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Diversity & Inclusion Lunch

Date: 7th May
Time: 12:20-14:00
Venue: Hall 4

Welcome to the 4th Diversity & Inclusion Lunch at CHI 2019!

CHI has been a trailblazer in its commitment towards Diversity and Inclusion through efforts such as the CHI Women’s Breakfast, gender-neutral restrooms, and establishing ‘CHI Diversity and Inclusion Statement’ to name a few. We share, we listen, and we grow together in strength and spirit as a community. Honoring this legacy, the Diversity & Inclusion Lunch at CHI 2019 is intended as a social-peer platform to:

  • Celebrate the achievements of this diverse community,
  • Discuss issues that thwart innovation by impeding inclusion, and
  • Collaborate on strategies to empower those who have been marginalized.


  • Lunch buffet with several options (including vegetarian)
  • $15 for students / $35 for professional members
  • Only 500 seats available

We welcome all CHI 2019 attendees to join us for the lunch by registering during the registration for the conference: Please Note: the option for registering for the ‘Diversity and Inclusion Lunch’ is under Course Registrations.

Please note: During past CHI, this event was ‘Sold Out’. So, we encourage confirming your attendance by registering early. If you have already registered for CHI 2019, you can go back and add the event later.

What is the lunch about?

  • “Speaker-sparks” will be shared by invited speakers. Each will share a quick story and then ask a question for table groups to discuss;
  • Discussion in small table groups on topics concerning diversity issues;
  • Participants can be students, researchers, academics, and industry professionals at any stage of their career.
  • Issues discussed during the lunch include but are not limited to race, ethnicity and culture; age and professional experience; gender identity and sexual orientation; (dis)ability and impairments; religious beliefs; work-life-balance and needs of parents.

Speaker Announcement

Shaimaa Lazem

Photo of Shaimaa Lazem, the first speaker at the Diversity and Inclusion Lunch.

Shaimaa Lazem is an academic researcher at the City of Scientific Research and Technology Applications (SRTA-City), a research institute in Alexandria, Egypt. At SRTA-City she established a research program in human-computer interaction (HCI). Her research interests include participatory design, cross-cultural collaborations, post-colonial computing, and decolonizing HCI. Her previous projects included designing low-cost education and health technologies and applying learner-centered and flexible learning pedagogies for teaching computer science and HCI.

Lazem has experience working with rural communities. She is the Egyptian lead of a UK-Egypt project to engage Egyptian Bedouins in self-documenting their intangible heritage using mobile phones. She was recently awarded the Leaders in Innovation Fellowship with the Royal Academy of Engineering in London to design an archival platform for marginalized communities to self-document their indigenous knowledge. Lazem is the Chair of the Cairo ACM SIGCHI Professional Chapter in Egypt (CairoCHI) and the Cofounder of the ArabHCI community.

Elizabeth Buie

Photo of Elizabeth Buie, the first speaker at the Diversity and Inclusion Lunch.

Elizabeth Buie is a Senior User Experience Consultant at Sigma Consulting Solutions Ltd, based in the Cambridge (UK) office. After 35 years in industry practice involving various aspects of HCI, Elizabeth moved across the Atlantic at age 60 to begin her PhD. She completed her PhD in Design Research at Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne) in 2018, working under the supervision of Professors Mark Blythe and Gilbert Cockton. Her research investigated ways in which design could contribute to technologies aimed at enhancing transcendent experiences. Elizabeth constructed a grounded theory of transcendent user experiences, developed a design game to facilitate envisioning ideas, and created new forms of design fiction to support exploring the ideas generated.

Elizabeth has been involved with the CHI community since 1982, when she attended the Gaithersburg (Maryland) conference. In recent years, in addition to presenting parts of her PhD research in various venues at CHI, DPPI, and NordiCHI conferences, she has been a leader in the efforts to bring HCI research and UX practice closer together, most recently serving as Industry Liaison for CHI 2019.

One of her particular professional interests concerns the needs of older adults, and being herself an older adult helps her both understand and communicate to clients the special challenges that members of this population can face.

Diversity & Inclusion Lunch Chairs


Anke Brock, ENAC – Université Toulouse, France
Nitesh Goyal, Google, New York, US
Gopinaath Kannabiran, Aarhus University, Danmark
Anicia Peters, Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia

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