Tech Circus statement on diversity & inclusion policy update in light of BLM


In light of recent events in the US and the Black Lives Matter movement, we have taken a step back to evaluate the way we plan and run our events. We realise that we are not perfect and can always strive to do better. We have always aimed to be as inclusive as possible at every event we run and we are now adopting an improved policy for sourcing speakers company wide. We will be transparent with our policy by posting it on our future event listings and aim to champion diversity within our industry.

We have now added a speaker application form to our website, where speakers outside of our network can submit their details to speak at our events. We particularly welcome applications from unrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds.

We know that in times like this it can be hard to know how we can help as individuals. This past week the team have been discussing what we as individuals can do for the movement. We know now that undoing systemic and ingrained racism starts with us. We need to unlearn, relearn, raise awareness, educate ourselves and those around us, sign petitions and financially support the BLM movement.

As this is an ongoing issue we think it is important that we keep the conversation going beyond this time to continue to better ourselves and the world that we live in.

We’ve also recently signed up to the Diversity Charter, with the promise that we will:

– Create a series of charitable events around diversity and inclusion
– Create an open application process to encourage speakers to apply from outside of our network
– Aim to create racially diverse speaker lineups

Thanks for reading,

TC


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