Diversity & Inclusion

Statement from the Diversity and Inclusion Chairs

The Diversity and Inclusion Chairs, as well as the entire organizing committee of TEI2021, are committed to provide a safe, non-discriminatory and harassment-free conference experience, starting from the moment of submission to the closing keynote. The Diversity and Inclusion chairs will also work closely with the Accessibility chair to make sure that participation in the conference, and a safe, positive conference experience is available to everyone. To do so, we will be following and enforcing the ACM Policy against harassment. This ACM policy supersedes any policy, supplemental guidelines or by-laws enacted or adopted by SIGCHI or this TEI 2021 conference concerning discrimination or harassment.

Questions, concerns and suggestions can be directed at diversity@tei.acm.org, or to either chair individually. However, should you have a concern that you do not feel comfortable sharing with the Diversity and Inclusion chairs, you can also report unacceptable behaviour to ACM directly. Concerns about ethical issues during the publication or reviewing process can be directed to the ACM Director of Publications

Attending TEI

We are all aware of the difficulty many researchers, academics, labs and universities face. Many of us had to cancel studies or even cannot access their labs. Moreover, we do not know how the travel situation is developing over the next few months. However, the current forced reinvention of the conference format has opened up possibilities for different forms of conference attendance, and we are looking forward to experimenting with hybrid forms of conference attendance where necessary. 

We are currently also working to offer substantial discounts to ACM Members from developing countries. If you are from a developing country and do not have an ACM membership yet, please review the special member rates for academics from developing countries. Furthermore, we would like to direct your attention towards the Gary Marsden Student Development Fund, aimed at sponsoring SIGCHI student members who are from and currently based in developing countries to attend HCI relevant conferences, and the ACM Women in Computing scholarship, which provides support for women undergraduate and graduate students in Computer Science and related programs to attend research Computer Science conferences. 

Diversity and Inclusion Lunch

The Diversity and Inclusion Lunch aims to highlight the work of diverse scholars, work aimed at increasing diversity and inclusion in computing and interaction, and to build and strengthen the networks of TEI attendees. During the lunch, we will hear from scholars from traditionally marginalised backgrounds, discuss issues of exclusion and strategies of inclusion, and have group discussions with attendees from academia, research and industry. 

The date, time and location of the D&I lunch is to be determined. You will be able to subscribe when registering for the conference. Naturally, it will also be possible to attend the D&I lunch virtually. 

Diversity & Inclusion Paper Awards

Like last year, we will be awarding the best papers that deal with diversity and inclusion. The Diversity and Inclusion chairs will select nominations from all accepted papers and pictorials. 

Concerns about Accessibility?

Please have a look at the Accessibility FAQ or contact Accessability Chair Georg Rigal at accessibility@tei.acm.org.

Diversity and Inclusion Chairs

Sara Nabil (she/her) is an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. Sara’s research interests focus on developing innovative interactive technology to support and empower people with disabilities and marginalized groups. Her aim is to support visible minorities, explore cultural-identities and galvanize the community to inspire and celebrate women of colour. Contact Sara by email sara.nabil [at] queensu.ca

Dorothé Smit (she/her) is a PhD student at the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Salzburg, Austria. Currently, she is working on a project that aims to increase participation of women*, girls* and other underrepresented groups in makerspaces. You can contact Dorothé directly by emailing dorothe.smit [at] sbg.ac.at