Make Your Data Trans-Inclusive

Problem Statement

Organizations are often ill-equipped to properly handle data coming from transgender and gender non-conforming members, donors, staff, and stakeholders. Data practices may violate privacy, risk unintentional outing, or cause embarrassment.

Do you work with membership, staff, subscriber, attendee, or funder data of any kind? Chances are, there are trans and gender non-conforming folks in your data! Drawing from experience with multiple nonprofit organizations of different sizes, this highly accessible session will present practical steps to ensure that your data not only respects trans people’s identities and privacy, but also goes further in inclusion. We’ll use trans folks as an entry point to talk about ways your data practices can reflect organizational values of cultural inclusion, advertise inclusivity, and provide broader access.

We’ll cover tips for database structure, staff training, and user experience that are platform-agnostic and applicable whether you’re just setting up your first CRM or looking to improve your existing data. This unique session gives data and IT professionals a chance to make a significant impact on organizational inclusivity.

Avory Faucette
Leadership for Educational Equity
Database Manager
Avory Faucette is a trans queer activist, writer, public speaker, and professional data geek. Zie graduated from the University of Iowa with a JD in 2009, focusing on international human rights and gender/sexuality issues in the law. Hir current work focuses on queer identity, policy, and marginalized identities under the queer umbrella. As a genderqueer person, zie comments frequently on non-binary identity, transgender and genderqueer issues, and media coverage of these populations. As a data professional, zie is also particularly interested in the intersections of identity with data and technology. Avory's work has been featured in Ms. Magazine Online, RH Reality Check, On the Issues, xoJane, The Frisky, Girl w/ Pen, Feministe, and Feministing and zie writes regularly at the blog Radically Queer. Hir work also appears in Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice and several print anthologies. Zie is a certified Salesforce Administrator and Platform App Builder and currently serves as Database Manager for Leadership for Educational Equity.

B Cordelia Yu
A Yellow Raven
Content/Editorial Strategist