Diverse Voices

About

Although creating rich, well thought out and inclusive policies is a difficult process that requires input from multiple stakeholders, its importance cannot be understated. These sorts of policies increase the likelihood that the needs of non-mainstream populations will be addressed in new, developed, and amended policies. We at the University of Washington’s Tech Policy Lab are piloting the use of short targeted conversations around a technology via diversity panels to support the development of well thought out and inclusive policies. For example, our recent white paper on Augmented Reality was developed using Diverse Voices panels. The conversations encourage panel members to discuss gaps in current discussions around a technology and how they see the technology changing or creating a new human experience for the population they represent.

Within every panel, we try hard to include representation from many vantage points. This means in addition to recruiting people from a particular group, we also recruit panel members who are in some way associated with that group. This can be service providers, lawyers, counselors, case managers, teachers, researches, close family and friends, advocates or others. Our current panels and panel members are listed below. If you are interested in joining a panel or recommending someone, please email diversevoices@techpolicylab.org.

Diverse Voices: A How-To Guide
The Lab seeks to make this process available to any group wanting to improve a draft technology policy document. For more information, and to download the guide, please visit techpolicylab.org/diversevoicesguide.


Current Panels

ACCESSIBILITY

Alan Borning
Computer Science & Engineering – University of Washington

Cindy Bennett
Human Centered Design and Engineering – University of Washington

Krista Greear
Disability Resources for Students – University of Washington

Richard Ladner
Computer Science & Engineering – University of Washington


CURRENTLY/FORMERLY INCARCERATED

Alison Holcomb
ACLU

Leila Foard
Washington Department of Corrections (Formerly)

Lillian Hewko
Washington Defenders Association

Shayne Rochester
Washington State Parent Advocacy Network

Zelda Tiemann
South Seattle College


WOMEN

Hesper Hobsburhg
Hesper9

Jan Gelman
Jan Gelman + Associates

Kim Noneon
Elizabeth Gregory Home

Monica Houstin
Hackster.io

Nicole Ferrer
Apprenticeship and Non-traditional Employment for Women

Reitha Weeks
Seattle Association of Women in Science


YOUTH

Noam Gundle
Seattle Education Association – The Voice of Seattle Public Schools Educators

Marianne Clarke
Seattle Education Association – The Voice of Seattle Public Schools Educators

Phyllis Campano
Seattle Education Association – The Voice of Seattle Public Schools Educators

Joseph Krebs
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras (SYSO)

Kathleen Allen
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras (SYSO)

Teddy NcGlynn-Wright
Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative

Angela Brown
Arts Corp

Sonal Modisette
Girls on the Run!

Katie Davis
University of Washington Information School


NON-CAR DRIVERS

Nicole Freedman
City of Seattle Department of Transportation

Alison Townsend
City of Seattle Department of Transportation

Mike Rimoin
Commute Seattle (Seattle’s Transit and Management Association)

Hester Serebrin
Transportation Choices

Rich Brown
Cascade Bicycle Club

Aaron Cayko
Commuter

Mohamed Albirair
Commuter

Lisa Fusco
Commuter


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Get Involved

JOIN A DIVERSE VOICES PANEL

The Diverse Voices Panels can only succeed through participation from diverse communities and fresh voices. We are actively looking for people to join our panels. As a panel member, you would be contacted two or three times a year to help us understand the perspective of the non-mainstream group(s) you represent.

Our current panels and panel members are listed above. If you are interested in joining a panel or recommending someone, please email diversevoices@techpolicylab.org.


RECOMMEND A PANEL BY AREA

Broad representation is important for the Diverse Voices panels to be successful. The current panel areas are listed above. We encourage others to recommend new areas in which we should establish a diverse voices panel.

Please email your suggestions to diversevoices@techpolicylab.org.


RECOMMEND A TECHNICAL TOPIC

Technology develops faster than most people can keep up with. We try our best to stay ahead of the curve, but sometimes we miss something important. We encourage others to recommend topics that our Diverse Voices Panels should discuss.

Please email your suggested topics to diversevoices@techpolicylab.org.


START A PANEL AT YOUR ORGANIZATION

Are you thinking about starting your own Diverse Voices Panel for your organization? No two diverse voices panels are identical, but every diverse voices panel is built as a partnership.

If you are interested in forming a diverse voices panel in your community or organization and would like help getting started, please email us at diversevoices@techpolicylab.org.