The Disrupting Toxic Tech Toolkit was developed by CULTURxEAT’s Founder & CEO, Kristina Ashley Williams. Upon entering the tech industry after 10+ years spent as an educator in predominantly urban communities, and an academic researcher focused on culturally sustaining pedagogies and systems, Kristina recognized an opportunity to apply interdisciplinary and intersectional theories and practices from the education sector to tech, an industry historically known to struggle with gaps in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Disrupting Toxic Tech Toolkit & Training is facilitated through an interactive audience engagement that supports companies in the evaluation of the following (with sample prompts):

  • Understanding Toxicity through self reflection and historical context

    • Have you experienced an entire year of school without a single instructor from your ethnic background?

    • Have you experienced a person of the opposite gender shutting your voice down during a meeting?

    • Have you experienced someone confidently touching your hair or body without your permission?

  • Company Baseline of employee experiences, cultural climate, and DnI Knowledge

    • If Sally is hungry and Jimmy is thirsty and Alex gives them both a hamburger, is this an example of equity, equality, or inclusion?

    • I feel I can bring my whole self to work and feel a sense of belonging, true or false.

    • If I take a picture of my company’s board, I am pleased with the representation in the picture, true or false.

  • Disruptive Design strategies to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in recruitment, hiring, retention, product and service implementation

    • Our company implements the Rooney and/or Mansfield Rule to hiring practices, true or false.

    • Our company has a line item in the budget allocated towards DnI implementation, true or false.

    • Our company’s product team is able to name the form design flaws in Band-Aids, true or false.

Techniques: Storytelling, gamified surveys, group interactive activities, data analysis

Outcomes: Knowledge and resources for best practices in inclusive recruitment, hiring, retention, maturation, values setting, product and service design, definitions, and company experience.

The Disrupting Toxic Tech Toolkit was comprised during Kristina’s graduate research study with industry professionals at tech giants like Google, Ebay, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Oculus, and Beats by Dre to name a few. Kristina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Arizona State University, a Master of Arts in Urban Education Teaching from the University of Southern California and an additional Master of Science in Design, Technology, and Business also from USC.


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