What’s New at CCMA?

Improving Inclusivity at CCMA

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve inclusivity at CCMA, we are incorporating some new programming:

  • Pronoun stickers
  • Gender neutral bathrooms
  • Guest speaker from LGBTQ Center of Durham will provide an education session on their work and how to support LGBTQ+ communities
  • Affinity spaces for individuals of marginalized identities (see more info below).

Our goal is to create a welcoming environment for all CCMA attendees.

 

Affinity Spaces

What is an Affinity Space?
The intention of these spaces is for attendees (including speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and general attendees) of marginalized identities at CCMA 2019 to have places to discuss needs, challenges, or successes related to their shared identity. We respectfully request that Affinity Spaces be reserved strictly for those who share the given identity, not allies, friends, or significant others.

Schedule

Available:      Friday, June 7, 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday, June 8, 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Affinity Group Meetings: Friday, June 7, 12:30 – 1:30 PM

People of Color Affinity Space

The People of Color affinity space allows attendees of color to center and prioritize their specific needs, voices, and experiences in a room, without introducing the potential of harm or trauma from well-intentioned white allies.

The desire by white attendees to learn, grow, and serve as allies is important; however, those goals are best reached through other avenues and not by participating in gatherings intended only for attendees of color.

Location: Junior Ballroom A1

LGBTQIA Affinity Space

The LGBTQIA affinity space allow attendees who identify as LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, or asexual) to share experiences and challenges with one another.

The desire by LGBTQ allies to learn, grow, and serve as allies is important; however, those goals are best reached through other avenues and not by participating in gatherings intended only for attendees who identify as LGBTQIA.

Location: Boardroom 2

Please be aware this space may not have prepared content. There is no pre-set expectation for how many people come, who those people are, what they may want to discuss, or how they may want to discuss it.

Conference Bags

At the UW Center for Cooperatives, we strive to produce conferences that reflect our social, environmental, and economic values. Sometimes that means making difficult decisions. This year, we made the difficult decision to forego the conference tote bag at CCMA. Food cooperatives are at the forefront of sustainability initiatives and we want to live out those values when we come together as a community.

A study by Britain’s Environment Agency found that “an avid shopper would have to reuse his or her cotton bag 131 times before it had a smaller global warming impact than a lightweight plastic bag used only once.” 131 times. That is an astonishing number.

To help CCMA attendees work toward meeting those 131 uses, we are encouraging attendees to bring a bag from their co-op or from a previous CCMA conference. Whoever brings the oldest CCMA bag will win a prize!

We are using fund that would have been spent on bags and making a donation to the LGBTQ Center of Durham, which is committed to improving the quality of life for LGBTQ+ people in and around Durham.

Conference App

We will be offering a conference app to help you plan your day-to-day CCMA experience! We are still offering a printed program onsite. Stay tuned for when the app will be ready!