Why conference diversity matters

Much misconception appeared again amidst the recent debates spurred on by Edge Conference’s overwhelmingly-white male lineup: the idea that conferences only cater to people already well established in our industry, that there are no barriers keeping people out of our industry, that calling for more diversity is a demand for quotas, that role models only matter to those already entering our field, and the idea that quotas are only a bad thing, no matter what. Each of these misconceptions deserves lengthy examination and debate; alas, we are not afforded that scope, so I will try to impress upon you as concisely as possible why conference diversity matters.

Frances Berriman’s post has many good thoughts, but some backwards conclusions. Notably:

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