One of the big challenges when you’re in a human infrastructure role – whether you’re planning meetings, devising programming, creating documentation, or responsible for community coordination – is that it can be invisible work. Part of our mission at CSCCE is to make that work more visible and valued, and to support the community builders who carry out these vital roles.
In this month’s newsletter we focus on facilitation resources – from how to host conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion, to how to protect your meeting participants from bad actors. Also this month, with our focus on transparency, we’re turning the lens back on ourselves and making some of our own behind the scenes work visible.
We hope that you will join us on Wednesday, 21 April for our quarterly programming update, which will take place during our April Community Call. We will be sharing how we are building our internal infrastructure and staff team so that we can better support the community, as well as what we have planned for the coming months in terms of training offerings, free community programming, and focus groups.
We always appreciate hearing your feedback, and we’ll be spending some time on Wednesday’s call for open discussion. If you are unable to attend you’re also welcome to email us directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also in this month’s newsletter:
Register for the next cohort of our six-week online course, Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals
Download our newest resource: A tech tip sheet on virtual event security
Join the DEI SIG’s upcoming event on facilitating DEI discussions
Catch up on last month’s community call on virtual and hybrid events
Sign up for our community networking event in May
Sign up for Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals
There are just SIX places left in the CEF21S cohort! This six-week online course, intended for new and more seasoned community managers alike, grounds learners in CSCCE’s core frameworks, offering a strong foundation for strategic community building in STEM. The next session will run from 1 June until 16 July, which includes a reading week over the 4 July holiday. You will leave the course with new language to describe your role and your community, as well as new connections with your cohort of fellow community managers. You can find more information about the course on our website.
For our March 2021 Tools Trial, we hosted a safety drill to refine how virtual event hosts can respond to “Zoom bombing” – the disruption of an event by a bad actor. We then published a free CSCCE tech tip sheet, which contains a series of checklists to help you and your team configure your meeting settings, plan out how you might respond in the moment, and recover from the intrusion afterwards.
DEI special interest group: Facilitating discussions around DEI
In this interactive discussion session organized by members of the DEI special interest group, a panel of experts will address inclusive meeting facilitation – including how to de-escalate tensions around issues of difference. Mark your calendar: 27 April at 4pm UTC / noon US EDT
Community-sourced tips and resources for running virtual and hybrid events
For March’s community call we made space for in-depth, small group discussions on various aspects of running “virtual and hybrid events.” After the call we summarized the key takeaways on our blog, a valuable mix of lessons learned, ideas for supporting virtual and hybrid events in the future, and suggested resources.
Our April Community Call (Wednesday, 21 April at 3pm UTC / 11am EDT) will be an opportunity to find out what the CSCCE staff team and community members have been working on over the last few months, learn more about what’s coming up over the summer, and offer your feedback on what you’d like to see more of.
On Wednesday, 19 May 3pm UTC / 11am EDT, we will be hosting a networking event for members of our community of practice where we’ll be connecting members based on requested topics in common. If you’re not already a member of our community, which is hosted on Slack, you can sign up here. And, if you’re interested in joining us, please make sure to register before 30 April.
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