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Diversity in tech: Ally Skills

By Ruth
March 22 2017

Posted in Community

Most diversity and inclusion initiatives focus on changing the behaviour of targets of oppression, rather than allies.  We are super-excited to be supporting Valerie Aurora in Auckland for 2 events aimed at anyone in the tech community who wants to learn about ally skills.

Diversity and Inclusion in Tech Talk, 5:30pm 5th April

This is a free event, kindly hosted by AUT. Tech professionals, students, faculty and anyone with an interest in the topic is most welcome to attend. More information and registration for the tech talk is here.

Ally Skills Workshop, 5:30pm 6th April

This workshop is kindly hosted by Pushpay. Participants will learn techniques for people with societal advantages to support people who are targets of systemic oppression.  This is a ticketed event, for IT professionals the workshop is $150. For students/unwaged, it’s $10.

More information and registration for the workshop is here.

Please contact us if you would like to enquire about bulk tickets or scholarship tickets.  Proceeds from ticket sales will support running the events, and any surplus will be a donation to Summer of Tech, we’re a non-profit programme helping students and graduates enter the New Zealand IT industry, and working to build a more inclusive and welcoming tech sector here, too.

About Valerie

Valerie Aurora is a software engineer turned diversity and inclusion consultant. She is the founder of Frame Shift Consulting, which helps technology organisations build in-house expertise and leadership in diversity and inclusion. As lead author and a facilitator of the Ally Skills Workshop, she has taught thousands of people ally skills: simple, everyday ways for people who have more power and influence to support people with less. She co-founded the Ada Initiative and Double Union, non-profits supporting women in technology and the arts. Prior to that, she worked as a Linux kernel and file systems developer at Red Hat, IBM, Intel, and other companies.

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