Con­tributed the fol­low­ing to UX Booth:

Look­ing out for each other and ourselves

As we emerge from the Year of the Reck­on­ing, the year when #metoo came to promi­nence, it’s impor­tant that we look out for each other and our­selves by demand­ing the con­fer­ences we attend have strong and enforced Codes of Con­duct, and that our work­places actively enforce their anti-harassment poli­cies — and not just when a report occurs.

Inclu­siv­ity mat­ters. Mak­ing any one per­son feel any­thing less than entirely wel­come and accepted means your cul­ture excludes. Microag­gres­sions alone drive peo­ple away from work­ing in tech­nol­ogy. Poli­cies and Codes of Con­duct must be not only cod­i­fied but part of the expe­ri­ence, part of the culture.

Make sure that not only women but every­one involved in your event or place of busi­ness are safe and included appro­pri­ately. This is not just the respon­si­bil­ity of those run­ning the show — every attendee and every employee counts. One great method I’ve seen is sim­ply say­ing “we don’t do that here,” which is most effec­tive in are­nas that have a pol­icy in place.

Per­son­ally, since Christina Wodtke’s arti­cle Tweak­ing the Moral UI in 2014, I’ve made a com­mit­ment not to speak or attend con­fer­ences that don’t have or enforce a Code of Con­duct, which is a solid per­sonal com­mit­ment to make if you haven’t already.

In 2018, look for ways to be more inclu­sive and make your com­mu­ni­ties safer for every­one in every way pos­si­ble, from inter­face to com­pany culture.