HCI has a growing body of work regarding important social and community issues, as well as various growing grassroots communities working to make CHI more international and inclusive.


In this workshop, we will build on this work: first reflecting on the contemporary CHI climate, and then developing an actionable plan towards making CHI2019 and subsequent SIGCHI events more inclusive for all.

Call for Proposals

We would like to invite you to take part in a one-day workshop to be held on May 4th or 5th at CHI2019. With this workshop, we proactively take part in building a more inclusive CHI community. We do this in a highly interactive one-day workshop where we will first reflect on current privilege, marginalisation, and inclusion in our community, and then develop actionable ideas on how to improve inclusion at CHI2019 and future HCI events.

We welcome submissions from anyone who is concerned about inclusion at CHI and HCI more widely, and who would like to play a part in building a better future for our discipline. In order to take part, we ask you to write a brief (max. 3 pages including references and short bio) personal statement in the Extended Abstract format. Submissions should address one or more of the following questions - or a related question that is important to you and could also be important to others.

They should be sent in PDF format by the 1st of February 2019 to

Admittance will be on the basis of workshop relevance, and the potential of contribution to discussions and actions, as reviewed by the workshop organisers. We want to stress again here, that no prior experience or research in this field is necessary to take part in the workshop - only a willingness to take part in making HCI more inclusive! If accepted, we require that at least one author of the submission attends the workshop, who must also register for at least one day of the conference.

DEN Travel and Accommodation Grants

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The Digital Economy Network (DEN) is kindly supporting our workshop by offering five (5) travel and accommodation grants for DEN students to attend this workshop! Please mention that you are part of the DEN in your proposal email.

Programme of Activities

Time Activity
09:00 Welcome and introduction from the organisers
09:15 An introductory activity to welcome all attendees
10:00 ‘Privilege Activity’
10:45 BREAK
11:00 Discussion based on ‘Privilege Activity’
11:30 Brainstorm new content to surface and examine additional dimensions of power that operate in the HCI community and its associated practices and processes.
12:30 LUNCH
14:00 Welcome back from organisers
14:15 Small group activities to develop a small booklet filled with questions and discussions on how to improve inclusion at ACM SIGCHI events and in our labs, classrooms, and communities of practice
15:00 Whole group discussion of the booklet
16:00 Planning of actions leading to dissemination during CHI2019 and future work
17:00 DINNER


Angelika Strohmayer is a PhD candidate in Computing at Newcastle University. Her work explores the potential for respectful and meaningful design processes and digital interventions in third sector service delivery. She is also a co-founder of and the #CHIversity campaign, both working to make HCI more welcoming and inclusive.

Cayley MacArthur is a PhD candidate in Systems Design Engineering working in the Games Institute and Touchlab at the University of Waterloo. Her research seeks to interrogate the intersections of gendered language, spaces and praxis in HCI. Her desire to connect grassroots efforts to effect organizational change is reflected to her commitments to service in the HCI community, including serving as Equity Chair for CHI 2019.

Velvet Spors is a creative technologist and PhD candidate at the Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham, where they are currently investigating digital self-care technologies in a public setting (in partnership with the National Videogame Arcade). Their research foci are empathy in technology, playfulness and implicit interconnectedness between people.

Michael Muller works as a researcher at IBM Research in Cambridge MA USA, where he applies participatory and other methods to understanding the work of data science workers. Consistent with the broad democratic aspirations of participatory design, he tries to be an ally to feminist, Indigenist, LGBTQIA+, and other progressive activists.

Morgan Vigil-Hayes is an assistant professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University. Her research uses techniques from computer networks, mobile computing, social computing, and network analysis to investigate how information systems can be better designed to facilitate community values and cohesiveness. She is especially interested in understanding information systems through an Indigenous lens and designing for tribal sovereignty and Indigenous cultural values.

Ebtisam Alabdulqader is a PhD candidate based in Open Lab at Newcastle University, and a lecturer in the Information Technology Department at King Saud University. Her current research focuses on investigating strategies to promote the adoption of digital technologies to augment the current healthcare system and establish new relational healthcare models. She is also the founder of community and the vice chair for the ACM SIGCHI chapter for Riyadh Saudi Arabia.