SIOBAHN HOTALING - AN INTRODUCTION
Siobahn Hotaling is a senior user experience designer, research consultant, and writer based out of New York City. She has over 25 years of experience in the technology world, as well as many years spent managing and leading teams. Siobahn has worked in many different fields and worn many hats: computer programmer, musician, corporate trainer, marketer, events organizer, creative director. In her free time, she is an advocate for equality, tolerance, and human rights.
While Siobahn’s current full-time job is in user experience design – combining her technology skills with her knowledge of human behavior – her passion lies in the field of psychology, having completed her master’s degree in psychology from Harvard in May 2020. Siobahn Hotaling hopes to ultimately take what she has learned and move into the field of organizational and personal development, specifically in the realm of diversity and bias training.
Siobahn Hotaling’s final capstone project for her masters degree was to develop a comprehensive program to remove implicit biases in individuals. Intolerance has always been something that has affected her on a personal and ideological level, even as a child. Because of this, Siobahn has become very passionate about building a more tolerant world, helping people understand the nature of bias, and creating tools that will facilitate these changes.
In Siobahn’s own words: “We live in a world where people judge others based on the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, the clothes they wear, and – most recently – convoluted or blatantly false information spread about them online, information that they have no control over and cannot erase. I’ve experienced a lot of personal adversity, both through my youth and in my adult life, and I know what it’s like to be discriminated against, prejudged, and misunderstood in many of these ways. But while I have been the target of hatred and rejection, I refuse to victimize myself. I can only do what I can, to contribute in some small way towards making changes on a global level, through working to develop methods to help people remove their judgments and prejudices and trying to gain a deeper understanding about what causes us to be so cruel to one another. On a personal level, all I can do is hope that people will take the time and opportunity to get to know me before they judge, as I hope they will learn to do with all people. We live in a cultural climate where prejudice, racism, and intolerance is rampant, but it it also one where there is room for activism, discussion, and – I hope – progress.
My intent for this website is merely to share a little bit of myself, my thoughts, and my creations. And if you made it this far, I hope you’ll find something that resonates with you.”