Presented by:


Deb Nicholson

from SeaGL

Deb Nicholson wants to make the world a better place with technology and social justice for all. After many years of local political organizing, she started handling outreach for the Free Software Foundation and became an enthusiastic free software activist. She likes talking to developers about software patents, to project maintainers about leadership and activists about free software. She is currently the Community Outreach Director at the Open Invention Network and the Community Manager at GNU MediaGoblin. She also serves on the board at Open Hatch, a.k.a. Free Software's Welcoming Committee. She lives with her husband in Cambridge, Massachusetts -- surrounded by a community of food nerds and noisy musicians.

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Diversity and inclusion programs with metrics, funding and official support from the top perform better, last longer and are more impactful. Well-articulated goals help projects tout successes, which in turn inspires more participation -- so let's make it official!

Once the hard work of choosing strategies to increase diversity and improve inclusion is done, set aside some budget. It's not fair or sustainable to ask employees to do diversity work "on the side." New hiring protocols, outreach programs and promotion systems take time and training to implement if they're going to succeed. Dedicating resources to inclusion programs creates an environment where it is ok for employees to be transparent about the time and effort they're spending, which is crucial for collecting honest metrics.

Making diversity part of your company or project's success story, demonstrates sincerity and commitment that will help you attract more people that share those goals and will gladly work to achieve them.

2019 November 15 - 14:45
20 min
TALKS 3179
SeaGL 2019 - A Prime Year for Free Software

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