What we call "Imposter Syndrome" is often not really that at all - for many people, workplace anxiety and feelings of isolation and exclusion are the result of systemic bias and discrimination. These are problems for the industry and community to address, not individuals. I am suggesting one tool (though many are needed) to help build a more inclusive tech industry. As a former teacher, I apply the principles of Culturally Responsive Teaching to my technical writing, and in this talk, I explain why and how that works.
- The tech industry has an enormous diversity and inclusivity problem, but platitudes aren't helping us when the problems are so deep-seated.
- People's early experiences in the tech industry often include being told to "Read the docs!", only to find that the docs are implicitly and explicitly biased.
- We can do better, and the principles of Culturally Responsive Teaching provide a framework to create docs that better meet the needs of marginalized communities in tech.
Julia is a believer in the careen, rather than the career. After studying anthropology and writing a senior thesis on the ethics of museum collections of human skeletal remains, she took the job she could get: fundraising for a hospital. From there, she became a financial analyst and employee educator for 401k plans. Then, after getting her Master's in education, she taught high school English and ESL for most of a decade. Now, she is a technical content marketing consultant and developer.