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Navigating Cis-Normative Tech Spaces as a Non-Binary Person of Color


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Navigating Cis-Normative Tech Spaces as a Non-Binary Person of Color

Pride: Championing LGBTQIA+ Leaders & Allies

In this talk Cooper L. Kidd (they/them) will share their experience and formal entry into the tech world. Their talk addresses various aspects of navigating cis-normative tech spaces as a non-binary person of color and includes strategies for success as well as highlight the importance of community and self care. Their talk touches on topics such as leveraging your identity as a strength, disclosing your identity in interviews, researching company diversity initiatives, dealing with challenges like pronoun usage and racism, building external support networks, and advocating for diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Cooper Lee Kidd

Cooper Kidd (they/them) is a neurodivergent, non-binary, queer person of Korean descent who is currently living on the Stolen Lands of the Lenni Lenape. They enjoy challenging the status quo, continuing to grow, and climbing outside on large rocks. Professionally, Cooper's work centers on LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and other marginalized groups. They are passionate about using data to help people and others in their communities envision a world beyond the confines of the capitalistic, heteropatriarchal one we currently exist in. They have in the past taught a class on LGBTQ+ communication to upper-level undergraduates at the University of Maryland, College Park, led research studies on the use of technology and HIV prevention at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and created trainings on the importance of pronouns at Swarthmore College. Currently, they work at Barclays in their technology sector and do organizing work on the side. You can learn more about them at:

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