Beyond Diversity 101: Learning from the Perspectives of People with Disabilities in Tech, Free Webinar Opportunity

“When you're at a space where you feel you belong you feel empowered to be a part of the success of that company. When you're on an island it's hard to succeed.”

-Tiffany Yu, Founder, Diversability

Are you dedicated to your company’s diversity efforts and advocating for a culture of genuine workplace inclusion for people of all identities and abilities? What could you do with an insider’s perspective on best practices for inclusive hiring and retention strategies? On Tuesday, August 22nd, from 2-3:30 pm PST, The Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University invites recruiters, managers, human resource professionals, and disabled people in tech to join our free webinar “Beyond Diversity 101: Learning from the Perspectives of People with Disabilities in Tech.” Sporting purple hair and glasses, Ian Smith sits at his office typing on a laptop.“There’s this trend in the industry of diversity and tech conversations either leaving out disability altogether or mentioning it as a bullet point but nobody knows yet what to do or where to go.” - Ian Smith, Software Engineer, PlanGird

Over the past decade, the tech industry as a whole has come under close scrutiny for a general lack of diversity. Companies have stepped up their efforts to recruit and support the talent of women, people of color and LGBTQ+ professionals. Yet, disability, which affects roughly 1 in 5 people in many forms, is still missing from the majority of discussions and initiatives on inclusion.

“Beyond Diversity 101” is a culminating product of The Students for Access Project, an initiative centered on the belief that personal stories of a variety of disabled people’s lived experiences is vital to advancing social equity.

We will present our findings after a summer of interviews with tech industry professionals working primarily in the Bay Area who shared stories of success and stigma, of barriers and breakthroughs.

“I try to keep it in my mind that not only am I a triple minority, I am also a triple threat because that means I get to bring in three unique perspectives that often aren’t discussed or considered in tech.”

–Eboni Freeman,  Associate Account Strategist, Google

By allowing the stories of people with disabilities building their careers in tech to guide us, we can all learn what practices have led to their success and what work is yet to be done. Based on the accumulation of voices heard in our interviews, The Longmore Institute on Disability has developed valuable recommendations for the tech industry.  For those invested in supporting prospective hires, coworkers and employees with disabilities, this opportunity will offer takeaway recommendations on recruitment, retention and company growth.

We are so excited to share what we have learned.

To join us, please RSVP.  This webinar is captioned and slides will be audio described. Blind participants are encouraged to use the call-in number as the webinar platform is not yet compatible with all screen readers.