Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) AMER/EMEA on September 14, 2022

Attending: @jillbinder, @katiejrichards, @kcrockett, @leogopal, @metalandcoffee, @onealtr, @robinwpdeveloper, @santanainniss, @sc0ttkclark

Facilitator: @katiejrichards

Start: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1663174848435489

Summary

Agenda:

1 Attendance and check-ins (everyone)

2 First time here

3 Comments, questions, ideas (anyone)

4 Plan for the next 3 months! ( @jillbinder )

  • Under the More link at the end of this post

5 Workshops (Speaker & Inclusion) ( @jillbinder )

  • Speaker Workshop for Indian Women in the WordPress Community https://www.eventbrite.com/e/speaker-workshop-for-indian-women-in-the-wordpress-community-sept-24-25-tickets-348466712317
    • Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, 2022
    • 9:00am to 11:30am India time (IST)
  • Looking for women (people who identify as women some or all of the time) volunteers during the workshop:
    • If you’ve done public speaking or are a WP event organizer, you can mentorMentor Someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. people on their talk topics, descriptions, outlines, etc.
    • If you haven’t, there are some behind the scenes admin items that we need help with (letting people in from the waiting room, muting people, checking for questions in the chat that I might miss, etc.)
  • We have 27 signed up. We are aiming for about 35 to register, so help with spreading the word would be much appreciated.
  • October Inclusion workshop: The group started the discussion on what format workshop should be to be able to cover more of the material:
    • 2.5 hours on one day
    • 2 days (1h 30m each)
    • 3 days (1h each)

6 APAC WPDiversity Network Building ( @onealtr )

  • @onealtr shared upcoming WordCamps in APAC, and shared about the APAC WPDiversity Network Building meeting later that day:

    https://twitter.com/oneal/status/1569957008484466693

7 Diverse Speaker Support channel (@kcrockett, @juliarosia, @jillbinder )

8 Marketing ( @santanainniss )

  • @santanainniss shared that she’s been posting about:
    • Creating Inclusive WP Events content (2 parts on different weeks)
    • India Women’s Training
    • APAC meeting

      with really great engagement and click-through numbers!

9 Other Updates + Next meeting facilitator (anyone)

  • @onealtr and @santanainniss are collaborating on a new post describing the APAC WP Diversity meeting. This will be an improved place to drive social media posts to to help bringing more community engagement.

End: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1663178346106139

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Report: Inclusion and Diverse Speaker Workshops May 2022

This month, we held two “Organizing Diverse & Inclusive WordPress Events” discussions.

May 2022

Organizing Diverse & Inclusive WordPress Events – Discussions

Facilitator: @jillbinder

To accommodate the WCUSWCUS WordCamp US. The US flagship WordCamp event. organizers, we held short discussions on two different dates (May 10 and 14, 2022) about the videos on Learn WordPress. Also invited: All event organizers, contributors, and the mentorsMentor Someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. in the #diverse-speaker-support channel.

Total number who attended both: 21 

From number of cities: 23 (one person represented MeetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. in 3 cities/countries)

From number of countries: 8 (Bolivia, India, Nigeria, Philippines, The Netherlands, Portugal, Cabo Verde, United States)

Self-reported increase in preparedness to help create more inclusive WordPress event after taking the workshop: 23%

Testimonials

“I grew from the experience of attending the #WPDiversity workshop. What I took away is that we are stronger together when creating diverse spaces. We see each other’s blind spots and through collaboration we can ensure everyone feels included.” – Winstina Hughes, Community Contributor, US

“This session offered new methods to make events even more inclusive. We absolutely loved discovering that simply changing a few phrases may make meetups & wordcamps even more open to more people.” – WP Swings

“I found the Inclusion training for WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. organizers inspiring and helpful. If you’re involved in events in any way, I recommend it.” – Jonathan Wold

“Five minutes in, I felt inspired to start trying some of these ideas as we restart in person meetups. No matter your goal, there are so many applicable basics for community building in this workshop that anyone attending can take something away that they can use immediately in their community.” – Cate DeRosia, WCUS 2022 Lead Trio, Grand Rapids, MI

