Effective Outreach in Four Steps

Saturday, Nov 21st
5:20pm to 6:30pm
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The full potential of Free and Open Source Software is to break down the barriers to technology and to participation, and to include users and contributors from a wide range of backgrounds.

There are four key steps for making communities diverse and inclusive: creating a welcoming environment, teaching skills, fostering connections, and increasing visibility of contributors from underrepresented backgrounds.

Whether you are a prospective contributor yourself who wants to understand what an inclusive community looks like and how to take advantage of available opportunities, an individual contributor to a project wanting to take concrete steps to improve your project's outreach, or a project leader looking to create a comprehensive diversity strategy for your community, this talk will have the information you need.

Marina will share best practices and inspiring stories from her years of experience in Free and Open Source Software diversity outreach in roles including outreach specialist at Red Hat, co-organizer of Outreachy, advisor and director for the Ada Initiative, and outreach lead for GNOME.