Sport Changers | Dhayana Sena

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Dhayana “MissDeusGeek” Sena describes herself as a multimedia content material creator, popular culture fanatic, and variety advocate.

Based mostly out of Australia, Sena explains to that her work to uplift ladies and ignored communities grew from her pursuits in gaming and expertise.

In 2018, Sena established Women of Xbox, an unofficial international neighborhood of feminine sport followers and professionals. It started as a Twitter account supporting and highlighting feminine gaming followers.

It has since expanded to a number of social media accounts and a Discord server, with the group boasting greater than a thousand members. There’s additionally a Women of Xbox website that includes interviews with ladies who work in video games and gaming content material creation work.

The extra time Sena spent as a sport content material creator in Australia and New Zealand, the extra she noticed the representational disparities.

The house, she says, is a really white and male-dominated area and spurred her to broaden the character of her work.

“I work rather a lot with younger women to indicate them {that a} profession in video games is viable”

“Quite a lot of the work I do now has shifted to being extra about bringing underrepresented voices collectively, amplifying them, and serving to them notice that they too will be on this house,” Sena explains.

“I work rather a lot with younger women to indicate them {that a} profession in video games is viable. To allow them to pursue profession paths in video games.”

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Actually, Sena explains that the proudest work she’s performed on this area was a women’ gaming occasion in 2018.

“They had been school-aged women, and [you would] see them gentle up and get tremendous excited that they discovered one other lady taking part in video video games. [Then] they spent the entire two hours taking part in video games collectively, laughing, and having a superb time.”

The night was impactful as a result of it helped younger ladies see that they’d friends and will take pleasure in hobbies.

She provides, “The youthful technology felt like themselves and felt empowered to do what they love doing.”

For younger ladies, she notes, “Generally it is so simple as simply letting younger women know that it is okay to play video video games.”

With that in thoughts, Sena works with firms and types to assist them showcase completely different people, which ends up in having a roster of expertise that’s extra inclusive throughout the board.

“I’ve seen that attempting to get manufacturers to work with individuals of coloration was difficult”

She notes that Australia’s gaming house is small in comparison with the US or UK as a consequence of its inhabitants measurement, and DEI work for gaming is usually a extra important problem as a result of fewer individuals are concerned.

“For a very long time up till this 12 months, I’ve seen that attempting to get manufacturers to work with individuals of coloration was difficult. You barely see individuals of coloration in any promoting or advertising,” she explains.

“Clearly, in North America, there is a huge push to see extra of that, so [you’ve seen] extra individuals of coloration in promoting and advertising in any main campaigns [than here] for a really very long time.”

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Sena expounds, “That is the problem that we’ve right here; whereas there’s much more concentrate on being extra numerous, there’s nonetheless a number of work that must be performed. [Most] of time individuals have a look at range, as, ‘Oh we simply want extra ladies.’

“Nevertheless, [companies and brands] overlook that folks from completely different backgrounds, races, and ethnicities exist. They even overlook that individuals who sport are disabled, and you realize there must be that push for accessibility.”

She provides, “It makes my work much more essential as a result of [I can say], ‘Hey, there’s this complete group of individuals you possibly can work with right here.'”

Sena explains that when working with firms, it is also essential that their values match these of her neighborhood.

“I do not prefer to align my neighborhood with any group or model that is not open to being inclusive,” she mentioned.

“If we find yourself working with a magnificence firm that exams on animals, for instance, to me, that does not match with the values of attempting to be good and [making] the world a greater place. What that does is give validation to that model to maintain testing on animals.”

Moreover, Sena notes that if an organization is making energetic modifications in response to previous points, she could be prepared to work with them.

Sena has obtained recognition for her work in gaming, such because the position of Xbox Ambassador. Whereas gaining accolades is good, she has seen them primarily as paths to creating alternatives to assist her neighborhood.

“Being a neighborhood champion implies that I get to work very intently and immediately with a really open and welcoming neighborhood. So it is good to share these awards as a result of it reveals individuals they do it as effectively,” she mentioned.

“It opens doorways not solely with Xbox however different manufacturers and proves to them that this work is clearly significant.”

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Gaining extra credentials has additionally helped her work as a DEI advocate and content material creator. After turning into an Xbox Ambassador, she now has a direct line of communication with individuals she did not have entry to years in the past.

Trying forward for the 12 months, she plans to create a staff to assist the model neighborhood since elevating and advocating for marginalized communities is a number of work.

“It is essential to have completely different voices within the decision-making staff”

After taking a break, Sena additionally intends to revitalize and develop the Ladies of Xbox.

She notes, “There isn’t any I in staff, and every time you might have these [different] communities and organizations, it is essential to have completely different voices within the decision-making staff.”

“I do not get all the things proper; I am all the time conscious that I make errors, too. I need to be sure that the staff is numerous and has completely different voices to allow Ladies of Xbox to thrive.”

Sena provides that she intends to do extra panels for range advocacy, not simply from gaming however for different profession fields.

“Colleges that at the moment are open to listening to individuals discuss in regards to the significance of getting numerous individuals in STEM. For instance, ladies in STEM are such a giant factor right here. So [I’m] attempting to work with faculties and neighborhood schools to assist them [in those efforts to appeal to girls].”

She summarized the upcoming 12 months: “I believe giving again is what the principle theme of 2023 is for me. I have been the sort of one who has been very fortunate within the assist I’ve gotten, so I might prefer to pay that ahead.”


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