Community norms and expectations

Land acknowledgement

At ComSciCon LA we acknowledge that the land regarded as the Los Angeles region today was once known as Tovaangar. This land was home to the Gabrielino/Tongva people. Tovaangar was colonized by Spain in the 1700s and then by Mexico in the 1800s. In order to colonize the Los Angeles region, California and other lands in the West, the United States declared war on Mexico in 1846.

Many Gabrielino/Tongva people continue to live in the Los Angeles area today. Besides Gabrielino/Tongva people, there are thousands of other indigenous people living in LA today, as it is home to one of the largest populations of indigenous peoples in the US. The violence and atrocities against them and other indigenous people around the world have been distorted over the course of history in an effort to erase the immoral actions of Europeans and Americans who stole and colonized indigenous lands. At ComSciCon LA, we believe that sovereign rights of indigenous people here in the Los Angeles area and throughout the world should be amplified and preserved.

Accommodations

Fostering an inclusive, barrier-free, and safe space to host ComSciCon LA is essential to us. We will provide closed captioning throughout the workshop and will work to make any other reasonable accommodations to all participants upon request.

 

If there are any barriers that we may have unintentionally created, please contact us immediately at losangeles@comscicon.org. We will address matters brought to our attention as soon as possible.

 

Community norms

 

Show respect

Listen actively and respectfully, do not interrupt. When talking, use “I” statements to acknowledge that you are speaking from your own unique perspective and experiences.

 

Assume good intentions

We are all here to learn. No one knows everything and we are likely to make mistakes. However, we do not welcome speech that is likely to hurt other participants, regardless of intent. Be prepared to take responsibility if somebody gets hurt by something you said, even if unintentionally.

 

Step up/step back

Be mindful of how much space you take in the conversation. If you tend to be vocal, consider stepping up your listening and stepping back your talking. If you’re quieter, consider stepping up your talking and stepping back your listening.

 

Criticize ideas, not people

When expressing disagreement, make sure to criticize ideas and not people. Treat everyone, even those with whom you disagree, as partners in the learning process. Personal insults will not in any way further our goal of education and understanding.

 

Anti-harassment policies

 

We are committed to ensuring that every person attending ComSciCon LA regardless of ethnicity, religion, ability, age, physical appearance or gender feels safe, respected and free from harassment and discrimination. ComSciCon LA prohibits intimidating, threatening, or harassing conduct during our workshop. Organizing committee members, participants, speakers and panelists are expected to adhere to these policies and values.

 

Harassment of participants will not be tolerated in any form. Harassment includes:

  • Offensive verbal or written comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, etc.
  • Sexual images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, ComSciCon LA organizers will take immediate action (which may include a verbal/written warning or expulsion from the workshop).

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at losangeles@comscicon.org immediately. Or you can fill out this anonymous form

We value your attendance, and want to ensure everyone can fully enjoy this workshop, and can bring their whole selves to the experience.

Zoom guidelines

  • If you are comfortable, please turn on your video during interactive sessions of the workshop
  • Mute yourself, unless you are speaking
  • Use Zoom chat and Slack to engage/ask questions