Frequently Asked Questions

Questions

Do I need to attend each session?

Nope! While you are invited to participate in each session we understand that most people can’t dedicate three entire days to this symposium. Feel free to pick and choose whatever sessions are most relevant to you.

Will conversations be recorded?

Yes. Conversations will be recorded and live on this site post-symposium. 

Is this the right event for me?

If you already understand why promoting racial equity & inclusion in workforce development is important and are committed to doing so then yes, this is the right event for you.

Can multiple people for the same organization attend?

Absolutely! We just ask that you each register so that all participants are able to complete a pre & post-symposium evaluation.

Will the scheduler automatically factor in what time zone I am in when displaying the schedule?

Yes! Once you register and access the schedule, it will automatically show you times reflective of the time zone you are in. 

What if I have a question or need help?

Feel free to email the lead organizer for the symposium, Ozy Aloziem at oaloziem@denverlibrary.org

Do I *HAVE* to complete the survey?

We believe in your agency as an individual and are not going to force you to do anything. However, we would be forever grateful if you did. Completing the survey helps us understand the impacts of this event and contributes to the admittedly lacking body of equity, diversity & inclusion research. So by completing the survey you help us and help contribute to the field. Win-win! *Also* you will be receiving a survey immediately after the event and one a little bit later on. Please, please PLEASE complete these as well :)

Will you be utilizing progressive stacking? What is progressive stacking?

Progressive stacking is a technique intended to give marginalized voices a chance to speak, particularly in an environment where there is a dominant group. What this means is if you choose to self identify as belonging to a marginalized racial or ethnic group and you’d like to ask a question or make a comment in chat you can choose to include an asterisk at the start of your question. Our community moderators will be compiling questions during the sessions and will prioritize those with an asterisk. You, of course, aren’t required to self identify, it’s just an option. If you’d like to know more about progressive stacking as a way of elevating marginalized voices I encourage you to look it up here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressive_stack

What are the expectations of participants when engaging in the event?

Our symposium is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We expect you not to assume the pronouns of participants and to respect the pronouns indicated. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Symposium participants violating these rules will be removed from the session at the discretion of the symposium organizers.

Is closed captioning available?

Unfortunately, we are no longer able to provide live closed captioning. But, it will be available for all of the recorded sessions after they are posted. 

What if I have any other accessibility needs?

Feel free to email the lead organizer for the symposium, Ozy Aloziem at oaloziem@denverlibrary.org

What else should I know?

The majority of the breakout sessions & workouts will have some pre-work. Three days prior to the kick-off of the event, participants who are registered for sessions for that day will receive an email including videos of each of the panelists as well as any materials they’d like you to peruse prior to the session. Please review this pre-work so that you are able to fully engage in each session. Included in this email will also be a link to submit questions to the panelists. You are definitely able to submit questions in real-time during the session but this will allow you the opportunity to get some of those questions in before the event start.