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Creating a Welcoming & Diverse Space

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A workshop by Aurooba Ahmed, Allie Nimmons, Jill Binder, and David Wolfpaw. Do you run a WordPress event, but noticed only one type of person is attending? You’d love to have more diversity in your group, but folks are either not showing up – or they attend once and don’t come back. What can you do to foster, promote, and support diversity and an inclusive space? In this workshop, we’ll cover 5 topics: Shifting the way you think about diversity; how to attract and foster a diverse community; creating a welcoming environment, both in person and online; how to encourage more people from diverse backgrounds to step up to be speakers and leaders; and how to be a better ally. You will walk away with an action list to start making changes right away. This is not just for organizers, but anyone who wants to champion this kind of environment, now or in the future! Bring an electronic device or computer: There is an accompanying PDF to help you get tangible results.

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Creating a Welcoming & Diverse Space

  1. 1. Creating a Welcoming & Diverse Space
  2. 2. Introduction
  3. 3. Who here is an organizer of a WordPress event or community?
  4. 4. Of those who are organizers, is your event in person or online? In person?
  5. 5. Of those who are organizers, is your event in person or online? Online?
  6. 6. Who isn’t an organizer but is interested in the topic and might want to champion this kind of environment?
  7. 7. What is diversity?
  8. 8. What we’ll be covering 1. Mindset 2. Community 3. Space 4. Speakers 5. Allyship
  9. 9. Workbook http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook Slido slido.com and use code: #A033 Feedback form After Resources
  10. 10. Allie Nimmons - Web designer and developer - Community + Support at GiveWP Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  11. 11. Aurooba Ahmed - Web developer - Writing a course on WP Theme Development Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  12. 12. David Wolfpaw - WordPress Maintenance Specialist at FixUpFox Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  13. 13. Jill Binder - #WPDiversity Speaker Training Lead - Founder, CEO at diversein.tech Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  14. 14. #wpdiversity Allie Nimmons: @allie_nimmons Aurooba Ahmed: @aurooba David Wolfpaw: @DavidWolfpaw Jill Binder: @jillbinder Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  15. 15. Ice Breaker Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  16. 16. Ice Breaker 1. What are your preferred pronouns? 2. What was your first WordCamp? 3. What was your first concert? 4. What’s your nerdy passionate hobby? Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  17. 17. Mindsets before action comes intent Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  18. 18. Story time Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  19. 19. Benefits of diversity and inclusiveness ● Creativity + ● Productivity + ● Interestingness +++Why should you care? Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  20. 20. Fewer people leave Inclusive environments with diverse attendees encourage folks to stay, be more engaged, and become ambassadors. https://thedeamergroup.com/workplace-diversity-inclusion-employee-retention/ Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  21. 21. Variety holds your attention longer and is more fun! vs Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  22. 22. A.L.S.O. 4 interconnected mindsets - Acknowledge - Listen - Speak - Open mindedness Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  23. 23. A: Acknowledging the lack of diversity - Most communities always have room for improvement - Homogeneous environments are echo chambers - Lack of diversity = lack of interesting ideas and perspectives Source: https://www.byalicelee.com/wordpress Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  24. 24. L: Listening and learning from different perspectives ● You cannot change what you don’t know ● Different perspectives allow you to confront your unconscious biases Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  25. 25. S: Speaking in an inclusive manner ● Creating space for different perspectives with your choice of words ● https://youguys.club Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  26. 26. O: Open mindedly approaching situations - There is more than one best way to do something - Accommodate different needs and requirements Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  27. 27. Acknowledging the lack of diversity Listening to different perspectives Speaking in an inclusive manner Open mindedly approaching situations Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  28. 28. Community Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  29. 29. Interests Attitude Goals Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  30. 30. WordPress, JavaScript, SEO, design, accessibility Casual, open, inclusive, educational Casual users & core developers participate, share ideas and get to know each other Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  31. 31. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  32. 32. Creating, fostering and preserving a community rely on these 3 ideas. - Attitude - Interests - Goals Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  33. 33. Create Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  34. 34. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  35. 35. Foster Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  36. 36. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  37. 37. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  38. 38. Preserve Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  39. 39. Interests Attitude Goals Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  40. 40. Speakers started to withdraw from the conference and ticket sales dried up, as organizers demonstrated an unwillingness to do further diversity outreach beyond their initial call for proposals. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  41. 41. Create - Establish what the overall attitude is - What interests need to be highlighted? - What goals do you want people empowered to accomplish? Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  42. 42. Foster - What attitude do you put forth as a leader? - Are you inviting people in who have different interests? - Are you providing resources for people to accomplish their goals? Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  43. 43. Preserve - How do you handle people who challenge the attitude, interests, or goals? Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  44. 44. Community: Exercises 1. Think about the community you lead or contribute to back home. What are your current attitudes, interests, and goals? Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  45. 45. Community: Exercises 2. If you don’t have any right now, what do you want them to be? Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  46. 46. Community: Exercises 3. Identify, out of the ones you want, which would have the biggest impact and what can you do to make it happen? Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  47. 47. Speakers Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  48. 48. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  49. 49. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  50. 50. What would I talk about? I’m not an expert. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  51. 