[games_access] SIG Update! Election Info Coming Soon!
hinn at uiuc.edu
Mon Sep 20 07:31:24 EDT 2010
Many have been asking about how to get more involved with the SIG...here's how! By running for the new SIG steering committee, which will be the committee that chooses the new chair!
Yes, I have been chair for a VERY VERY long time now but now is the time to allow a new set of leaders to emerge and to allow them to flourish with the backing of others who will be equally involved in the running of the SIG. In the past we have tried to set up a loose committee structure but the IGDA has recently set a formal standard for how a SIG's government should work. And a formally elected committee is the best way to do things -- there's so much to be done in game accessibility and in being a leader within the IGDA and only through a strong team can all this be accomplished well!
To complete the process, we're going to need to hold ELECTIONS!!!! W00T!!!
So while I am stepping down, I will be running for the steering committee so that I can best help transfer years of experience on to the new committee but I cannot be elected as chair. It's time for someone else to chair the SIG. If the SIG decides to elect a fresh slate of folks, I will be still be helping the steering committee with the in's and out's of running a SIG within the IGDA.
And...that all being said...here's what you need to know NOW!!
The incredible Sheri Rubin, who runs the Quality Assurance SIG (among her many, many other high-level IGDA activities -- including Managing Director at the moment...I hope I got that title right, Sheri!), will be managing this process for us, to help avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest on my part and make the whole thing smoother for everyone.
We'll be electing a steering committee who will then appoint a chair. My plan is to step down as chair but still run for a spot on the steering committee to serve as "Chair Emeritus."
Sheri will be sending a number of emails over the next few weeks moving our election process along. I urge you to participate in every step. Thanks for your good citizenship! :)
I'm sure that there will be a ton of comments and questions! Please wait for Sheri to make her formal announcement from the IGDA that she is starting up the SIG Election process. You may, of course, email the list to discuss details and/or contact Sheri directly. Again, please hold your questions until she sends the email to the list explaining what will happen over the next few weeks.
Note One: ONLY FULL PAYING MEMBERS of the IGDA may run for a position on the steering committee and may vote. Those who are qualified at this point in time are already accounted for but there will be a grace period to allow people to renew and/or upgrade their memberships that Sheri will discuss.
Note Two: If you are considering running for the steering committee, I urge you to start thinking about new goals and directions for the SIG and how you've contributed to the SIG to date to include in your election statements. Again, Sheri will have more information about all of this for you so please don't spam the list until you've read what she has to say! :)
Well, that's it! Election time is NOW! It's been an absolute honor to work with you all for so long. We've seen many changes since Thomas Westin officially started the SIG way back when we were a "committee" before we were a SIG. I've had a great time as chair -- yes, it IS VERY hard work to be chair so running for the steering committee is not something to take lightly. But I still believe that our SIG is one of the most important SIGs in the IGDA! I think sometimes we think of ourselves as small but let me tell you -- within the IGDA we are VERY active and a VERY passionate group!! I've amassed many, many great memories of all of our collaborations! Some have been wildly successful...others? Well, not so much but, hey, we've always gotten attention for this great cause of Game Accessibility that we all work for!
So now? Sheri? It's your show! :D
Outgoing Chair, Game Accessibility SIG
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