More-Inclusive Meetings


We’ve written a lot here at ProfHacker about making meetings and conferences better. Recently, I came across this list from University of Michigan Department of Human Resources, 10 Tips for Inclusive Meetings. The list is great for both meetings and conferences, and includes issues of accessibility and inclusion.

While it lists ensuring inclusive bathrooms, as well as requesting special accessibility needs well in advance in multiple formats, it doesn’t mention anything about preferred pronouns. I also appreciated that the list makes explicit the inclusion of off-site participants.

The list also doesn’t say to make clear what kind of meeting or conference this is, in terms of openness/transparency and purpose. Is this an event with an open hashtag to share ideas or is a brainstorming/iterative event where participants feel safe to experiment and fail?

It’s good to see an HR department providing this kind of guidance to conference/meeting organizers on campus. It can be something we all learn from when organizing an event.

Does your campus have a list like this? What elements would you add?

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