diversity initiative

We have a diversity problem.

A quick glance at our founders list on the home page and speakers list for our first conference tells a pretty clear story.

There are any number of reasons to think diversity should not be our primary concern. We have hard issues to face right now with so many in our community out of work for the foreseeable future. When we do go back to work, we have to face the continuing budget, labor and production issues that motivated this community’s existence in the first place. Isn’t that enough?

It isn’t.

We have to do more. If we build our community with a goal of growing our diversity as a foundational focus, we will be stronger for it. We start by acknowledging the issue and educating ourselves to do better.

Recommended insights from other communities:
The Diversity Charter
The Linux Foundation statement on Diversity and Inclusiveness
Creating Inclusive Tech Communities

In time we will outline our goals to move this initiative forward.