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Mel Stanfill

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“When you are used to being dominant, equality looks like a loss.”

Mel Stanfill is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in Texts and Technology and Games and Interactive Media at the University of Central Florida. Stanfill holds a PhD in Communications and Media from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Stanfill’s research interrogates how the relationship between media industries and their audiences in the Internet era is shaped by labor, intellectual property law, consumption, heteronormativity, and whiteness, and has appeared in venues such as New Media and Society, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and Cinema Journal.

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On the Invention of whiteness:

Black Internet Studies:

Intersectionality:

Safiya Umoja Noble

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Mel Stanfill

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Sage Sharp

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“I took an electronics class and there was a particular class of problems where they said: this is not the right formula to use, but we use it because it’s easy to understand. It’s like searching where the light’s good. So, we know specific things about diversity and inclusion that make sense and we keep going back to those things. But those aren’t necessarily the things that are going to solve the bigger problem. If we keep searching where the light is good, if we keep searching where we feel comfortable, then we’re never gonna find the right answer.”

Sage Sharp is the founder of Otter Tech, which provides diversity and inclusion consulting. They provide training and advice around Code of Conduct enforcement. They are also a co-coordinator for Outreachy. Outreachy is a paid, remote internship program that pairs open source mentors with people from under-represented groups in tech. Sage has over 10 years experience in open source, and is the author of the Linux kernel USB 3.0 driver.

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Juliana Gomez

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“It happens In a lot of 3rd world developing countries that we’re doing the same work as an American engineer or a Canadian engineer and we get paid way less…For example, a lot of my friends work for US clients…the companies who build this product are paying US dollars to build this product and then we get paid a fraction of it.”

Juliana is a Colombian-Canadian software engineer living in Colombia. She’s currently focusing on JavaScript, accessibility and community building. One of the leaders of Pioneras Developers, Medellin’s largest community for womxn in tech, and an organizer of JSConf Colombia, Juliana believes that the key to happiness is that feeling of belonging that you get from getting involved. As an advocate for web accessibility, Juliana believes the web has incredible potential to be the great equalizer – she dreams of a web where everyone can contribute and participate.

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Amanda Johnson

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“You need to emphasize [for white people] to listen to people of color and black women and brown women. You are not the expert, you are amplifying the expert.”

Amanda Johnson is a fairly average suburban white woman. She works in education tech, is a single mom to an “ausome” seven-year-old, and has only been learning (like, REALLY learning) about racism and white supremacy since November 2016. Though she suffers from both hero worship and foot-in-mouth syndrome, Amanda also possesses a genuine desire to do better and a sort of snarky charm that help many people find her just north of tolerable.      

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Karen Fleshman, Esq

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“And that’s why black women are like ‘Peace. Out. I’m Done!’ The fastest growing entrepreneurial group in America they’re like ’Y’all are crazy, like who want’s to deal with this?!?”

Karen Fleshman Esq. is an attorney, activist, and a nationally recognized expert on racism, feminism, workplace fair practices, police brutality, and politics.

Working in nonprofits and local government, Karen came to understand that racism is the underlying problem in our society.

In 2014, Karen founded Racy Conversations, a training company, to inspire the first antiracist generation.

She gives talks and facilitates workshops at companies throughout the United States on unconscious bias, micro aggressions, sexual harassment, and raising antiracist children. Her clients include the Sierra Club, the Wikimedia Foundation, Yahoo, Sony, Xero, Salesforce, Upwork, and KARGO. She blogs for Huffington Post, Moguldom, and Blavity, and is a Medium Top Voice on Racism, Feminism, and Politics.

Karen dedicates much of her time to police accountability activism and serves on the workgroup overseeing implementation of the United States Department of Justice recommendations on ending bias at the San Francisco Police Department. She was arrested four times at the US Senate protesting the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Karen is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, the University of Texas at Austin, and New York Law School, and is admitted to practice law in New York.

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John Edward Lawson

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“At it’s core [supremacy] means that men and whites are basically incapable. They have to have all these blacks and women propping them up. They have to have us beneath them. And they are so cynical about their own inability to compete, to be self-sufficient, that they won’t even hear of trying.”

John Edward Lawson is the author of 16 books of fiction and poetry. He has been called “the forgotten black man of horror,” but he also regularly publishes in other genres. His poems, short fiction, and books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Stoker Award (finalist, 2006) and the Wonderland Award (finalist, 2007). The former editor-in-chief of The Dream People online literary journal John now serves as editor of Raw Dog Screaming Press/Dog Star Books.

From a young age John has cultivated his interest in the arts and media. As part of a pioneering media arts public school program in the late 1980s he was part of projects that garnered nationwide attention, and served as audio engineer on an award winning interview with Civil Rights Movement leader Dr. James Farmer, Jr. During the 1990s John was a musician and professional audio engineer, and his forthcoming Rage Inducer double album focuses on the subject of genocide. He has been involved in the production of numerous short films, including award winners Party Girl and Uberman: An Experiment in Consciousness. Director Jayson Densman has collaborated with John for years spawning a trilogy derived from his poetry.

Currently John is vice president of Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction, and travels the country speaking on issues of diversity and inclusion in the arts.

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