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Session Name: It's Not All About Unicorns: Sustainable Diversity in the Classroom
Speaker(s): Drew Davidson, Susan Gold, Lindsay Grace, Mitu Khandaker-Kokoris, Elizabeth LaPensee
Company Name(s): Carnegie Mellons Entertainment Technology Center, Northeastern University, American University Game Lab, Spirit AI, Michigan State University
Track / Format: GDC Education Summit
Overview: Sustaining a diverse pipeline of game designers, developers and artists entails more than recruiting and inclusive environments. It requires a systemic approach that develops community naturally, avoids alienating dominant and minority groups and employs sustainable, persistent engagement. Drawing from more than a decade of teaching in for-profit, state funded and private higher education, the panel offers specific recommendations on how to improve diversity in the game classroom from educators and administrators. This panel serves as a first-hand postmortem for the many years of diversity and inclusion efforts. What's helped, what's hurt, and what's going to work in the future.

GDC 2017

Drew Davidson

Carnegie Mellons Entertainment Technology Center

Susan Gold

Northeastern University

Lindsay Grace

American University Game Lab

Mitu Khandaker-Kokoris

Spirit AI

Elizabeth LaPensee

Michigan State University

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GDC Education Summit

Game Career / Education