I think more frequent/recurring(?) informal Zoom discussions would be helpful and productive. I would very much like to participate in such discussions whenever possible.
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Thanks for sharing Annie, and for adding to the conversation, Ryan.
In response to your question, Annie, Why do you think there are so few discussions of racism on this platform of SSMC? I think part of the reason is the format. It's hard to have an open, vulnerable conversation with a group of strangers over an email forum which primarily discusses technical shop matters (which is, of course, useful). I really enjoyed putting faces to names for the first time at the DANDI (Diversity and Inclusion) conference, but we didn't get the chance to do that at the larger SSMC conference, which was a webinar format. I left the DANDI conference feeling heartened that so many of us are thinking about inclusion, equity and diversity and working to make our shops more welcoming, but that is not something I would have thought was going on based on conversations on the forum. I admit, I'm a bit averse to internet forums because of trolling. Perhaps the DANDI committee could think about hosting more regular, open forums where anyone can gather to talk over Zoom or something? To me, beyond planning the conference, the most valuable aspects of serving on the committee have been the informal conversations we've had and the community of support we've built for each other. I would love to extend that to the larger SSMC committee in some way.
Ryan's question, What methods or approaches have others in the group developed in order to leverage their privilege to empower others? This could be a good prompt for conversation. ;)
Would folks be interested in informal Zoom discussions like this? Any other ideas?
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On Sat, Oct 10, 2020 at 6:44 PM Ryan D Mandell <rmandell@...> wrote: