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MEMBER QUOTES
"[This is] a group of creative, inspiring and dope black designers contributing to the greater good of the design industry by working together to develop each other."— BABD member feedback

"This group has given me such a sense of community." — BABD member feedback

"Essential if you are a Black designer in the bay area. Community is your sanity, motivation, and connection when you have nothing else."— BABD member feedback

ABOUT US
Bay Area Black Designers is a professional development community for Black people who are practicing digital design in the tech industry. If you've looked around the design world, rarely seeing anyone who looks like you and 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 the tech world — 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, Software Design.

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 this need, intention and mission; there are 75 other terrific design-related meetups in the bay area that we highly recommend checking out.

*Please respect the intention of this group and only join if you are a Black Designer, or an aspiring one. If you are not Black but want to network with this group, please contact the organizer to invite us to participate at another meetup or event that you're doing, or contact the organizer about being a guest speaker if you have something specific you want to share with the group.

MEETUP REQUIREMENTS
1. Actively attend meetups. We meet monthly. This is a legit community, not an online group of strangers who never see each other in real life. Being a member means being actively involved, so if your account goes inactive and/or you never attend any meetups, your membership will be politely deactivated.

2. RSVP honestly and professionally. Arrive on time. Please don't RSVP "Yes" if you're not really coming. Our community thrives because of trust, honesty and communication.

3. Real identities, real local. Use a real photo of your face in your profile, and your real name. Our meetups are primarily held at private locations so we need to know who you really are. And we're in Cali's Bay Area only, 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).

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 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 Code of Conduct

What exemplary members do:

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.

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