SameSport.Arkansas Launch & Panel: Sports as a Tool for Social Change (University of Arkansas)

University of Arkansas: SameSport.Arkansas Launch & Panel: Sports as a Tool for Social Change. “SameSport-Arkansas is an inclusive two-sided community marketplace that makes it easier for people with disabilities to find accessible sports and activities in the area. A one-stop online database, samesport.org, hosts a curated user-friendly database with search filters (sports, inclusivity, level, age, disability, availability online), and description of each location with photos, price and schedule.”

Spotted via Reddit: PixAll

Spotted via Reddit: PixAll. From the announcement: “PixAll was actually born of frustration. I noticed how often I got invited to diversity and inclusion panels but so rarely to game design ones…. So I decided to create a database that all of us can share with non-marginalized people, hopefully answering the questions they’d ask us and letting us focus on the fun part – making and playing games!” There are links here as well as articles, people to follow on social media, useful groups, etc. Plenty of useful information though I think I would have organized and presented it differently.

The Next Web: Become a sentient AI on the run from your evil ex in this ‘radically inclusive’ management game

The Next Web: Become a sentient AI on the run from your evil ex in this ‘radically inclusive’ management game. “A Long Journey to an Uncertain End is an upcoming strategy management game from recently-founded studio Crispy Creative. I’ve had my hands on a demo for the past few weeks and I can sincerely say it’s my most anticipated game of the year. The game (we’ll call it ALJ for short) is a gorgeous mashup of space opera, crew/time management, and deep storytelling. It’s set in a far future that conjures up Firefly, Cowboy Bebop, and The 5th Element in equal parts while also revealing a completely original world.”

Nature: How to include Indigenous researchers and their knowledge

Nature: How to include Indigenous researchers and their knowledge. “Although racial-justice initiatives around the world have sparked a renewed focus on the need to recruit and retain more people from minority ethnic groups in STEM, Indigenous researchers — and Indigenous knowledge — remain at risk of being overlooked. Nature spoke to four Indigenous academic scientists about the challenges these early-career researchers face, and how scientists can respectfully and effectively bring together traditional knowledge and Western science.”

Cultivating Creativity: New hiring database aims to stamp out systemic racism in Canadian film and TV (St. Thomas Times-Journal)

St. Thomas Times-Journal: Cultivating Creativity: New hiring database aims to stamp out systemic racism in Canadian film and TV. “Filmmaker Chanda Chevannes is used to being the only woman of colour in a room of predominantly white men when pitching a documentary. She’s not alone. While change is slowly being made towards increased diversity, Black, Indigenous and creative People of Colour (BIPOC) have for years faced barriers of racism and exclusion. The new… website, an industry-wide roster of Canadian BIPOC creatives and crew working in screen-based industries, including film, television and digital, is out to challenge that.”

American Alliance of Museums: How to Start an Accessibility Movement at Your Museum

American Alliance of Museums: How to Start an Accessibility Movement at Your Museum. “Like many institutions, in the last few years we at the NC Maritime Museum at Southport have begun to understand the importance of inclusive and accessible programming. We rolled out our ‘Sensory Saturday’ program in January 2019, introduced inclusive internships in June 2019, and were designated as the first Certified Autism Center in the State of North Carolina in March 2020. Almost a year and a half into this process, we feel, as an institution, that it is important to share tips and tricks we learned along the way.”

Chronicle of Higher Education: What Does a College Student Look Like? Stock Images From the Quad Are Getting an Update.

Chronicle of Higher Education: What Does a College Student Look Like? Stock Images From the Quad Are Getting an Update.. “For decades, a disproportionate number of stock images have portrayed the experience of one kind of student: the 18- to 22-year-old attending a residential four-year college. But all those fresh-faced kids on tree-shaded quads are, in fact, the minority. (Did you know that only about 15 percent of undergraduates live in campus dorms?) Now, more than ever, some higher-education experts say, the world needs to see more images of students who fit a different description.”

Activities to Activism: New Diversity & Inclusion Website for BU and Boston (BU Today)

BU Today: Activities to Activism: New Diversity & Inclusion Website for BU and Boston. “Other news-you-can-use features on the site include a Curated, Crowdsourced, Cultural Guide to Boston, which proves, among other things, that you can’t accuse [Boston University’s Diversity & Inclusion office] of rejecting advice. About 45,000 BU students and employees were consulted in assembling this catalog of 250-and-growing items from ethnic restaurants, houses of worship, and cultural outlets to activist groups confronting racism and LGBTQIA prejudice. Oh, and landmarks like the Arnold Arboretum.”

Marie Claire: Lyda Hill Philanthropies Launches the IF/THEN Collection to Educate About Women In STEM

Marie Claire: Lyda Hill Philanthropies Launches the IF/THEN Collection to Educate About Women In STEM. “The online resource features photos and videos of more than 125 female STEM change-makers selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Lyda Hill Philanthropies to be IF/THEN ambassadors. The diverse group of women, who represent a range of backgrounds, will serve as role models for young women interested in the sciences and technology.”

PinkNews: Queer Black students are being failed by universities. This non-binary academic has a plan to change that

PinkNews: Queer Black students are being failed by universities. This non-binary academic has a plan to change that . “Queer Black students are being failed by UK universities, says Melz Owusu, who has a plan to decolonise the system. Owusu, a 25-year-old decolonial theorist and activist about to embark on a PhD at Cambridge, is the architect of the Free Black University, a plan to ‘redistribute knowledge’ among Black students with the needs of those who are also queer and trans at its very heart.”

Wake Forest University: Do virtual meetings level the playing field for diverse voices?

Wake Forest University: Do virtual meetings level the playing field for diverse voices?. “Decades of research have shown that diverse organizations are more engaged and able to develop creative solutions to problems. The more diverse voices in the room, the more likely meaningful innovation will happen. But diversity is not the same as inclusion. Not everyone attending a meeting feels empowered to share their best ideas or offer opinions they feel the group may not want to hear. Can virtual meetings level the playing field? Not usually.”

NBC News: Current and ex-employees allege Google drastically rolled back diversity and inclusion programs

NBC News: Current and ex-employees allege Google drastically rolled back diversity and inclusion programs. “Since 2018, internal diversity and inclusion training programs have been scaled back or cut entirely, four Google employees and two people who recently left the company told NBC News in interviews. In addition, they said, the team responsible for those programs has been reduced in size, and positions previously held by full-time employees have been outsourced or not refilled after members of the diversity teams left the company.”