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PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Creating a Culture of Inclusion and Equity

851 SW Sixth Avenue, 8th Floor
Portland, OR 97204, us (map)



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Tech culture needs to change. All too often, underrepresented groups are marginalized and excluded as a result of implicit bias, often expressed through microaggressions. Creating a culture in which everyone experiences a sense of acceptance and belonging requires a collective commitment.

Changing the culture requires a lot of people making individual choices that actively tear down and confront everyday biases and microaggressions. Such work is difficult and takes practice. Lack of understanding, personality traits, friendships, professional goals and a fear of offending people all get in the way of confronting bias and its harmful effects.

Based on research and experience, “Creating a Culture of Inclusion and Equity” brings to light the impact of cultural bias and how to bring about change. Using concrete, typical scenarios, participants will learn about the relationship between implicit bias and the microaggressions that can surface. Participants will discover their own personal obstacles and identify and practice strategies to engage in culture change.

Biographies The workshop is co-facilitated by Kristina Houck, LCSW and Tanya Crenshaw, PhD.

Kristina is a Clinical Social Worker with more than a decade of experience as a therapist and advocate. She has implemented several bystander intervention projects to create communities of inclusivity and safety. She facilitates difficult conversations with openness and authenticity.

Tanya has a Computer Science Ph.D. with over twenty years of technical experience. A published researcher, she has spent over a decade investigating people’s sense of community and belonging in tech. Her candidness inspires action.

Together, Kristina and Tanya provide practical solutions for complex problems.


6:00 p.m. - Doors open

6:15 p.m. - Introduction

6:30 p.m. - Presentation begins

7:30 p.m. - Presentation ends

8:00 p.m. - Doors close

Event FAQ:

Q: Will there be gender neutral restrooms? A: No

Q: Is the space ADA accessible? A: Yes

Q: Where there be food and drink at this event? A: Yes

Q: What is the parking situation? A: Parking is not free. City Center Parking operates the garage (it is a below-grade parking structure in Pacific Center, entrance is on SW Taylor St between SW 6th and Broadway)

Q: Is there secured bike parking? A: No, There is bike parking in the parking garage. Bikes are not allowed in the office or in the building elevators.

Q: Should I consider using public transportation? A: Yes. We are located on SW 6th, which is a transit mall street.


PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.