DrupalCon Amsterdam 2019: Drupal Diversity & Inclusion: Volunteer-led strategies for the community

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Nov 01, 2019

Tara King, Elli Ludwigson, Alanna Burke

As Dries discussed in the DrupalCon Seattle Driesnote, open source has a serious diversity problem--and that includes our own Drupal community.

The Drupal Diversity & Inclusion (DDI) group is working to make the Drupal community more equitable and more successful. The group of volunteers was founded by and for marginalized individuals in the Drupal community in 2016. We work to create space for important discussions about the Drupal community and for initiatives that support historically-marginalized communities and further their inclusion in the Drupal project. We have over 650 people in our Slack channel, and hold multiple meetings each week.

This talk, presented by members of DDI’s leadership team, will discuss the specific issues facing the Drupal community, as well as what we are doing to address it. Our work includes: creating a safe discussion place for under-represented folks, offering a jobs board, building a resource library, providing workshops to help marginalized people speak at Drupal events, connecting contributors with mentors, providing leadership and advocacy on issues of diversity and inclusion, and more.

We are also striving to improve our presence in the Drupal community and will be discussing some options for how European Drupalers can get involved.

We can make the Drupal project better and stronger by making the Drupal community a place where a wider range of people can participate and contribute their knowledge and skills.

This talk will cover the importance of diversity in building a stronger community, where we've come from, where we're going, and how you can get involved.

This talk will cover:
* Why diversity is important to building a stronger community and platform.
* The state of diversity and inclusion in Drupal
* What the Drupal Diversity & Inclusion group has been doing to improve representation, engagement, and leadership.
* The plans for future DDI initiatives.
* Ways to get involved in diversity issues with DDI, or with your local community or your workplace.

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