Confab Equity Scholarship

The Confab Equity Scholarship exists to increase the diversity of voices and perspectives at our events—and in the field at large.

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We envision a more diverse, inclusive, equitable field of practice.

Conferences don’t just reflect the communities they represent. They actively shape them.

Brain Traffic founded the Confab Equity Scholarship program to help build a more diverse, inclusive community far beyond our four days together each year. These scholarships allow us to expand the Confab audience to include people whose experiences are marginalized due to systemic oppression and exclusion.

For Confab 2023, we’re seeking organizations to act as sponsors and partners in our equity scholarship program. Learn more about becoming a Confab Equity Scholarship Program sponsor.

Eligibility

You are welcome to apply for a scholarship if you meet one or more of these criteria:

  • You are a Black person
  • You are a person of color
  • You are an Indigenous person
  • You have a disability
  • You identify as LGBTQIA+
  • You have lost your source of income or are experiencing a financial crisis
  • You can articulate another way you are experiencing inequity

Selection criteria

We will award scholarships based on need, impact, and available funds. If we have more applications than scholarships, a diverse group of reviewers will assist in the selection process.

Scholarship coverage

We ask that applicants be as explicit as possible about their needs and expectations to ensure they have a great experience at Confab. Applicants may request any of the following:

  • A free conference pass
  • Free attendance at workshops
  • Lodging at the conference hotel
  • Airfare or other travel costs
  • Childcare
  • Meals or meal stipends
  • Translation services
  • Special seating, AV, or other accommodations for disabilities
  • Other accommodations (please specify in your application)
“This scholarship was the only way I’d be able to come. I was on unemployment and had poverty-level income last year.”
Equity scholarship recipient
“I managed to watch fabulous people giving very informative and down to earth talks. I learned to take time for myself and appreciate my skills more. As a result I applied for jobs and managed to get myself a new role with a huge pay rise.”
Equity scholarship recipient
“Thank you. Big thank you. It’s been a hard few years and I just could not have afforded to go to Confab, and you made it possible. Now that I’m back on my feet as content strategist, I expect to be able to pay it forward someday!”
Equity scholarship recipient

Tell us how we’re doing!

We aim to make Confab an inclusive place, and we would love for our community to be our accountability partners.

If you have any feedback about our scholarship process, please contact Tenessa Gemelke at tenessa.gemelke@braintraffic.com.