Community guidelines

We are a community that was founded by people at the University of Arizona, and we are open to everyone, whoever and wherever you are. UX@UA is committed to providing inclusive and safe experiences for everyone. Together, we make this a community we're proud to be a part of.

Participants in our programs and events agree to:

  • Practice empathy. Recognize that everyone has their own story, and seek to understand the experience of others.
  • Be kind to one another. Assume everyone is bringing their best self and treat everyone with dignity. Be cautious of using humor or sarcasm, especially in online communication, avoiding jokes that demean others or make fun of people, even if indirectly.
  • Show respect. Don't interrupt. Acknowledge other's identities by using their correct pronouns. Disagree with ideas openly but respectfully, without demeaning or embarrassing others or calling individuals out (i.e. criticize ideas, not people). Be open to challenges to your own ideas, and don't dismiss the ideas of others. Avoid sentences starting with "Actually..." and try using "I" statements rather than assuming you're speaking for the group.
  • Follow the rules. We create structure at some of our events to ensure respect for our facilitators, presenters, and attendees. You might be asked to hold questions until the end or keep your microphones on silent, for example.
  • Be an ally. Speak up if you see or hear something. You are empowered to make others aware if they are being disrespectful, and are invited to contact any organizer with concerns so we can address them.

We do not tolerate harassment of program or event participants in any form, including:

  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events. This includes interrupting speakers or other guests, dismissing others' ideas, or dominating the time in a manner that overpowers other voices.
  • Offensive language, including that which reinforces white supremacy and racism, ableism, ageism, and other oppressive social structures. For example, saying someone is "fat," using the term "gay" to refer to something that's bad, or using the word "retarded." All of these are unacceptable within our community.
  • Personal attacks.
  • Sexual imagery in public forums, including our Slack workspace.
  • Intimidation, stalking, or unwelcome following, whether in person or online.
  • Harassing photography or recording. Only take photos with permission.
  • Inappropriate physical contact or unwelcome sexual attention.

We understand that some of these behaviors might be done unintentionally, so we ask that if you are made aware that your words or actions are offensive, stop immediately. If you do not stop, you will need to leave and could be removed from future participation.

Thank you for helping us make our community and events a shared space of learning and growth!