NAACL 2019 Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives
We're soliciting ideas about new initiatives at NAACL 2019. The goal is to ensure that all NLP/CL researchers are able to attend the conference and have a good experience there!
(This form is from Natalie Schluter & Jason Eisner, who are co-chairing this new effort. We can also be contacted by email at
. Thanks for your input!)
Are there any specific problems we should know about? (Problems at *ACL conferences that you or someone you know has personally experienced.)
Do you have any suggestions for solutions?
Would you like to volunteer for the Diversity & Inclusion committee for NAACL 2019? Do you bring any special perspectives? (We'd like a diverse committee that can help brainstorm improvements, make them happen, and make sure that they’re done right.)
If you answered "yes" to the previous question, make sure you gave us your email address at the top!
(optional) We're already considering some solutions. Which of these would personally improve your experience of *ACL conferences?
Accessibility — Financial — subsidies for researchers who would not otherwise be able to attend
Accessibility — Hearing — hearing loop audio system
Accessibility — Hearing — financial or logistical help in getting a sign-language interpreter
Accessibility — Mobility — financial or logistical help in getting an assistant
Accessibility — Travel — opportunities for remote presentation and/or attendance
Accessibility — Vision — reserved seats in front
Accessibility — Vision — guidance to speakers about slide design (color choice, font size)
Accessibility — Vision — access to slides or live feed on personal device
Childcare — nursing room
Childcare — financial or logistical help in arranging for paid childcare services
Childcare — on-site playroom where primary or secondary caretaker can bring child
Food and Religion — labeling of ingredients in refreshments and meals
Food and Religion — more vegetarian and vegan options
Food and Religion — prayer room
Language — Pre-submission writing mentoring for technical papers
Social and Gender — optional "new to ACL!" ribbon that can be attached to badge
Social and Gender — conference buddy or "big sibling" assigned to you
Social and Gender — optional pronoun information that can be printed on badge
Social and Gender — publicization of ACL's anti-harassment policy and complaint procedures
Social and Gender — gender-neutral restroom
Social and Gender — quiet room
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