LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2020) — The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information (CI), in partnership with UK Information Technology Services and the UK Information Diversity and Inclusion Committee, is hosting a gaming panel for students that revolves around women in the gaming industry. The panel, “Women in the Gaming Industry," will focus on discussion on industry inclusion, women’s gaming culture, how women have carved unique spaces for themselves in the world of gaming and changes that need to take place for the industry to be more inclusive.
“We wanted to bring together powerful voices with equally powerful stories to tell current and future generations of women interested in getting involved with the video game industry that there is room for them and that they can help pave the way for a new norm that the industry desperately needs,” said Nathan Stevens, the UK CI college media officer.
The panel — which features academics, streamers, marketing/advertising members and developers — includes:
- Rebecca Heineman, CEO of Olde Sküül;
- Manuela Malasaña, owner/director of Team Dogpit;
- Kishonna Gray, assistant professor of communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago and author of "Intersectional Tech";
- Shira Chess, associate professor entertainment and media studies at the University of Georgia and author of "Play Like a Feminist"; and
- Lizzie Killian, founder of gaming PR firm FIFTYcc.
The discussion will be moderated by UK School of Journalism and Media student Gillian Stawiszynski and will feature UK student and streamer Sienna Douglas.
The discussion is 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct 22, and will be streamed on UK’s Twitch channel.
For more information about the “Women in the Gaming Industry” discussion visit https://ci.uky.edu/ci/women-gaming-industry.
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