Advancing the Value of Ethnography

Equity at EPIC

We believe ethnography demands a focus on equity. Ethnographers strive to understand people’s worlds on their own terms, and shape organizations, products, and services that are tools for them to build the lives they envision. To do this, we must address the ways we are connected to diverse, global communities through systems that benefit some and disadvantage others.


Learn about our annual fellowship program, scholarships, and accessibility resources.

About Equity Programs

Get Involved

Participate, volunteer, donate! Equity is essential to ethnography and it takes all of us.

How to Get Involved

Equity Council

Developing programs, policy, and organizational capacity for equity.

Meet the Council

Equity Partners

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Cultivating Equity-Centered Leaders

Our annual fellowship leverages the expertise and networks of the EPIC community to provide a program of training, coaching, mentorship, and conference participation for participants for eight months. Applications for the 2024 fellowship closed in January.

This year we are able to accept only 5% of applicants. EPIC is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization, and the need for EPIC equity programs far exceeds available resources and capacity.

Our goal is that everyone in the EPIC community makes a contribution according to their ability:

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EPIC offers scholarships for courses, our annual conference, and membership. The availability of scholarships depends on funding. Financial need is a key consideration in awarding scholarships. With the exception of the EPIC Fellowship, scholarship requests are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year:

If you have questions, please contact:

Equity Council

Ethnography demands a focus on equity. Ethnographers strive to understand people’s worlds on their own terms and shape organizations, products, services, and experiences that are tools for them to build the lives they envision. To do this, we must address the ways we are connected to diverse, global communities through complex systems that benefit some and disadvantage others. Embedded in these systems are inequities of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class/caste, disability, and identity. When we center equity in our work, we make our entire field more just, rigorous, capable, and resilient.

The goals of the EPIC Equity Council are to advance equity within our community and create ​collaborative ​space​s​ for EPIC people to ​embed equity within their work. The council is bringing greater strategic direction to ad hoc equity initiatives, and works with EPIC’s executive director and board to develop equity programs and policies, build organizational capacity for equity efforts, and direct the use of equity funding from sponsors and individuals.

Shakima is the Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at AnswerLab, where she leads the DE&I and talent acquisition functions. She has over 15 years of corporate experience in human resources, strategy, and operations. She is passionate about using research to foster a deeper understanding of company culture and organizational needs while creating spaces where people feel a true sense of belonging. Shakima is co-founder of the EPIC Equity Council, an EPIC board member, and has presented at EPIC conferences and events.

Shakima Jackson-Martinez

Equity Council Chair

Lauren is an ethnographer and qualitative researcher who is currently a Senior User Researcher at Cisco. She has worked at Crown Equipment Corporation, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, University of Latvia, and other organizations, and served on the board of the Museum Education Roundtable. Lauren is a believer in community building and has been an active member of the EPIC community. She holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Washington.

Lauren Monsein Rhodes

Equity Council Chair

Frank is an anthropologist, design researcher, and strategic designer. He has worked in major financial institutions, TECH companies, startups, and consultancies, and taught at Parsons School of Design and Princeton. A long-time EPIC member, he has served on conference committees and co-chaired the PechaKucha committee. As a New Orleanian and the first-generation son of Latin immigrants, the place of race, migration, memory, and local history are core. Frank holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago.

Frank Romagosa

Equity Council Member

Get Involved

Valuing and investing in equity takes all of us. We invite you to participate in programs, donate money, and contribute time and wisdom.

1. Participate in Programs

If you have experienced barriers to inclusion and are interested in initiatives or discounts that support your (or others’) participation in the EPIC community, we invite you to reach out to these folks:

  • With questions or comments about the EPIC Fellowship program, please email Shakima Jackson-Martinez:
  • Information about scholarships and how to request on is located above on this page.
  • Information about EPIC2024 registration fees is here, including discounted rates for students and anyone whose registration is not supported by their employer or organization. If you are in the Global South and experience financial barriers to attending EPIC2024, we invite you to complete this form. We can’t guarantee that discounts will be available for everyone who submits a request, but we do everything we can to offer at least some discount to individuals with significant financial need. If you have questions about the form or anything else related to conference registration fees or equity, please email Laura Schroeder:
  • If you have questions about the accessibility of EPIC events or resources, please email Greg Weinstein and Kate Mesh:
  • If you have questions or comments about anything else equity related, please email and we will find the right person to connect with you!

2. Make a Financial Contribution

We invite you to make a donation, in any amount, according to your ability. 100% of your donation directly supports scholarships and our fellowship program.

3. Leverage Organizational Support

Maximize your impact! We honor organizational contributors as Equity Partners and offer valuable benefits in recognition of their support. Packages are available for partnerships and sole proprietorships as well as large organizations! Contact Jennifer and Simon to find out more about Equity Partnership:

4. Contribute Time and Wisdom

Everything EPIC does is powered by members and volunteers. Please contact us to contribute time, wisdom, and good old “elbow grease” to our equity programs! We’d love your help with training, mentoring, fundraising, project management, and outreach: