Supporting people is just as important as protecting our planet. You can’t focus on the planet unless you focus on people. Thinking about people and planet has brought our team together to start the discussions of social equity amongst ourselves and out in our community. We have started asking questions of hosting organization on their efforts of inclusivity and taking action towards social equity. During our recent #MeetGreenChat we talked about social equity and posed questions to help all of us start taking action. Here are some of the highlights to the discussions.
How are you supporting different business classifications and/or supporting local businesses when selecting vendors? (example classifications: WBE, DBE, veteran owned, minority owned, environmental)
When it comes to attendee accessibility, how will you accommodate these needs? (accessibility needs, assistive listening device, closed captioning, translator, nursing room, prayer room)
To accommodate a diverse set of speakers, what are some examples of guidelines you could put in place?
For underrepresented attendees with financial barriers what types of financial assistance could be offered?
Do you plan to communicate your diversity/inclusion initiatives to attendees pre-event, onsite, and post-event? (scholarships, call for speakers, post-event template to take back to work places or organizations)
How could it be helpful to include diversity information during the registration process from your participants?
How do you plan to represent diversity when creating signage, communications, social media posts, website etc.? (gender dominant language, inclusive representation)
What are some actions you can put in place to accommodate those with technology accessibility challenges?
How does making content available online after an event benefit all attendees?
What are some examples of how you could incorporate inclusivity in a code of conduct?
What one initiative will your organization focus on in 2021?
Thank you to everyone who joined in the discussion! For all of the answer go to the #MeetGreenChat feed on Twitter. Our next chat is on 6/9/21! See you there!