2023:Program/Equity and Community Health/3TNWNL-AfroCROWD Talk on Wiki Diasporas

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Title: AfroCROWD Talk on Wiki Diasporas


Sherry Antoine

Sherry is representing AfroCROWD as its Executive Director and Wiki Caribbean as its Lead Organizer AfroCROWD.org: Sherry Antoine is an outreach strategist and speaker committed to addressing gender and diversity gaps. She is the executive director of AfroCROWD, an outreach initiative and Wikimedia user group seeking to champion the African Diaspora on Wikimedia projects and increase awareness of Wikimedia and the free knowledge, culture and software movements among people of African descent. She is the lead organizer of the Wikimedians of the Caribbean Wikimedia user group, dedicated to the Caribbean and its Diaspora. Sherry holds a master’s degree in public administration from the American University School of Public Affairs in international management and has researched and written on digital trends in emerging nations. Wikimedians of the Caribbean (aka Wiki Caribbean or Wiki Cari): Is a Wikimedia User Group formed in October 2018 and formalized in April 2019 holding events every year since. Our leadership team comprises highly-involved Wikipedians who have led workshops and trainings, participated on panels and delivered sessions. Our lead organizer directs another user group, AfroCROWD, was the founding New York City co-chair of the Diaspora Women’s Network, and is a public speaker who has spoken at the United Nations as has our communications lead and our lead wiki advisor. Our membership lead develops training workshops for Wiki Education and each has presented at prior conferences in the Wikimedia Movement. Pic: Jordan McRae, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Room: Room 324

Start time: Sat, 19 Aug 2023 10:40:00 +0800

End time: Sat, 19 Aug 2023 11:00:00 +0800

Type: Lecture

Track: Equity, Inclusion, and Community Health

Submission state: confirmed

Duration: 20 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

Wiki Diasporas is a talk on Diasporas and their importance from the AfroCROWD perspective and the challenges of working within the Wiki Community as a Diaspora-focused group. AfroCROWD is a global initiative centering the African Diaspora on Wikimedia and open source technology online.

Description[edit source]

Tracks: -Equity, Inclusion, and Community Health -GLAM, Heritage, and Culture

The goal of the talk is to provide participants with a greater knowledge and understanding of diaspora communities and their function, and to identify best practices for diasporan-affiliated groups and individuals in the Wiki movement and beyond. The discussion will draw on AfroCROWD's experiences over the past eight years working in the African Diaspora on Wikimedia.

Further details[edit source]

Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

The Wiki Diasporas Session aims to explore the important role of diasporas in promoting diversity within the Wiki community. Through this discussion, the challenges of working as a diaspora-focused group within the Wiki community will be highlighted, emphasizing the need for collaboration and inclusion to achieve sustainable growth.

The session will offer valuable insights and best practices for diaspora-affiliated individuals and groups interested in the Wikimedia movement both now and in the future. The discussion will focus on underexplored areas within the community, particularly the experiences of marginalized diasporas. Participants will gain a better understanding of Diaspora communities, their potential as a unifying resource, and their significance in the context of engagement within Wikimedia projects.

The session also aims to connect participants from various diasporas with overlapping interests, fostering the sharing of best practices for their work within the future of the Wikimedia movement. Additionally, the discussion will provide a platform for participants from disparate regions of the same diasporas to connect and explore common threads.

Ultimately, the session aims to increase awareness of diasporas and their value, while promoting a more inclusive and diverse Wiki community.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Everyone can participate in this session

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Empty Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Tick Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand