Diversity and inclusion have become hot topics in technology, but you may not know how you can make a difference. However, this talk will help you understand that, no matter your background, you have privilege and can lend it to underrepresented groups in tech.


Privilege is access to societal and economic benefits based on characteristics you possess. The most well understood forms of privilege are birth privileges like racial, gender, and physical privilege, but there are also selected privileges like religion, education, and career.

This session will teach attendees how to lend their privilege to their fellow technologists. They will learn the various types of privilege lending including credibility lending (where you provide visibility to someone without privilege), access lending (where you provide access to someone without privilege), and expertise lending (where you provide a voice to someone without privilege). These different types of privilege lending will be illustrated through well known examples and an explanation of how they can be applied to the technology industry.


00:00 - 00:02 - The Diversity and Inclusion Challenge
00:02 - 00:04 - How Leonard Nimoy Lent His Privilege
00:04 - 00:06 - The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion
00:06 - 00:08 - The Difference Between Diversity and Inclusion
00:08 - 00:10 - The Need for a Revolution
00:10 - 00:12 - Understanding Privilege
00:12 - 00:16 - Credibility Lending and Your Team
00:16 - 00:20 - Access Lending and Your Team
00:20 - 00:24 - Expertise Lending and Your Team
00:24 - 00:28 - Why Inclusion Lets Everyone Win
00:28 - 00:30 - Close


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Excellent coverage of a challenging topic with plenty of concrete examples and suggestions on how we can each work towards real inclusivity.

Philip Sharp at 17:25 on 2 Aug 2019

Solid and thoughtful presentation. Examples helped to understand the ideas.

Ryan Consylman at 06:45 on 6 Aug 2019

Excellent topic, and covered so well.

Jordan Kasper at 12:17 on 18 Sep 2019

Passionate speaker with good background on the problem set and something actionable to take away.