I receive a number of requests every day to promote various things: conferences, open job positions, books, products, and various other things. I can't promote all of these things for a variety of reasons, including the fact that I don't want to encourage people into an environment that I'm not familiar with and give them the impression that I am endorsing it as safe and inclusive.
I have the power to choose to not promote something for any reason, at any time, without explanation.
Unless I have been to the conference or have personally worked with the conference organizers, I tend not to promote it.
- Must have an effective code of conduct. If you're unfamiliar with codes of conduct or what consititutes an effective one, see my post, Codes of Conduct 101 and FAQ
- Must have made visible efforts toward increasing diversity. See Increasing Diversity at Your Conference
- I'm always happy to help marginalized people find a position that is safer, healthier, and more rewarding. Unfortunately I don't have a lot of time for one-on-one searches, but I am happy to share an anonymized "what I'm looking for/what I can do" gist on twitter.
- Email the description to me and I will share it on twitter. (See an example here.)
- I will forward on any responses it receives, adding context for some if I know of concerns about a company, an employee there, or the job position specifically.
- Because this is done anonymously, you have no obligation to reply to any or all responses. Additionally, you don't have to worry about your current employer or other people knowing you are looking.
Open Job Positions
As a general rule, I don't promote open job positions. Under very few circumstances will I do so:
- I know marginalized people at the company who can vouch for the environment and how people are treated there.
- It sounds like a healthy, safe, rewarding place for marginalized people.
- The company has made public, visible efforts to increase diversity both within the company and the community they occupy.
Organizations or Non-Profits
I'm happy to lend support to organizations and non-profits that support marginalized people or educate privileged people. I prefer to do so only after I have become more familiar with your mission, work, and politics.
Books, Products, and other sellable items
Unless I have personally read the book or used the product, I will not promote it.
Evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If it's a cause that is in line with my work, I may promote it.