Community Benefits Agreement

SCRA Biennial Virtual Community Agreement 

Building and Maintaining Community in a Virtual Conference Space


As we community embark into the unchartered territory of holding biennial in a virtual setting, it is important to reflect on the values and norms that we believe are essential to creating and maintaining community in our virtual space.  In line with SCRA’s mission to leverage the conference space to uproot white supremacy, and to establish norms that are anti-racist, anti-oppressive we are intentionally stating our shared expectations of one another in service of creating spaces where all members feel heard, seen, respected, and valued. Members of SCRA’s Executive Committee and the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Committee have crafted the following recommended guidelines.  It is our hope that these community guidelines serve as the foundation for engagement in each conference space.


Our Shared Values and Commitment to Building and Maintaining Community in a Virtual Conference Space:


  1.  As a community, we value and respect all members, and commit to working together to ensure all members have equitable access to participating in dialogue in conference spaces.


 We provide the following guidelines to ensure facilitators are able to effectively guide virtual discussions in ways that promote dignity and respect:

  • All sessions will require attendees to submit questions for facilitators via chat, (unless otherwise stated)

  • In sessions where attendees are engaged in dialogue, the ‘Raise Hand’ feature in Zoom will be used judiciously.

  • Facilitators will retain the option to answer submitted questions privately or publicly.

  1. As a community, we value diversity, equity, and inclusion, and commit to working together to ensure that our spaces of dialogue and learning are inclusive, anti-oppressive, and anti-racist. 


  1. As a community, we acknowledge and value the importance of reflexivity and critical reflection in scholarship and practice, and commit to working together to promote anti-oppressive, and anti-racist conference norms.


To reinforce these values in practice, we suggest the following approaches to collective reflection and reflexivity to promote dignity and respect in conference engagement:  

  • Approach engagement in a spirit of humility, empathy, openness to inquiry, honest dialogue and self-reflection.

  • Strive to understand how history, power and privilege may shape our thinking and engagement before offering challenging statements

  • Seek to recognize, label and challenge dominant narratives, social norms and structures that underlie intentional and unintentional harms or bias within conference spaces

  • Consider our positionality as it relates to session subject matter, and consider if we are raising questions or statements to challenge new information from a place of intellectual inquiry or personal relevance

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SCRA Biennial Virtual Community Values Agreement 


Our Shared Values and Commitment to Building and Maintaining Community in a Virtual Conference Space


  1. As a community, we value and respect all members, and commit to working together to ensure all members have equitable access to participating in dialogue in conference spaces.

  2. As a community, we value diversity, equity, and inclusion, and commit to working together to ensure that our spaces of dialogue and learning are inclusive, anti-oppressive, and anti-racist. 

  3. As a community, we acknowledge and value the importance of reflexivity and critical reflection in scholarship and practice, and commit to working together to promote anti-oppressive, and anti-racist conference norms.


To reinforce these values in practice, we provide the following guidelines to ensure facilitators are able to effectively guide virtual discussions in ways that promote dignity and respect:

  • All sessions will require attendees to submit questions for facilitators via chat, (unless otherwise stated)

  • In sessions where attendees are engaged in dialogue, the ‘Raise Hand’ feature in Zoom will be used judiciously.

  • Facilitators will retain the option to answer submitted questions privately or publicly.

  • Attendees should approach conference engagement in a spirit of humility, empathy, openness to inquiry, honest dialogue and self-reflection; and strive to understand how history, power and privilege may shape our thinking and engagement  



For additional resources on Holding Virtual Discursive Spaces, we direct members to these guidelines from Visions Inc. and Access to Zen (A2Z)