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Pledge to

ONLY speak at conferences when the speaker line-up is diverse.

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How to do this

Complete these steps by December 31

  1. 1

    When event organizers approach me to speak at their event, I will tell them about my pledge.

  2. 2

    I will ask "Who else is speaking? Does the line-up include people of color? How many?"

  3. 3

    If the organizers are struggling to find speakers outside their usual social networks, I will offer them my list of referrals and recommendations of people of color whom they may wish to invite to speak.

  4. 4

    When it is clear that the speaker line-up is diverse, then I will agree to participate.

This pledge closed about 3 years ago

How this will help

It is normal and routine for the speakers at conferences and panels to be all white or disproportionately white - even at events dedicated to empowerment or social change.

It's on those of us who...

It is normal and routine for the speakers at conferences and panels to be all white or disproportionately white - even at events dedicated to empowerment or social change.

It's on those of us who benefit from this selection bias to change it.

We can change this by refusing to participate as speakers at events where the other speakers are all or disproportionately white.

It's only when we require change that change happens. Let's pledge to make it happen.

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