The Information Architecture Conference (IAC) is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment in which to gather, share, and grow as a community of students, academics, practitioners, and friends of the field of Information Architecture.
Ensuring that our community is as diverse and inclusive as possible takes planning, outreach, engagement, and hard work. It also requires a safe spaces where we can come together. It is the responsibility of everyone in the community to work towards its betterment, and it’s a responsibility the IA Institute (IAI) and IAC take seriously.
Here we’ll introduce our IAC19 Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) co-directors and describe some of the D&I initiatives we’re undertaking this year.
For the inaugural IAC, the Information Architecture Conference chairs made a point to create a co-directorship for Diversity & Inclusion.
Meet the IAC 2019 Diversity & Inclusion (D&I)
Pre-Conference D&I Survey
The D&I Co-Directors want to understand the kinds of experiences that you’ve had at the former IA Summit and at other industry events. We want your constructive feedback and recommendations. We want to know what marginalized or underrepresented groups we need to be working with more closely. Share your past conference experiences and your ideas for ensuring IAC diversity and inclusion in our short, 4-question survey:
IAC19 D&I Poll
The IAC leadership and especially the D&I Co-Directors want to better understand the makeup of the IAC community. This ~10-minute poll is based on the poll used by IAC (with a few additions) and will help us to track the evolution of our community over time. The poll is 100% voluntary and 100% anonymous.
Accessibility Accommodations for this Years Conference
For this year’s conference, the IAC Experience Committee has designated two volunteers to coordinate accessibility accommodations for conference participants and speakers. We’ve worked closely the venue by creating an accessibility checklist and completing a tour of the facility, vetting transportation transportation providers, and working with CART accessibility partners to promote an inclusive, accessible, and safe environment.
If you have any accessibility related concerns during this year’s conference, please reach to Michael Hardy (Diversity and Inclusive Co-Director) or an IAC volunteer.
IA Conference Scholarship Program
The IAC wants to make the conference more accessible to people of diverse backgrounds. Each year, the IA Conference Scholarship Program actively recruits and provides scholarships to students from backgrounds underrepresented at the IA Conference to assist them with attending the IA Conference and leadership positions within the IA community.
The Scholarship Program has three primary purposes:
- Nurture and sustain the professional development of our scholars.
- Establish a network of scholars who become mentors to other promising newcomers
- Support the information architecture and user experience design communities.
Each scholar will:
- Attend the IA Conference for 5 days and 4 nights at the conference hotel.
- Take part in a special pre-conference introductory workshop and welcome to the conference.
- Have access to peer mentoring and a large alumni network.