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Before You Begin
Welcome to the volunteer onboarding course for DESIGNxHUMANITY (DxH). During the next six lessons, we’ll give you everything you need to thrive in our professional community.
Downloadable PDF: DxH Mission and Vision
In the Beginning... In late May 2020, Tommy Sealock — future founding CEO of DxH — posted a call to action on social media seeking instructional designers who wanted to use their skills to combat systemic racism. He had no idea that the post would go viral. 🙋🏿♀🙋🏼♀🙋🏿♂🙋♂🙋🏿♀🙋🏻♀🙋🏾♀🙋🏼♂ Within days, almost a hundred volunteers responded. Within a few short weeks, the DxH team filed paperwork to form a non-profit organization committed to education that empowers. 👷👷🏽♀ DxH is a start-up, and we grow daily as people just like you discover us! We are building an organization from the ground up, and we create processes for getting work done every day. 📌This means that the more you put into DxH, the more you’ll get out of it. All contributions are appreciated, and everyone can make an impact. Fresh faces have the opportunity to learn from experienced creatives as we collaborate on exciting new projects.
Great! Your flexibility will be an asset as we are constantly developing and refining how we do what we do. If you see room for enhancements, feel free to make a suggestion.
Great! Putting yourself out there, taking feedback gracefully, and having faith in your ability to grow are crucial to your success at DxH. We are here for that!
Great! DxH is a brave space. You might put yourself out there to learn something new, take on a new team role, or engage in conversations about topics that don’t usually occur in other spaces in your life. We are here for that!
If you’re willing to be perfectly imperfect, then DxH is the community for you. On the next slide, reflect on these questions. Be honest with yourself
In the next lesson, you will learn how we work and how you can get started as a volunteer.
Volunteering for DxH
Link: A State of Emergency Podcast
Now that you know what DESIGNxHUMANITY is, it’s time to mobilize.
Link: Volunteer Agreement
Next, think about what kinds of projects you’d like to work on. Topics we’re already tackling include: ➡ Unconscious bias ➡ Microaggressions ➡ Trauma-informed teaching
To get on a team, fill out the Teams Survey. If you’re waiting to get on a team and want to contribute right away, join a bench project (like the one that created this course!). Link: Teams Survey
Last question for this lesson. Scrum is a….
As we said before: It’s all about what you put into it. So, be ready to dive right in!
Which of the following is a TRUE statement about how DxH volunteers should ethically use intellectual property?
Introduction to DxH Slack Now that you’re up to speed on our organization, you’re ready to visit our workspace. 🌎🌍🌏Since our volunteers all work remotely across different time zones, most of our collaboration happens in Slack. 🏢Slack serves as our central headquarters. 🧠💭This is where our members think out loud and share the big ideas that will ultimately shape the organization’s direction. 💪🏾🦁The best way to learn what's going on in DxH is to participate in the discussions in real time. Don't be afraid to ask questions and make suggestions. Be brave!
This is your last onboarding lesson.
Thanks for sticking with it!
🤝🏾By now you know we are a collective that pairs experienced creatives with fresh faces to collaborate on real-world projects advocating for equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism.
You’ve also learned about: ✔Our mission, vision, and culture ✔How we work in Agile teams ✔How you can benefit from being involved ✔How to navigate our Slack channel
Now it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work with DxH!
📜Have you completed our forms so you can get started? Link: Volunteer Agreement Link: Teams Survey
Have you completed both forms?