People living with disability aren't always obvious. You might meet these people, even work with them and not realize that they were disabled unless they told you. Some people with disabilities live in an in between state where they aren't fully disabled but have distinct experiential differences from those in better general health.
Living with chronic disease and disability can provide unexpected insights and cultivate skills of thought and action that might seem otherwise inaccessible. Too much emphasis on coping with symptoms of disease and disability in the name of work and career can create a false duality. Focusing on some narrow domain such as programming comes to seem like the best idea ever, until whatever was causing those symptoms evolves to send stronger messages that something's wrong. And then the sky starts falling. Human experience is broader than that and the best insights come from the most unexpected places. Don't box yourself in!
physical and mental health issues including unsuccessful surgery
Being Young, Gifted, Black, and Other Adjectives in the Gaming Industry critically analyzes the simple to complex issues that Blacks must address when transforming from game players to game developers. It is a candid talk about defying the Black community's ignorant opinions about technology development. More importantly, the talk vividly paints a picture on how Black game developers maneuver through the widely accepted stereotypes about the Black community to excel within the technology development community. The talk examines how the lack of diversity on development teams reinforces and perpetuates the stereotypes of Black and other minority communities. I discuss methods to diversify development teams to drastically improve the production value of a game product or service. Homogeneous development teams usually have limited perspectives about the world; therefore, a team member from a different ethnicity and/or culture can contribute to team with an unique perspective for evolving the gameplay or user experience. Most importantly, this talk lays out a solid blueprint for minorities and developers to actively work together to release strong, unique, and socially mature products and services.
Race and Race Relations
There is a very negative homogenized culture that accompanies a lot of the tech industry. In one word it is the "brogrammer", there are many aspects to this culture and I hope to explain my experiences of dealing with this mindset that is so dominant in tech. The culture is a learned behavior that starts at the university level and is carried on to the work environment. If you are a person who is not part of this culture you are generally going to be excluded from the industry as a whole. But if we want tech to be a truly inclusive space there needs to be acceptance for more than just the brogrammer mind set. We have to understand brogrammer culture from a sociological and anthropological perspective; if people who are not part of the culture are to survive in the tech industry.
How can we go from women not having presence, to being impactful in this industry? How can we go from finding just a handful of women in the industry to sharing it equally? How can we lean in together?
The hardest possible thing is to know what you don't know.
Its about time we confront our demons and identify the hidden bias buried within ourselves, that has been passed on very loudly at times, very subtly at times to generations and generations and generations to where we are today.
So our daughters and their daughters can indeed live in a society where men and women thrive together, instead of just dreaming about it. Let's talk.
The tech world can learn from social justice advocates such as myself to increase diversity. I’m a leader of a Gender Sexuality Alliance club from my Community College in rural Southern California. The movement to diversify tech has fallen short probably since the industry is not inclusive. I have experienced a similar environment coming from a conservative town but I survived by creating a GSA club and collaborating with a local LGBT Center all to support queer/trans* youth. Recently I graduated from a coding bootcamp. As a junior developer, I will draw from my social justice skills to critique and to improve the tech industry.