My forthcoming and recent speaking events
Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association Conference
I presented at the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association (ACRAWSA) Conference. My paper was titled, ‘The Rest of You Can Go Next: Using Intersectionality in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Programs.’ This is my abstract:
This paper addresses the racial silences that women of colour navigate when developing and managing equity, diversity and inclusion programs. I draw on a critical autobiography of memory and trauma (Thompson and Tyagi 1996), analysing the impact of my career on my life as a woman of colour. Of my two-decades working as a sociologist, I’ve spent 14 years employed across public service, not-for-profit, and consultancy contexts. I reflect on the evolution of managerialism, which is increasingly eager to be seen as responsive to intersectionality, whilst remaining hostile to anti-racism (Ahmed 2017). I outline the barriers, negotiation and resistance strategies used when delivering public programs intended to serve marginalised communities, whilst simultaneously challenging racism, sexism and other workplace discrimination. I show how intersectionality is deployed in corporate branding, and the impact of diluting the race component of intersectionality from ‘equity, diversity and inclusion’ programs. Intersectionality provides a critical framework for exploring how race and gender simultaneously impact legal, economic and other institutional outcomes (Crenshaw 1989). These dynamics are disparately experienced by Aboriginal women and femmes, other Black people, and other migrants (Bottomley, de Lepervanche and Martin 1991; Collins and Bilge 2016; Moreton-Robinson 2000). Here, I focus on the racial, gendered and mental health costs of delivering social change.
I’ll be on a panel at the Science Pathways: Diversify Your Thinking conference on 23 April 2018, in Brisbane. The panel is titled, ‘Making Science Inclusive.’ I will speak alongside Ms Kimberly Olsen, Ms Rachel Ranton, Dr Andrew Siebel. The panel is facilitated by Dr Carly Rosewarne. From the conference website:
Discussions around how to improve diversity in science are often centred on ways to encourage those from underrepresented demographics to consider career paths in STEM. To ensure success, these well-intentioned initiatives need to be underpinned by effective policy and ongoing support to ensure individuals are given an equal opportunity to thrive. In this session, the concept of inclusive science will be explored from the perspective of EMCRs, with examples of best practice from academia and industry.
I’ll be speaking on a panel at the Tech Inclusion Melbourne Conference on 13 February 2018. The panel is led by UX Lead for ANZ, Cory-Ann Joseph, and also features UX designer Danya Azzopardi. The panel is titled: We’ve got a time machine, now what are we going to do with it?
How can the tech industry in Australia avoid the same and chart a different course for the future?
I’ll be at Kiwi Foo Camp on 2-4 March 2018, held in Auckland, New Zealand. I plan to talk about practical steps to boost equity, diversity an intersectionality… or how to end sexual harassment. More details to follow after the event!
About the event
(From the event website) 150 people, two days, no agenda, Kiwi Foo Camp is a private gathering of people who are building the future. Invitations are extended to those doing interesting work in fields such as neuroscience, Internet applications, psychology, open source programming, art, business, education, physics, politics, and all manner of interesting science and technology. They network, share their works in progress, and find new partners for collaboration. Past events have seen attendees form companies, change the legislative agenda, kick-off scientific research, and launch new international careers
Note: Unfortunatley, Kiwi Foo is a closed event.
Diversity in STEM
I’m giving a talk on Diversity in STEM, at the AMSI Summer School, which is being held at Monash University on Thursday 18 January from 12:45 pm-2 pm.
I will provide background on the data and issues affecting diversity in Australia, and then join a panel discussion with
- Ailie Gallant (ARC DECRA Fellow in the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment.
- Sarah Jabbari, postdoc in the School of Maths.
- Sevvandi Kandanaarachchi, Research Fellow, Mathematical Sciences.
Note: The event is closed to AMSI Summer School students.
(From the event organisers) The New Zealand Association of Scientists is pleased to welcome Dr Zuleyka Zevallos to New Zealand, for a special discussion of how to improve equity and increase diversity in research communities. The event is free to the public. We invite you to join us.
Dr Zuleyka Zevallos will then be joined by the following panelists: Prof Anita Brady; Di Tracey; Izzy O’Neill; A/Prof Joanna Kidman; and Prof Richard Blaikie.