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Sharyn Holmes

“One of the challenges that happens in the online space, we say how we want to identify and people want to question that. As though that’s so hard to wrap someone’s head around that someone can choose how they want to identify.”

 

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Sharyn Holmes is a biracial Asian Australian. Not for the faint of heart, Sharyn’s work dives deep into social justice, spirituality and personal sovereignty.
Sharyn works as a consultant and coach to clients in the spiritual, online business, creative and wellness industries on anti-racism & conscious business strategy guiding them to cultivate an anti-racist identity.
She disrupts spiritual business and entrepreneurial spaces with #dearselfstyledguru letters calling for better
 representation, equity and inclusion for Black, Indigenous and Womxn of Colour.
She teaches people through her workshops and programs, Unpack Your Privilege, Gut Instinct and the program

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If you’re silent about your pain, they will kill you and say that you enjoyed it

“So you have these intentions, but without strategy it’s chaos. It doesn’t do anything and in many cases it harms the very people you’re trying to include.” @KimCrayton1

If you’re silent about your pain, they will kill you and say that you enjoyed it ~ Zora Neale Hurston

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston

“If you want that good feeling that comes from doing things for other folks then you have to pay for it in abuse and misunderstanding.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston

“Those that don’t got it, can’t show it. Those that got it, can’t hide it.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston

“Learning without wisdom is a load of books on a donkey’s back.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston

“I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston

“Once you wake up thought in a man, you can never put it to sleep again.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston

“Through it all, I remain myself.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston

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Shanise Barona

“I’m thinking of all the other people that think that my presence in this community and this space in this organization is a stamp on this is also safe for you.”

Image of Shanise BaronaShanise is a web developer and community builder with a passion for where tech and social justice intersect.

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All music for the #causeascene podcast is composed and produced by Chaos, Chao Pack, and Listen on SoundCloud

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Mel Stanfill

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

Image of Mel StanfillMel 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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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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All music for the #causeascene podcast is composed and produced by Chaos, Chao Pack, and Listen on SoundCloud

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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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All music for the #causeascene podcast is composed and produced by Chaos, Chao Pack, and Listen on SoundCloud