Women in IT roles at the University of California formed a university-wide women in tech community and describe the steps they took to get there and the lessons they learned.
Yvonne Tevis is chief of staff in Information Technology Services at the University of California Office of the President. Yvonne has co-led a universitywide IT accessibility initiative for over fifteen years, which has resulted in universitywide policy on accessibility, an accessibility requirement in the UC contract, training for IT staff, and practical guidelines and resources to help all UC staff make the digital environment more accessible. She co-founded the UC Women in Tech Committee, which brings women together from all UC locations to learn from each other and advance opportunities for women in tech at UC. She also edits the UC IT Blog, which publishes stories by IT staff about their projects, events, multi-campus collaborations, awards, and ideas for innovation. A long-time UC employee, she has held writing and editing positions at UC Riverside and UC San Francisco.
Although accessibility standards, laws, and technologies continually evolve, one truth is constant: Accessibility is about people.