51. Speaker Training & Diversity Outreach Workshop - Imposter Syndrome - 4 hours - Hands on - Impactful Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  52. 52. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  53. 53. tiny.cc/wpdiversity Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  54. 54. Speakers outreach Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  55. 55. Speakers Outreach 1. “Don't teach a lesson, tell a story.” 2. Passionate 3. Learned recently, mistakes made Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  56. 56. Speakers Outreach 4. Start to learn 5. Suggest things you know about them Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  57. 57. Speakers Outreach 6. Diverse Speaker Training workshop: http://tiny.cc/wpdi versity 7. List of suggested topics on speaker application page Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  58. 58. Speakers good practises Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  59. 59. Speakers Good Practises - Speaker selection process - Speaker selection committee - More than one person doing speaker outreach - Diversity in leadership Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  60. 60. Speakers equal and welcome Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  61. 61. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  62. 62. Speakers: Actions - Paid the same - Greeter - Speaker swag - Equal or extra promotion - If liked, tell them - Thank the speaker - Don’t send unmoderated speaker feedback - Public goals and celebration Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  63. 63. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  64. 64. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  65. 65. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  66. 66. Speakers exercises Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  67. 67. Speakers: Exercises 1. If it would be helpful for your group, fill out the form for running the Diverse Speaker Workshop: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversity Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  68. 68. Speakers: Exercises 2. Answer one or more of the following: a. How can you improve your speaker selection process for diversity? b. How can you invite more diverse folks to be on your speaker selection committee and/or as organizers of the event itself? Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  69. 69. Speakers: Exercises c. Whom else can you invite to do speaker outreach who has access to different networks? Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  70. 70. Space Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  71. 71. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  72. 72. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  73. 73. Space actions Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  74. 74. Space: Actions When speaking to a group, don’t use gendered words like: - Guys - Girls - Women - Men - Ladies - Gentlemen - Etc. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  75. 75. Space: Actions - Folks - People - Friends - Assembled guests - Colleagues - Esteemed colleagues - Esteemed Guests - My companions - Partners - All assembled Check language at: https://textio.com/ Instead opt for words like: Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  76. 76. Space: Actions - Childcare - Different times - Elevators and ramps - Venues not centered around alcohol - Washrooms - Scents Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  77. 77. Space: Actions - Sign language interpreters - Pronouns on name badges - Photograph opt-out - Sensory break rooms - Anything else! Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  78. 78. Space: Actions - Live captioning Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  79. 79. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033 Staircase at our former meetup venue
  80. 80. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  81. 81. Space being welcoming Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  82. 82. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  83. 83. Space: Being Welcoming - Say hello - Introduce to others - Ask how they’re doing - Invite to come back - Ice breaker game - Event’s talks - Code of Conduct - Transgression - Leadership Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  84. 84. Space: Exercise 1. Choose 1 or 2 of the accessibility accommodations in your workbook that you will implement. 2. Choose which items of the welcoming attendees and speakers templates in your workbook you will implement. You can change anything to work for your group. Plan when you will share it with your organizing team. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  85. 85. Allyship Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  86. 86. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  87. 87. Everyone has privilege Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  88. 88. More Privilege Less Privilege Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  89. 89. Some privileges include... - Being tall - Great teachers - No accent - US Passport - Access to the news - A car - Secure housing - Loving parents - The Internet - Freedom of speech - Reliable healthcare Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  90. 90. Recognize the need and opportunities for allyship Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  91. 91. 60% Of US states don’t have a ban on sexual orientation AND gender identity discrimination 75% Of all computing jobs are held by men 8% Of disabled individuals are unemployed, which is twice as many as non-disabled individuals 83% Of tech executives are white Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  92. 92. L.E.S.S. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  93. 93. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033 Learn about and create safe environments Expand your sphere of influence Say something Say nothing
  94. 94. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033 Learn about and create safe environments Expand your sphere of influence Say something Say nothing
  95. 95. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033 Learn about and create safe environments Expand your sphere of influence Say something Say nothing
  96. 96. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033 Learn about and create safe environments Expand your sphere of influence Say something Say nothing
  97. 97. Learn about and create safe environments Expand your sphere of influence Say something Say nothing Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  98. 98. Ally: Exercises 1. Take a moment to personally identify which of the following that you feel is the way you’re most comfortable being an ally: ❏ Learning about and creating safe environments for others ❏ Expanding your sphere of influence ❏ Say something by speaking up for others ❏ Say nothing by listening and making way for others Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  99. 99. Ally: Exercises 2. Choose 2-3 action steps you can pledge to take in your daily life in order to use your privilege and be an ally for others. Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  100. 100. Recap - Mindsets (A.L.S.O) - Community - Speakers - Space - Allyship (L.E.S.S) Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  101. 101. Q & A we’ll answer questions from slido, feel free to ask us more after! Workbook: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversityworkbook || Q&A: slido.com code #A033
  102. 102. Thank you! Allie Nimmons: @allie_nimmons Aurooba Ahmed: @aurooba David Wolfpaw: @DavidWolfpaw Jill Binder: @jillbinder
  103. 103. Feedback Form http://tiny.cc/diversityworkshopfeedback

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