I am once again the WisCon concom liaison and organizer for the POC Safer Space. This year I am joined in organizing and fabulousness by Jayme Goh. Huzzah!
We will once again be in the Solitaire Room since it affords us an out of the way space with no Gawkers. Last year we had the hotel push the conference room up against the wall which made the space a lot more inviting. I will also ask if more comfy chairs can find a way in there. If any locals are willing to donate comfy chairs, please let me know.
Last year we pre-scheduled some break out sessions and alternate panels in the room, but what seemed to work better was spontaneous stuff.I encourage any POC attending WisCon to come to that space if they need to discuss something that went down on a panel, continue a discussion that started at a panel, or if they just need a space to vent and calm down. I actually had some of the most enlightening conversations in that room during after-panel venting and I’m sure that will happen again,
However, if anyone wants to pre-schedule something please feel free. I just suspect mostly it will be spontaneous stuff.
The one thing I would like to schedule is a post Opening Ceremonies trip to the space so that people know where it is and how it will be set up and how they can use the space. This will come on the heels of the POC dinner earlier that evening. And then, of course, it’s party time.
Just as with last year, there will be coffee and tea service in the room throughout the day and a laptop for those who need to check email or Tumblr. Just don’t leave any Tumblr porn on the screen for those of us who are innocent ;)
Any questions, requests, comments, suggestions? Leave them in the comments or ping me via email or on Twitter or Facebook.
3 thoughts on “WisCon 36: POC Safer Space”
I’m attending this year but was a little hesitant about it since I haven’t really had anything to do with feminism or the academy for quite some time. Feel better to know there’s a space being set aside just for people of color.
I hope that you’re not implying that you’re innocent in any way re: Tumblr ’cause I might have to call you out or sumthin’.
I AM innocent! *makes innocent face* seeeee.
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