Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Games

Can I Play That Workshops: Diversity, equity, and inclusion in games

Can I Play That is excited to offer DEI workshops designed for the unique needs of the games industry. The workshop is a one day, three-hour-long workshop designed for game writers. The workshop will include conversations and exercises to examine our own biases, as well as writing exercises to promote more inclusive and diverse character creation, narrative design, and world building. Many exercises are inspired by the studio’s existing works for continuity and efficacy.

Why DEI with CIPT?

  • Current DEI training and workshops are designed to address internal issues. CIPT’s workshop will teach game writers how to incorporate greater inclusion and diversity into their work, allowing studios to:
    -produce a better product
    -foster diversity and inclusion internally and
    -encourage diversity and inclusion externally, with studio customers.
  • Most workshops and conversations about inclusion fail to include disability.
  • Most workshops and conversations about DEI only consider the workplace. 
  • Some DEI workshops try to offer one-size-fits-all solutions. Ours is bespoke to this industry and game writers’ needs.
  • Courtney has years of community management experience through Can I Play That and is very familiar with the inner workings and needs of game studios and developers, as well as experience working with the disabled community. Yi Shun has a certificate in diversity and inclusion from eCornell. She has helped creatives of all levels to foster better inclusion in their work and has helped with DEI efforts in higher-education institutions, humanitarian aid organizations, literary organizations, and retailers.

Cost

$250 per attendee


Questions? Ready to hold a workshop for your company? Email us at learn@caniplaythat.com.


About Courtney and Yi Shun

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Courtney Craven (They/Them)

Courtney has expertise in implementing accessible and inclusive processes in games and media production. Having spent nearly a decade working closely with marginalized communities in games and game developers, Courtney brings an understanding of what both sides of the industry need to love playing games and making them. They hold degrees in sociology and writing, allowing them a unique perspective on inclusion and diversity and the issues facing both in the games industry. You can find Courtney on Twitter, LinkedIn, and their personal site.

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Yi Shun Lai (She/Her)

Yi Shun Lai (say “yeeshun” for her first name; “lie” for her last) has a certificate in diversity and inclusion from eCornell. She has worked to forward diversity and inclusion efforts in publishing, humanitarian aid, and higher education. She is the author of a novel and a memoir and teaches in the MFA programs at Bay Path and Southern New Hampshire Universities. Find her on LinkedIn and Twitter