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We often use the terms ‘marginalized’ and ‘minority’ to describe who is appropriate to lead a ConTessa event. These are catch-all terms meant to describe who we’re looking for without having to get into too many specifics so we can avoid getting into the nitty gritty pain of deciding who’s in and who’s out. By and large, these terms presently apply to: women, people of color, queer people, and disabled people.
Unless otherwise specified, all events marked as ‘ConTessa’ are open to leadership by anyone considered marginalized. Events marked ‘ConTessa Women’, ‘ConTessans of Color’, and ‘QueerTessa’, however, are limited in leadership to those who fit within those groups. It is, of course, possible to fit in every one of these groups!
If you have a question as to whether or not you would qualify as a leader, feel free to send our staff a message asking for clarification. Our goal is always to be more inclusive than exclusive while still maintaining identity, so we’re always open to talking to anyone who might feel like they should belong, but aren’t directly called out.