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The UX of Diversity
26 minutes | May 9, 2020
E.P. 12 - Diversity and Community in a Pandemic
The 2020 pandemic has fundamentally altered most everyone’s lives across the globe. In this episode, we talk about the impact of pandemic on diverse populations. We talk about the wake up call of the pandemic to be proactive in working on environmental concerns, what role self-care plays in maintaining mental health, and we examine the idea of building community. We also start to ask questions about re-contextualizing your career to build something new and more conscious, while taking a deep-dive on techniques for building intentional communities. We wrap up our conversation with a talk about the concept of the “Temporary Autonomous Zone,” Cyberpunk, collective economics, and how building communities now might just save your life. Note: This episode was recorded live during a live stream session of “Stay Woke Or Not,” which is hosted by Dahlia Turnbull.
18 minutes | Feb 20, 2020
Ep. 11 - Your Art, #OscarsSoWhite2020, #DemocratsSoWhite: How to incorporate your art, appreciate attempts at diversity in the Oscars, and WTF Democrats?
The UX of Diversity podcast is back. Today we're combining the production of the podcast with the “Experience Mornings" video program, by doing a live recording of the podcast and video at the same time. Today we talk about how to find connections in your personal creative work with your business, Diversity of the Oscars 2020, and the huge Diversity problem in the Democratic Party and how that impacted the Shadow App implosion at the Iowa Caucus. #Art #OscarsSoWhite2020 #DemocratsSoWhite #Diversity #DiversityAndInclusion #UXDesign #UX
21 minutes | Feb 26, 2019
Ep. 10 - #OscarsSoWhite 2019: Looking at Diversity in Hollywood & it's Overlap with Tech
With the so much of the buzz around the diverse line-up of contenders at this year's Oscars, we try to unpack what it all means. Stephen Ruiz does a deep dive into the compelling "Hollywood Diversity Report," authored by Dr. Darnell Hunt, Dr. Ana-Christina Ramón, and Michael Tran of UCLA's College of Social Sciences. He looks at the numbers, and talks about how this overlaps with tech, and what this means for a polarized society that's becoming more and more diverse everyday. Grab your popcorn!
54 minutes | Jul 31, 2018
Ep. 9 - Diversity in Tech: Pandora's Mixtape Diversity Panel
Today we jump into the "way-back machine" and go to October 2017 when Stephen was a guest on Pandora's Mixtape Panel on Diversity in Tech for Hispanic Heritage Month. In this episode we take a deep-dive into what it means to be an "other" in tech, and how you can navigate this space, thrive in your career and not be distracted by the negative forces that can take you off track. #DiversityInTech
13 minutes | Jul 24, 2018
Ep. 8 The UX of Caregiving Part 1
In another of the "on the 10" recording of our podcast, I delve into my personal experience with being a caregiver after my mother had a stroke. I talk about why there is a lack of digital tools to help manage the process of helping a loved one experience a health crisis. This will be a multi-part series.
28 minutes | Jul 17, 2018
Ep. 7 Institutional Racism, Depth of Experience, & Imposters
In this episode, Stephen interviews Darren Hood, Professor at Kent State University and Experience Design Lead at Ryder Systems. We talk about institutional racism, depth of experience in the field vs. new UXer's coming out of bootcamps, and how to navigate the UX/tech world at a minority.
17 minutes | Jul 10, 2018
Ep. 6 - Empathy, Intersectionality, and Meditation
Today we bid farewell to Sheana, happy trails! Stephen Ruiz talks podcasting while driving in LA "on the 10," and working with StartEngine, iRobot, and Dogtown Media. Also, we delve into Empathy, Intersectionality and Mediation, with some special shout-outs to Headspace, Against the Stream and a few individuals who help make it all tick!
21 minutes | Jul 2, 2018
Ep. 5 Accessibility in UX Design with Kat Richards
Today with talk with Kat Richards, of Hoffman York, about Accessibility in UX Design, an the importance of being inclusive in the process.
35 minutes | Jun 26, 2018
Ep.4 There's an app for that: trust and social currency
In this episode, Sheana talks with Shar Ghoudsifar, founder of Helpkin, an amazing Babysitting and Pet sitting Exchange, about gender roles, trust and social currency.
23 minutes | Jun 18, 2018
Ep.3 Vendor & Customer Diversity Matter Too
Kelli Newman, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at FabFitFun talks with Sheana about what her role at FabFitFun, about Diversity, and how that's more than just HR quotas.
30 minutes | Jun 18, 2018
Ep.2 Which diversity interventions actually work?
Get get to know our host, Sheana Ahlqvist, and learn more about her academic background, her experience, and what the best research says about effective diversity strategies.
13 minutes | Jun 5, 2018
Ep.1 Stephen Ruiz: Why the UX of Diversity?
In this first of two episodes of the podcasts that focus on our hosts, Stephen Ruiz and Sheana Ahlqvist, we get the chance to hear from Stephen about his experience as a Hispanic in the Tech Industry. From the good, the bad and the ugly, we get and understanding of where his passion for diversity came from.
6 minutes | May 19, 2018
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