How to be inclusive of diversity at your next event

Who attends events?

The answer is everybody.
All sorts of people are brought together by events, be they music festivals or techy conferences and as an event manager you need to be inclusive of the diversity of your attendees.

What does inclusive to diversity actually mean?

It means you need to think about who might attend your event. Although you might not actually have attendees who are in a wheelchair come along, you need to have accessible facilities that you know will be easy for that person. You need to be inclusive of the LGBTQI community, the elderly, the hearing and vision impaired, everybody.

Although the list is long, it's actually pretty simple to make sure this stuff is sorted. The first step is to communicate that you're thinking about the diversity of your attendees, tell them that your venue is wheelchair accessible, that bathrooms will have a functional label rather than male/female.

Code of conduct

Having a code of conduct for your event is a great idea. It sets the tone for your event, and helps minority groups feel protected.

Safety is everyone's responsibility, providing a safe environment at an event is yours.

Here's some more information

Check out this rad article to help with conference diversity, and 20 tips for a more accessible event.

We can do better

Having a diverse representation at any type of gathering will only benefit our society. Take some time to think about how you can do better at being inclusive.

~ Bronnie
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