Community Guiding Principles 2018
Why create guiding principles?
The ILiADS model of hybrid faculty, student, and staff teams involves collaboration, intellectual generosity, and thoughtful communication. The Institute often highlights questions of institutional power and position, authorship, and labor, and this year we pay particular attention to the ways these questions can inform the future of the liberal arts. ILiADS18 has a thematic focus on “decentering,” whether it’s shifting discourses, methods, entrenched ideas, or whose voices and lives are represented. This conversation necessarily involves challenging conversations about race, class, labor, gender, sexuality, religion, ability, and other social categories that transect personal experiences of individuals among our community.
To this end, organizers will not tolerate offensive expressions related to race and ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, religion, nationality, immigration status, previous ILiADS experience, lack of data or computing experience, or sexual images that are unrelated to intellectual inquiry.
This document is open to revision, adaptation, and further deliberation by the ILiADS Steering Committee and community.
We expect participants to uphold these principles at all Institute locations, including dorms, and on social media:
- Rather than assume a person’s appearance is related to a particular set of values or experiences, ask for clarification when needed. Respect an individual’s right not to disclose their personal experiences or speak on behalf of a group (e.g., speak for an ethnicity, race, religion, geographic region, sexual orientation or gender, etc.)
- Ask for clarification of name pronunciation and pronouns in new group settings from everyone. Respect ways of speaking about gender identity that may be new or challenging for you, such as people who prefer no pronouns or pronouns other than “she” and “he.” Practice using people’s names and pronouncing them correctly.
- If you are uncomfortable about how you or someone else is being treated, or how groups of people are being discussed or represented, say something. Trust that you are in a supportive environment and expect your concerns to be taken seriously.
- If someone calls you out for offensive behavior, stay calm, listen, and seek to understand their perspective. If you have questions about any of these guidelines or wish to discuss them further, please contact one of the conference organizers.
ILiADS will not tolerate deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, online bullying, sustained disruption of talks or other events, physical contact without consent, and unwelcome sexual attention.
- If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact one of the conference organizers to report the incident immediately. ILiADS organizers can help participants contact campus safety or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.
- Institute participants who harass may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the event organizers without reimbursement. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
- Please don’t hesitate to contact any volunteer or one of the organizers at any time if you have any questions or concerns.
(Some items adapted from the Brown Datathon Code of Conduct by way of LA County Arts Datathon)
(Inspired by DLF Code of Conduct - looks like Brown Datathon was adapted from DLF)