DEIB Speaker Series & Events

This speaker series and other events will provide the opportunity to be in a community and learn something new through the DEIBJA lens. The speaker series will bring presenters from outside UC Berkeley as well as colleagues from across campus to share their knowledge and lived experiences. Reach out to Britt McClintock if you have any questions or if you have ideas for future speakers or events. Feel free to share this information with anyone who might be interested.

Upcoming Speakers & Events

I am excited to announce a new bIT staff group; NDivSA - Neurodiversity Support Association. Monthly meetings will start in June, more information to follow. Reach out to me if you are interested and have some ideas for our meetings!


DEIB @ 3

DEIB @ 3 for Berkeley IT (Recorded)
Tuesday, June 25 | 3 p.m.

Join Britt for a 30-minute crash course on a DEIBJA workplace topic. This month they will be talking about some of the reasons DEI doesn’t “stick”. They will be exploring questions/issues like DEI fatigue, why DEI programming struggles to be consistent and forever prioritized, and the long road we travel for real sustainable change. Zoom link for DEIB @ 3


Non-Native English Speakers Support Association

Non-Native English Speakers Support Association, (NESSA)
Tuesday, June 26 | 11 a.m.

NESSA which stands for "Non-Native English Speakers Support Association" is our identity-based staff support organization. In this group, we welcome multilingual speakers, native English speakers, and English language learners who are interested in supporting, mentoring, and learning from each other.

Our group wanted to share an amazing presentation and resource created by Padma Vemula, Tips for Enhancing Presentation Skills for Non-Native English Speakers

DEIB Event Archive

Safe Space

Safe Space: A Monthly Drop-in Session
Tuesday, June 11 | 11 a.m.

Join the Safe Space Sub-committee (a part of the Action Team). This month we are discussing the question, ‘What does accessibility mean to you and how do we discuss this in the workplace?’ Zoom link for Safe Space


DEIB Colorful Hands

Neurodiversity Support Association, (NDivSA)
Tuesday, June 11 | 4 p.m.

The Neurodiversity Support Association meetings are here! We will be meeting once a month to talk about neurodiversity in the workplace. We will share stories, articles, and resources, and maybe even have some guest speakers! Please fill out this Google Interest Form for NDivSA, this will ensure you are invited to our first meeting! You can also access the Zoom link for this meeting here (zoom link for NDivSA)


Non-Native English Speakers Support Association

Non-Native English Speakers Support Association, (NESSA)
Wednesday, May 29 | 11 a.m.

If you would like to attend a NESSA (Non-Native English Speakers Support Association) meeting please reach out to me or Padma Vemula and we will happily add you to the invite list. 


Safe Space

Safe Space: A Monthly Drop-in Session to Acknowledge, Process, Humanize, & Restore
Tuesday, May 14| 4 p.m. 

Join the Safe Space Sub-committee (a part of the Action Team). This month we are discussing psychological safety. This is a term often thrown around with the true meaning being understood. Join us to discuss the importance and complexities of this term. 


Non-Native English Speakers Support Association

Non-Native English Speakers Support Association, (NESSA)

Wednesday, April 24 | 3 p.m.

If you would like to attend a NESSA (Non-Native English Speakers Support Association) meeting please reach out to me or Padma Vemula and we will happily add you to the invite list. 


Safe Space

Safe Space: A Monthly Drop-in Session to Acknowledge, Process, Humanize, & Restore
Thursday, April 25 | 4 p.m. 

Join the Safe Space Sub-committee (a part of the Action Team). This month we are discussing psychological safety. This is a term often thrown around with the true meaning being understood. Join us to discuss the importance and complexities of this term. 

Non-Native English Speakers Support Association

Non-Native English Speakers Support Association, (NESSA)
Wednesday, March 27 | 3 p.m.

If you would like to attend a NESSA (Non-Native English Speakers Support Association) meeting please reach out to me or Padma Vemula and we will happily add you to the invite list. 


Safe Space

Safe Space: A Monthly Drop-in Session to Acknowledge, Process, Humanize, & Restore

Thursday, March 28 | 4 p.m. 

Join the Safe Space Sub-committee (a part of the Action Team). This month we are discussing psychological safety. This is a term often thrown around with the true meaning being understood. Join us to discuss the importance and complexities of this term. 


Non-Native English Speakers Support Association

Non-Native English Speakers Support Association, (NESSA)
Wednesday, Feb. 28 | 3 p.m.

If you would like to attend a NESSA (Non-Native English Speakers Support Association) meeting please reach out to me or Padma Vemula and we will happily add you to the invite list. 


DEIB Colorful Hands

bIT DEIB Speaker Series: "Psychology research proposes bias is input into machine learning and how this can apply to IT professionals"
Thursday, Feb. 22 | 3 p.m. | Watch Video

I'm so thrilled to announce our February DEIB speaker is Dr. Merrick Osborne. Dr. Osborne is the Inaugural Racial Equity Postdoctoral Scholar at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He studies how our positions in social hierarchies are influenced by how we address prejudice. Recently, he has begun to explore how these dynamics influence the ways we produce, and use technology. Merrick will discuss how psychology research proposes bias is input into machine learning and how this can apply to IT professionals. 


Safe Space

Safe Space: A Monthly Drop-in Session to Acknowledge, Process, Humanize, & Restore
Thursday, Feb. 15 | 4 p.m. 

Join the Safe Space Sub-committee (a part of the Action Team). This month we are discussing psychological safety. This is a term often thrown around with the true meaning being understood. Join us to discuss the importance and complexities of this term. 


Non-Native English Speakers Support Association

Non-Native English Speakers Support Association, (NESSA)
Wednesday, Jan. 31 | 3 p.m.

If you would like to attend a NESSA (Non-Native English Speakers Support Association) meeting please reach out to me or Padma Vemula and we will happily add you to the invite list. 


Safe Space

Safe Space: A Monthly Drop-in Session to Acknowledge, Process, Humanize, & Restore

Tuesday, Jan. 30 | 11 a.m. 

Join the Safe Space Sub-committee (a part of the Action Team). This month we are discussing psychological safety. This is a term often thrown around with the true meaning being understood. Join us to discuss the importance and complexities of this term. 


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Action Team Open House(s)
Interested in learning more about the bIT's Action Team? Join a drop-in open house session. They will be 30 minutes, very informal, just a chance to ask questions about the team. 
  • Open House 1:  Jan. 10 | 4 p.m.
  • Open House 1: Jan. 11 | 9 a.m.
  • Open House 1: Jan. 17 | 11 a.m.
  • Open House 4: Jan. 22 | 11:30 a.m.