ABOUT SIGCHI CARES
SIGCHI CARES exists to serve as a resource for those who experience discrimination and/or harassment around our professional events. CARES supports such individuals by allowing them to work with established members of the SIGCHI community, who are approachable and willing to listen and help navigate the SIGCHI and ACM reporting and accountability process. By its existence, CARES seeks to raise awareness of and deter discriminatory and/or harassing behavior and incidents. It seeks to support those who have had such experiences directly, offering them an open and confidential conversation, with dual intent of: (a) creating better awareness of discriminatory dynamics on the part of conference organizers; and (b) increasing accountability of conference organizers, event staff, and conference attendees. Our goal is to empower all SIGCHI community members to speak up if we observe such behavior. Note that in certain cases of immanent danger, including threats of violence, suicide, harm to children, etc., CARES committee members are required to report to appropriate authorities.
The CARES committee was initially formed in January 2020, and the SIGCHI Executive Committee approved and appointed an initial fourteen members (see membership). SIGCHI CARES is a committee of SIGCHI. This relationship is expected to continue in perpetuity, and any changes to the rules of governance must be approved by SIGCHI EC.
SIGCHI CARES is co-chaired by Shaowen Bardzell (Vice President at Large) and Allison Druin (Adjunct Chair for Diversity and Inclusion) and overseen by Helena Mentis (President).