By beginning to learn how to design with greater consciousness, reflection and responsiveness, this program will help you start to unlock gaming’s full potential to influence change at individual and systemic levels
What you will learn
How to establish a learning purpose + link "your why"
What EBI stands for and its necessity in a gaming context
Tools and techniques to design with compassion and for liberation
Methods for developing an inclusive, outward mindset
Frameworks that interrupt bias and aid in the shifting of mindsets
Models that center partnership and collaboration
How to fully embody ally leadership
The role of cognitivism and connectivism in our learning processes
Who we are calling in
This program was built not only for folks who currently design and develop games but also for those new to the space and wish to build games and gameified experiences in the future
EGP is curating responsive, reflective learning experiences that guide individual game designers, developers and organizations through the process of creating games/gameified experiences that lessen harmful stereotypes, beliefs and social norms that have serious, "real" world implications.
Sees through an intersectional lens
Building from the frameworks of Educational Psychology, Critical Race Theory, Ethnic Feminist Theory, Trauma-Informed Practices, Restorative Processes and Non Violent Communication, Yeruwelle works to effect systemic change towards social equity via education, strategic development, dynamic dialogue and community engagement
Understands the challenges within STEM
Yeruwelle has established several collegiate and K12 program models that create, support, and sustain multicultural and socioeconomic educational inclusion in STEM fields at New Mexico State University, Oregon State University and Portland State University.
She has also grown engagement and created healthy and inclusive communities, and safe spaces for all to flourish as the Director of Diversity, Outreach and Recruitment at Portland State University and as the Director of Programs for Girls Inc.
Serves as a thought leader
She regularly speaks on issues of intersectionality and anti-racism. Yeruwelle has served as a trusted advisor to a variety of organizations:
Oregon Girls Collaborative
East Mestro STEM Partnership Equity Leadership Team
Woodburn 21st Century Community Learning Center
Who is involved with The Equity Gaming Project?
The Equity Gaming Project (EGP) is a collective of underrepresented identities in gaming introducing a new, equity-centric paradigm to game design + development.
We aim to elevate consciousness in the design process by creating through the lens of equity, healing and justice.
Through responsive and reflective learning experiences (digital classes, trainings and workshops) EGP guides individual game designers/developers and organizations through the process of creating games/gameified experiences that lessen harmful stereotypes, beliefs and social norms.
Alongside our learning experiences, we are cultivating virtual and physical spaces that center underrepresented folks in gaming and open up possibilities for creative collaboration and greater economic equality in the industry.
What does The Equity Gaming Project value?
EGP believes that identifying and healing the harm that is being done through incredibly influential mediums like gaming is critical work. It isn’t niche, or fringe or a “nice to have". It’s a must.
EGP aims to revolutionize the way game designers and developers think about and approach their creative works.
Who does The Equity Gaming Project serve?
We center underrepresented identities in gaming: Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Communities of Color, Women, LGBTQ+ and folks with disabilities.
Our programs serve:
Veteran game designers + developers
Social justice and impact-focused professionals interested in leveraging gaming for social good
Are there any requirements to participate?
There are no firm requirements (beginners + newcomers welcome!); however, some fundamental knowledge of the following won't hurt:
Principles of diversity, equity, inclusion + belonging
Foundations of world building, narrative + character design
How is this program delivered?
100% online. Only an Internet connection is required. Content delivery will be a mix of pre-recorded and live stream
What other learning experiences do you offer?
Designing for Equity, Belonging & Inclusion in Gaming is one of many learning experiences we offer.
Additional programs through 2021 will include:
Creating Culturally Responsive Gaming Experiences
Cyber Somatics: Grounding our Creative Works in the Digital Space
Towards Conscious Creation: Calling in White, Male Ally Leaders
Leveraging Virtual Reality to Interrupt Bias
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