Unicorns Are Actually Terrifying: Diversity for Diversity's Sake

A presentation at AlterConf San Francisco 2017 in in San Francisco, CA, USA by Nishat Anjum

"Unicorn" is a trite umbrella term often used to label people who aren't traditionally seen in tech. This alienates and isolates both people who are currently in tech or wish to enter it. In this talk I'll be delving into some issues with companies who adopt diversity on a surface level and how they can better tweak their initiatives, as well as talk about my experiences navigating the industry as a so called "unicorn". I will also touch upon the fear of being wanted solely for being a unicorn or how diversity for diversity's sake is actually causing a bottleneck effect in the pipeline.


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