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Being Mindful


Our commitment is not harm the bubups (children) of Bundjil, and to do this by understanding our ways of knowing, our ways of doing, and our ways of being on place. ServDes.2020 is dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming and respectful conference experience for everyone.

In keeping with our principles and values for Respecting Kulin Nation and Diversity and Inclusion, all on-site and online attendees are asked to be mindful of these guidelines.

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We welcome people of all backgrounds, experiences and fields.

•    Be kind, patient and mindful of differences (of any kind) and technical constraints (such as internet access, camera availability, etc)
•    Enter our spaces to listen deeply and participate with respect. We are all on a learning journey.
•    Please do not interrupt or spoil the presentation in progress by distracting other attendees.
•    Please be careful in your choice of words and endeavour to make your expressions and languages inclusive.
•    Please do not judge or trivialise others and phrase any critiques respectfully with constructive advice.
•    Please avoid generalisations as much as possible by anchoring your perspectives in direct experiences or personal observation, such as “I have observed designers do…” rather than “Designers are…”.
•    Please create accessible sessions by describing any images for those who cannot see them and speak clearly at a moderate speed.

These guidelines extend to all social media platforms associated with ServDes.2020 conference and online interactions.

•    On the online conference platform, please do not interrupt the Chair or the Speakers while they are talking but alert your concerns in the chat or raise your hand in the participants window for a Volunteer or Facilitator to respond.
•    Please use the chat window to ask questions.
•    Please avoid GIFs (especially animated ones) in the chat window.
•    If you are in logging on from a shared room/venue, please be aware that others may hear you, and we may hear them.
•    Mute your microphone during the sessions, and if possible, use headphones in a quiet space without background noise.
•    Please do not screen or audio record any sessions or presentation you are attending. Any recordings will be made by the organisers through prior notice and consent.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff and volunteers can be visibly identified with what their clothing / lanyards.

What is harassment?

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
•    Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination [related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, technology choices, [your specific concern here].
•    Sexual images in public spaces
•    Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following  
•    Harassing photography or recording
•    Sustained disruption of talks or other events
•    Inappropriate physical contact
•    Unwelcome sexual attention
•    Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour

Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, event organisers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers. Organisers will be encouraging these guidelines throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers.