What we're about

Bay Area Black Designers is a professional development community for Black people who are practicing digital design in the tech industry. If you're a Black designer and have often felt like you are “the only one," join us. We are an amazing collection of Black design professionals working in all areas of design within tech — at every level of experience from beginners to experts — in the following areas of design: UX Design, UI Design, Interaction Design, Graphic Design, Web Design, Product Design, UX Research.

In community we share inspiration, connection, peer mentorship, professional development resources, feedback, support, resilience, project collaboration, and friendship. This is also a space for Black folks to safely express the challenges and microaggressions we deal with as a marginalized population within the tech industry. If you are a non-Black person, please respect our group's need, intention, and mission; if you're just looking for design meetups, there are 75 other terrific design-related meetups in the Bay area that we recommend checking out.

*Please respect the intention of this group and only join if you are:
• a Black person
• ...and a designer, or an aspiring one
• ...and living in the SF Bay Area
If all three of the above don't apply to you but want to network with this group, you can invite us to participate at another meetup or event that you're doing, offer to be a guest speaker for our group, send job listings or donate to our expenses at bayareablackdesigners.com

1. Actively attend meetups. We meet about ten times a year. This is a legit community, not an online group of strangers who never interact. Being a member means being actively involved, so if your account goes inactive and/or you never attend any meetups, your membership may be politely deactivated.

2. RSVP honestly and professionally. Arrive on time. Please don't RSVP "Yes" if you're not really coming. If your plans change, update your RSVP so we have an accurate attendee list. Our community thrives because of trust, honesty, and communication.

3. Real identities, really local. Use a real photo of your face in your profile and your real name. Our meetups are private so we need to know who the members really are. And to join our group, you should be living in the San Francisco Bay Area (hence the "Bay Area" in our title).

4. Agree to uphold our Community Standards and Code of Conduct (http://www.bayareablackdesigners.com/community-standards-and-code-of-conduct) (also pasted below).

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 Code of Conduct

What exemplary members do:

Be excellent to each other.
If someone shares something confidential, keep it confidential.
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.
Refrain from making assumptions about other people's experiences.
If you learn that someone's pronouns don't match an assumption you made about their gender identity, adjust your assumptions and respect their identity by using their self-identified pronouns.
Get consent before quoting, tweeting, photographing, audio recording, or video recording someone else.
Be considerate: BABD is a group with hundreds of members. Promotional messages of a 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.

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