Re: Encouraging diversity through the SIGs

Lee Calcote

Yes, clearly, supporting and encouraging diversity is well-placed suggestion. +1.

Steve, I thought of sending this same request earlier. I agree. Examples would elicit desired behavior as well as provide a guiding light to SIG participants. A related challenge  that I occasionally see various communities facing is the absence of individuals of diverse backgrounds ever initially engaging, making it hard to welcome them in their absence. Hopefully, efforts here help overcome the challenge of first-contact inertia.

- Lee

On May 30, 2019, at 8:28 AM, Stephen Watt <swatt@...> wrote:

Might I suggest that along with the requirements we include specific examples for the SIG leads for how they might go about increasing the diversity within their SIG? SIG leads might be supportive but not actually know how to go about it.

On Thu, May 30, 2019 at 8:16 AM Erin Boyd <eboyd@...> wrote:

On Thu, May 30, 2019 at 1:06 PM Vineet Gupta <vineet.scm@...> wrote:
Indeed +1 

This is great !


On Thu 30 May 2019 at 12:31, Stephen Augustus <Stephen@...> wrote:
Huge +1!!

On Thu, May 30, 2019, 07:29 Liz Rice <liz@...> wrote:
Alexis just shared an idea with me that I think is so great that I wanted to act immediately! This comes out of discussions with several folks at KubeCon and elsewhere about how we can improve diversity at all levels of the community. 

Now that we’ve formalised the existence of CNCF SIGs, they’re a great place to scale out the diversity effort. Let's add to the CNCF SIG requirements that they need to have initiatives in place to actively encourage diversity (of all sorts) within their activities. 

The goal should be nurturing a more diverse range of people into positions like SIG Tech Leads and Chairs, and other SIG-specific roles (e.g. taking part in security assessments in SIG security). The SIG Chairs would need to assume the responsibility to make sure this is happening. 

Thoughts & ideas? 


Erin A. Boyd
Senior Principal Software Engineer, OCTO

Red Hat 

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