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VTID Alumni Slack

The Virginia Tech Industrial Design Alumni Slack community was created for alumni of the VTID Program to come together and connect. If you're a subscriber of our email newsletter, you can find the Slack link in every newsletter. If not or you have trouble locating the link and you are a VTID alum, please reach out for an invite to the Slack community.

What is the VTID Alumni Slack

The VTID Slack is a networking and socializing space for both alumni and VTID faculty (current and former). We wanted to create a place where our VTID community can reconnect, share opportunities with one another, organize, and reminisce. The Slack is still trying to find its footing and will grow and develop with those who are active in the space. Please feel free to reach out with any suggestions for how to improve the space or new channel ideas!

Slack Admins

  • Anna Stapor

  • Chelsey Pon

  • Jonathan Beckwith

  • Kevin Chee

  • Kristina Danielyan

  • Landon Mason

  • Mars Mashburn

  • Stephen Lynn

Channels

#intros: We’re so happy you’ve joined! Say hello to the community and share a little bit about who you are, where you live, a fun fact. Feel free to include your grad year and where you work if you’d like.

#announcements: Announcements by admins about VTID and IDAB (upcoming events, initiatives, and more).

#design-critiques: A place for anyone looking for feedback. Ask the group to take a look at your portfolio, resume, personal project, etc and receive helpful (and respectful) responses.

#general: For topics related to design, academics, the VTID community, that sort of thing.

#random: Memes, GIFs, water cooler convo. Just keep it safe for work and respectful.

#jobs-and-opportunities: Share job openings, freelance opportunities, and more with the community. Also a place to share with others that you are looking for work.

#sketch-club: A fun, informal place to post sketches/drawings/2D creative media meant to inspire and motivate participants to sketch regularly (but no pressure ;)), share ideas, tips and tricks, provide and receive constructive feedback, and build community around a shared interest of visual communication.

Best Practices

It’s always good to be considerate of others when interacting with a Slack space and we like to follow Slack’s etiquette tips. For example, if the app is becoming too noisy because other members aren’t responding to a discussion topic within threads, Slack can quickly be seen as annoying and frustrating to those not involved in the conversation.

  • Be respectful: Treat others with respect and avoid using offensive language or making personal attacks.

  • Help out: If you see someone in need of assistance, offer to help.

  • Use the right channel: Post in the appropriate channel for the topic you're discussing.

  • Thread conversations: Respond to posts by replying in the thread to minimize excess noise for other members so that they do not become overwhelmed or overly notified about messages from one channel.

Our Commitment to our Community

We want everyone to feel welcome and safe in the VTID alumni community regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, political stance, or technology choices.

Code of Conduct

  1. Respect: All members should treat each other with respect and refrain from any form of harassment, discrimination, or hate speech.

  2. Professionalism: Community members should conduct themselves in a professional manner and refrain from using offensive language or engaging in personal attacks.

  3. Inclusivity: The community should strive to be inclusive and welcoming to all members, regardless of their background or identity.

  4. Privacy: Members should respect the privacy of others and refrain from sharing personal information without permission.

  5. Spamming: Spamming or sending unsolicited messages is not allowed.

  6. Confidentiality: Members should not share confidential or sensitive information without permission.

  7. Channel use: Members should use the appropriate channel for their message or question to keep conversations organized.

  8. Feedback: Feedback is encouraged and community members should feel free to give and receive feedback in a constructive manner.

  9. Helping others: Community members should help and support each other whenever possible.

Consequences

If you feel someone has acted inappropriately, please report the behavior to an admin. The admin team may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or removing them from the group

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