NIME Conference Diversity Statement
Our goal is to create an inclusive and respectful conference environment that invites participation from people of all ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientations. The complete NIME Conference Diversity Statement can be found at: http://www.nime.org/diversity.
Our goal is to create an inclusive and respectful conference environment that invites participation from people of all ethnicities, countries of origin, gender identities and expressions, ages, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, physical appearances, body sizes, economic backgrounds, scholarly or professional backgrounds, employment, religions, and other differences.
The NIME Steering Committee, and the annual NIME organizers, are actively seeking to increase the diversity of our attendees, speakers, and sponsors through our calls for proposals, other open submission processes, and through dialogue with the larger communities we serve.
This is an ongoing process. We are talking to our program chairs, program committees, and various innovators, experts, and organizations about this goal and about ways they can help us achieve it.
In discussions, we can respect one another’s identities and experiences by:
- always waiting for a speaker to finish before you reply
- being sure to actively listen to others and not dominate discussion
- speaking from your own perspective and avoid making generalized claims of other identities
- acknowledging your own privileged position(s), and remaining open to receiving feedback that you may be unintentionally acting insensitively to others
We value diversity in the communities we bring together, and we welcome your contributions to bringing balanced representation of the richness of our collective human experience.
Here are some ways you can help us build a more diverse conference experience:
- Recommend diverse speakers and/or program committee members to the conference chairs (see program information)
- Forward our call for proposals to relevant affinity groups with the message that we are looking for a diverse speaker roster
- Circulate widely amongst colleagues including those from marginalized groups, and encourage students from underrepresented groups to participate
- Speak up when you see marginalization and intimidation, and offer feedback on NIME’s ongoing strategies for making the conference more welcoming and supportive
- Share your ideas and best practices for how we can realize our vision