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Legitimacy is Infinite
Nikki Murray
@nikkilizmurray
github.com/jdax
There is only so much legitimacy to go around
There can only ever be X amount of legitimacy, to be shared among
everyone u...
If legitimacy is finite and needs to be hoarded by those who already have it,
how can we control the flow of it to other p...
What are the routes to legitimacy if you happen to not have been “born” with
it?
namespace :legitimacy do
:codeschool, :se...
For-Profit and Non-Accredited
Expensive, inaccessible to people with historical barriers to wealth
White / men / straight ...
Certain books or tutorials become “canon”
Emphasises certain styles of learning, disadvantage to those with
different lear...
The entire student debt crisis is massive and isn’t going to get better any
time soon
CS departments are awful to underrep...
Community lead initiatives to get under-represented groups into tech
RailsGirls, PyLadies
Hack The Hood
Groups that are co...
def has_legitimacy
if cis_white_able_bodied_straight_man
return true
elsif attended_code_school
return true
elsif knows_ca...
Refactoring Control Flow
Knowledge must be accessible
Accredited not-for-profit code schools and retreats with educated
instructs, child care, scho...
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Legitimacy is infinite

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Legitimacy in tech is infinite - treat everyone as inherently y intelligent and equally able to contribute to a project.

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  1. 1. Legitimacy is Infinite Nikki Murray @nikkilizmurray github.com/jdax
  2. 2. There is only so much legitimacy to go around There can only ever be X amount of legitimacy, to be shared among everyone unequally “If someone else has legitimacy, it must mean I don’t” Black/white thinking or zero sum game Legitimacy is hoarded White, straight, cis, able-bodied, men at the top hoarding it Like wealth, some people are “born with it” As some people say of talent, some people have it “innately” Legitimacy as a finite resource @NikkiLizMurray
  3. 3. If legitimacy is finite and needs to be hoarded by those who already have it, how can we control the flow of it to other people? def has_legitimacy if cis_white_able_bodied_straight_man return true else return false end end Control Flow
  4. 4. What are the routes to legitimacy if you happen to not have been “born” with it? namespace :legitimacy do :codeschool, :selftaught, :bachelors, :community end Routes to Legitimacy
  5. 5. For-Profit and Non-Accredited Expensive, inaccessible to people with historical barriers to wealth White / men / straight /cis / able bodied founders making profit off of marginalized people attempting to gain access No Pell Grants, or subsidized loans, at mercy of predatory lendors Student-As-Consumer Many best-practices left out to fit in 10-12 week course Hire on potential vs hire on achievement Like many start-ups, Hire people who look like them as instructors Enroll people who look like them (as they have higher chance of getting hired) Code Schools
  6. 6. Certain books or tutorials become “canon” Emphasises certain styles of learning, disadvantage to those with different learning styles Books that get canonized are often written by people from over- represented groups Policing who gets to be self-taught Self-taught is legitimacy speaking to legitimacy Men can vouch for their own trustworthiness in being self-taught, as they are inherently legitimate Underrepresented groups are not considered “legitimate” enough to vouch for their own knowledge Self-Taught
  7. 7. The entire student debt crisis is massive and isn’t going to get better any time soon CS departments are awful to underrepresented groups If cis white able bodied straight men can get legitimacy for free, why do others need to put themselves tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of dollars in debt? Traditional College
  8. 8. Community lead initiatives to get under-represented groups into tech RailsGirls, PyLadies Hack The Hood Groups that are considered to be innately illegitimate, attempting to bestow legitimacy on people who are also considered innately illegitimate To keep these meet ups free, and open to everyone: Tend to 101 or novice in nature (planning intermediate to advanced events is hard) Volunteer reliant Burn out Placing burden to fix diversity on those who are left out Community Taught
  9. 9. def has_legitimacy if cis_white_able_bodied_straight_man return true elsif attended_code_school return true elsif knows_canon return true elsif has_CS_degree_from_MIT return true elsif went_to_every_meetup return true else return false end end Refactoring Control Flow
  10. 10. Refactoring Control Flow
  11. 11. Knowledge must be accessible Accredited not-for-profit code schools and retreats with educated instructs, child care, school sponsored health insurance, cost of living More diverse writers being read and celebrated Community events being able to compensate people who help Free Undergrad Don’t require others to vouch for someone’s knowledge Hire diverse candidates Legitimacy is Infinite

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