SIMBig 2023 adheres to D&I values and aims to guide researchers in our community to adopt a more inclusive mindset in general toward different individuals regardless of their age, gender, gender identity, race, cultural background, religion, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, parental, and marital status, etc. The D&I values imply several efforts to be more inclusive and equitable during our conference. Such efforts include, providing an option for disability and special-needs during registration and the necessary follow-up after registration, facilitating parenting support and child care, organizing a mentorship lunch to foster interactions between senior and junior researchers, collecting and presenting examples of discriminatory behavior and language, encouraging the organization of a panel on minority experiences such as being female, junior, and belonging to a different ethnic/religious group, setting up a reporting board to list up concerns, suggestions, personal stories especially from minorities, and gathering feedback from attendees.
The Diversity and Inclusion chairs this year are Barbara Catania (University of Genoa) Genoveva Vargas-Solar (CNRS, Univ. Grenoble Alpes) and Ester Zumpano (University of Calabria). This initiative refers to the DBCares team following the ACM Policy Against Harassment and ACM processes for Reporting Unacceptable Behavior. Any participant who experiences abuse, discrimination, or harassment may contact SimBig 2023 co-chairs. Please be assured that if you approach us, your concerns will be kept in strict confidence, and we will consult with you on any actions taken.