIGCHI

ET#2: Making SIGCHI Accessible — March 18, 1600 GMT (in your time zone) Zoom/

As the SIGCHI Executive Committee (EC) nears the end of its current term, we are putting together a series of community-facing roundtable sessions that we’re calling Equity Talks. These will aim to discuss and summarize a number of equity issues that shape the workings of the EC and the SIGCHI community at large, circling us back to our commitment to listen, reflect, act, and represent made in June 2020:

The task that lies before us is one of weaving equity, inclusion, and solidarity into each of our scholarly and professional activities\, so that “diversity and inclusion” are not add-ons, but deeply integrated into our every practice, whether it involves conference processes, volunteering responsibilities, or global community support mechanisms.

The work of listening, reflecting, acting, and representing has certainly begun, as is apparent from SIGCHI president Helena Mentis’ end-of-year report, and we have learned that these processes must be interwoven and continuous. Thus, our upcoming Equity Talks will continue where our Ask-Me-Anything sessions (in August-December 2020) left off. These Talks will be semi-curated, semi-structured, hour-long roundtable discussions, aimed at advancing the conversation on many of the concerns that our community members have voiced. Our goal is as much to foster awareness around concerns on these issues as it is to summarize them so that the new EC might be assisted in taking these on.

The second session is on Making SIGCHI Accessible, and invites members with lived experience of disability to join SIGCHI EC Adjunct Chairs for Accessibility (Soraia Prietch and Stacy Branham) in conversation. Together, we will unpack the past, present, and future of accessibility in SIGCHI. We will pay special attention to systemic ableism (e.g., barriers to virtual conference participation), values in prioritizing change, (e.g., intersectionality and global equity), and our visions for an anti-ableist SIGCHI. The questions we will pose are as follows:

Some of us from the EC will be hosts, we are inviting you all as guest contributors to this discussion, and we will also invite more folks to participate.* Please publicize these sessions widely. We will share recordings (with SLI and captions) and summaries once the sessions are completed. We are looking into possibilities for asynchronous continuation of the dialogue.

We will add more information below as we go along:

Read our Code of Conduct (courtesy Cale Passmore) and Accessibility requests for the audience (courtesy our ACs for Accessibility).

Join us! And we’d love to hear your thoughts!

Neha Kumar & Shaowen Bardzell (VPs at Large)
Adriana S. Vivacqua & Vinoba Vinayagamoorthy (ACs for Equity)
Stacy Branham & Soraia Prietch (ACs for Accessibility)
Theresa Tanenbaum (VP Publications)
On behalf of the SIGCHI Executive Committee

*We thank Cale Passmore and Miriam Sturdee for their help with moderating and documenting.
**We also thank Yolanda Rankin for organizing this session for/with us

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