community standards

Bay Area Black Designers is a supportive environment for designers and aspiring designers to learn, grow, and support each other as we develop our skills and share our gifts with the world. Our group is a place where members can freely express themselves without fear of judgment or harassment. We want everyone to feel safe in this group. We treat each other with kindness and professionalism.

All participants and visitors are expected to treat other participants, visitors, staff and the general public with respect. Under the umbrella of respect, we expect all participants to be mindful of their speech and behaviors with all people: in person, on social media, and in private messages such as email, Slack, text, and meetup messaging.

 

BABD ON MEETUP

Getting in: Members must be a black person working in design/research or studying design/research in the SF Bay Area.

Staying in: Members must attend at least one meetup every six months. After more than six months of inactivity, inactive accounts will expire and be deactivated. If a deactivated member wants to return to our Meetup group at a future date when they can be a more active participant, they are more than welcome to return by requesting to join again on the Meetup website.

Hosting meetups: After 3 years of hosting every monthly meetup, Kat opted in mid-2018 to move BABD's meetup structure to a more decentralized model. Now, the responsibility for hosting meetups is shared by all. Any member can host/facilitate an event. Members should work with Kat to get it posted on the BABD meetup page so it gets announced to all members. From then on, the member is 100% in charge of the event’s coordination and implementation. Members can lead events on their own or they can lead in pairs/groups. Kat is available on a very limited basis to serve as an advisor to anyone who is new to leading events and wants some tips.

 

BABD on Slack

Our Slack team is intended to be a safe space where members can communicate, collaborate, and be an ongoing source of support and community in between our in-person meetups. Our Slack is intended to be an active and ongoing conversational space, unlike many online groups where members join a group to gain the label of being affiliated but never actually participate. 

Getting in: Members must attend at least one meetup in person before they may receive an invitation to our Slack channel.

Staying in: Members must comment at least once every three months in a group/public channel in order to keep their account active. After 90 days of inactivity, inactive accounts will expire and be deactivated. If a deactivated member wants to return to our Slack team at a future date when they can be a more active participant, they are more than welcome to return by contacting Kat and asking to be reactivated.

 

Code of Conduct

 

How to be an awesome member of our community, online and irl:

  • Participate! Join events, offer to host events, share resources, spark conversations, find ways to contribute to our community.
  • Be excellent to each other.
  • If someone asks a question, share your answer in a supportive, non-judgmental way.
  • If you feel the need to voice your disagreement, do so respectfully in a way that doesn’t attempt to shut down the other person.
  • If someone shares something confidential, keep it confidential.
  • Refrain from making assumptions about other people's experiences.
  • If you learn that someone's preferred pronouns don't match an assumption you made about their gender identity, adjust your assumptions and respect their identity by using their preferred pronouns.
  • Get consent before quoting, tweeting, photographing or recording someone else.
  • Be considerate: BABD is a group of over 300 members. Promotional emails of a non-personal or spammy nature are not acceptable.
  • If you feel inspired to create a similar group to BABD or a similar community event, please use a distinct name to avoid confusion or assumed affiliation.

 

Unacceptable behavior:

  • Mean-spirited or bullying behavior.
  • Discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Posting sexually explicit or violent material.
  • Posting (or threatening to post) other people's personally identifying information.
  • Personal insults or slurs, especially those using racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic terms or insults relating to religion, country of origin, and/or physical/mental ability.
  • Degrading comments and jokes using racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic terms or insults relating to religion, country of origin, and/or physical/mental ability.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Stalking, or any repeated harassment of others. No means no. Stop means stop. Go away means go away.
  • Coercion, manipulation, blackmail or revenge.
  • Violent threats or language directed against another person or groups of people.
  • Pretending to be someone else.
  • Using this group to do any illegal activity.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.

If you believe someone is violating the code of conduct, we ask that you please either speak up yourself or get an admin involved. Admins will assess the report and take action to warn, suspend, and/or terminate membership, if necessary.

Depending on the severity of the transgression, we may choose to report transgressors to the authorities. Unless there's been a clear violation of this Code of Conduct, admins will not intervene on debates between members.