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.


Code of Conduct


How to be an awesome member of our community:

Be excellent to each other.

When someone is speaking, allow them to finish their thought before you jump in.

If someone asks a question, share your answer in a supportive, non-judgmental way.

If you disagree, 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 photographing, recording, quoting, or tweeting someone else.


Unacceptable behavior:

Do not engage in mean-spirited or bullying behavior, in either face to face interactions or in messages.

Do not threaten to harm a person, group, or their property.

Do not attack people based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, sexual orientation, religion, country of origin, or disability; do not make degrading comments or jokes based on any of the above either.

Do not engage in coercion, manipulation, blackmail or revenge.

Do not pretend to be someone else.

Do not use this group to do any illegal activity.


Anti-harassment policy:

No form of harassment or abuse will be tolerated. This includes: bullying; physical, written or verbal threats; unwelcome attention; stalking; pushing, shoving or use of physical force; behavior or language that creates a disturbance, is dangerous, is lewd or generally offensive; use of slurs including racial, religious, sexual, gender, ability or ethnicity. Remember that: “No” means no. “Stop” means stop. “Go away” means go away. Attire is neither consent nor an invitation. Misogyny, sexism, racism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, and any other type of harassing or oppressive behavior will not be tolerated.

Those who violate the anti-harassment  policy will be removed from the group and banned from future events. Depending on the severity of the transgression, we may choose to report transgressors to the authorities.

If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, please speak with the group organizer(s). If you witness someone else being treated with disrespect, please either speak up yourself or get a group organizer involved.


BABD on Slack

Our Slack channel 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. 

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

Once added to the Slack channel, members need to participate at least once a month in a public channel to keep their account in good standing. Inactive members will have their accounts gently removed by admins on a case-by-case basis. If an inactive member wants to return to our Slack channel at a future date when they can be a more active member of the community, they are more than welcome to return.