About Us

Uplift is a nonprofit organization dedicated to combatting sexual and emotional violence in online communities through education and advocacy. Through years of experience in this unique line of work, we have developed a toolkit to empower organizers to shape their conventions into safer and more inclusive spaces for all attendees.

Training

Uplift trainers provide training customized for your audience and event on creating safe events through bystander intervention, supporting survivors, and strong policies.

Staff Training

Designed for those planning and running a convention


  • Working with survivors
  • Bystander intervention
  • Creating a safe atmosphere at your event
  • Location-specific resources

Volunteer Training

Designed for attendees helping out with the convention


  • Bystander intervention
  • Escalating to staff
  • Creating a safe atmosphere at your event
  • Location-specific resources

Designed For You

Each training includes a pre-training and post-training call to tailor the material to your needs and answer additional questions.

In Person or Virtual

We are happy to conduct the trainings onsite at your convention or through the virtual meeting site of your choice.

Fits your schedule

Our trainings include 45 minutes of content with 15 minutes of Q&A. Want more or less, just ask!

Actionable

A resource sheet of key takeaways customized for you.


Exhibiting

Have members of Uplift on-site to interact with attendees for the duration of your convention.

Convention Safety Resources

Uplift will develop convention safety resources geared for attendees at your convention. You can include these in the gift bags for all attendees or we can hand these out to people who stop by our booth.

Convention Survey

Uplift will create a custom safety survey for your event through our survey tool: Elephant At The Con. After the convention, we will analyze the results and create a report for your staff of qualitative and quantitative data.

Expo Hall Booth

Uplift represents will exhibit in your vendor hall, interact with attendees, hand out convention safety resources, and contribute to a safe atmosphere at your event.

Policy Consultation

An Uplift representative can review your code of conduct, volunteer policy, or incident response plan. We will provide specific suggestions for improvement so it is clear, promotes safety, and is specific to your organization and event.

We can advise you as you create easily understandable and comprehensive policies, as well as concrete strategies for sharing these important policies with your attendees. Unsure who a survivor should talk to immediately following an incident, or how to respond empathetically and fairly? We're here to help!

Programming

All our programming is customized to your event.

Creating Safe Spaces

Online and at cons, fostering safe community spaces is crucial. Members of the Uplift team will cover the basics of creating safe, inclusive, and appropriate community spaces for your organization or club, whether IRL or virtual. From setting community expectations, to working through challenging situations, to dealing with abuse in the community, we'll discuss how to maintain the right standards and expectations for everyone.

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Positive Fandom

As fans, our fandoms are part of our identities. We make our communities our homes. Existing in these spaces demands that we examine our actions and mindsets, forging a collective way forward. Discussion is the first step. Members of Uplift, along with creator and fan representatives will discuss where this community stands, what still needs work, and how we can move forward.



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Fan / Creator Dynamics

As online communities grow, prominent members amass huge followings and fame. These internet celebrities are often subject to harassment, especially if they are a member of a marginalized group. However, they also have power over their fans. Some have taken advantage of this dynamic to sexually harass their followers. In this talk, we'll dive into these complex dynamics and discuss how individuals and platforms can ensure all involved can be part of a safe and healthy online community.

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#MeToo: How our communities fit into the movement

Though it originated in hollywood, the me too movement has spread like wildfire to nearly every industry and community. Online, gaming, and fan communities are not exempt. We’ll talk about how we can take advantage of the power of this movement to make our communities safer.







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Our Clients Say...

“ I highly recommend Uplift for any convention or event. They specialize in con and fandom-leaning events. Their staff are top-notch and really know their stuff”

Staff Member at Anime Milwaukee after participating in our Convention Staff Training

“ [Uplift] did a great job crafting our code of conduct! ”

Founder of Tech Ladies, a community that connects women with the best opportunities in tech

“Dynamic and engaging presentation! Grace was very knowledgeable & brought the right amount of levity to the topic. Great suggestions for how to understand, connect with, and empower [people] to protect themselves.”

Attendee feedbackfrom our presentation: How to Help Youth Struggling with Sexual Violence in Online Communities.

“ Our staffers were starving for training and the folks at Uplift were indispensable to them. Uplift gave the MAGFest community space to explore how to confront challenging topics freely; their survey illuminated the important steps we need to take to make our event safer for everyone. ”

MAGFest Volunteer Manager

“This year I felt much more prepared to deal with the reports that I received, and felt more confident in the way I responded. The staff training helped me be more confident that I could interact with victims of harassment in an empathetic and understanding way. [Uplift’s] training gave concrete examples and phrasing that I found extremely useful.”

Caitlin Antel, Tekko Harassment Reporting OfficerAfter participating in our Convention Staff Training

“ Jennifer was exactly what our convention needed! She cut straight to the core of our values — and our vulnerabilities — to address issues relevant to our organization. Her specific examples of our power dynamics really helped us, and the depth of her preparedness fired up our engagement. We knew that she cared about our issues, and wanted to help.”

Attendee feedback from our presention: Consent and Power Dynamics

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