“I have a better understanding of real inclusion resources.” – Mike Straw, WordPress Code WranglerWrangler Someone, usually a person part of event organizing team, who looks after certain things like budget or sponsors., Athens, Ohio

“Every bit of training helps!” – Anon

diverse-speaker-support channel

We have a SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel #diverse-speaker-support in the Make WordPress Slack for:

  • workshopping talks with each other and with mentors
  • finding out about WordPress speaking opportunities from WordPress Meetups and WordCamps
  • getting to know other WordPress speakers and organizers

Number of past #WPDiversity Workshop participants who joined in May 2022: 2 

Wins this month: 2

  • One speaker got accepted to speak
  • One speaker got feedback on her presentation

Thank you

A lot of people contribute to making these workshops successful. Thank you to each and every one!

Upcoming

Love this? Come attend a workshop!

Watch https://make.wordpress.org/community/tag/wpdiversityworkshops/ for our next workshop announcement.

#diversespeakerworkshopsreports, #wpdiversity

Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on April 25, 2022

Attending: @jillbinder, @katiejrichards, @kcrockett, @onealtr, @sc0ttkclark, @tantienhime, @volkswagenchick

Attended by proxy: @devinmaeztri, @juliarosia, @angelasjin, @planningwrite

Facilitator: @onealtr

Start: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1651078819539489

Summary

1 Check-ins (everyone)

2 First time here

3 Comments, questions, ideas

  • We talked about holding a prep session for the speakers accepted to WCUSWCUS WordCamp US. The US flagship WordCamp event. from the #diverse-speaker-support channel.

4 Workshops (Speaker & Allyship) (@jillbinder)

  • Nigeria Speaker Workshop, April 24, 2022 went quite well
  • Allyship discussion, April 14, 2022 went quite well
  • We are renaming our Allyship workshops from “Allyship for WP Event Organizers” to “Organizing Diverse & Inclusive WordPress Events.”
  • We created the May 2022 (Cohort 3) Inclusion Workshops to be a good format for the WCUS organizers: May 10 & 14, 2022 for an hour each (also invited: All event organizers and contributors, speaker mentorsMentor Someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. in the #diverse-speaker-support channel)

5 Diverse Speaker Support channel (@kcrockett & @jillbinder)

  • The new workflows and prompts have been going well. Organic conversations have begun!

6 Translations (@jillbinder for @devinmaeztri)

  • The Portuguese BR Lesson Plan has been uploaded!
  • In progress: Italian and French
  • First thoughts are going into Inclusion workshop localization, starting with Italian

7 DEI plans for WordPress events (@jillbinder for @juliarosia, @angelasjin, @planningwrite)

8 APAC (@onealtr)

9 Other Updates + Next week’s meeting chair


End: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1651082620410069

Diverse Speaker Training Group (#WPDiversity) 2021 Year-End Report

Hello everyone! As a follow-up to Matt’s mention of our Diversity work in the State of the WordState of the Word This is the annual report given by Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress at WordCamp US. It looks at what we’ve done, what we’re doing, and the future of WordPress. https://wordpress.tv/tag/state-of-the-word/. yesterday, I wanted to share some data and more detail around our  accomplishments this year.

#WPDiversity Results December 2020-November 2021

In 2021, the Diverse Speaker Training Group (#WPDiversity) expanded from one to three programs: Diverse Speaker program, Allyship program, Diverse Speaker Support program.

Our group and the community held 26 #WPDiversity events this year.

146 participants from at least 66 cities in 16 countries attended these events from December 2020 – November 2021.

People who took at least a portion of our Diverse Speaker workshop reported an increase in self-confidence by 20%.

People who took our Allyship for WordPress Event Organizers workshop reported an increase in preparedness to hold an inclusive event by 52%!

In the Diverse Speaker Support program, as of November 30, 2021, 49 people have joined it so far. 50% (25) of these are people from underrepresented groups who are looking for speaking opportunities at WordPress events.

Testimonials

Testimonial for Diverse Speaker workshop:

“I felt like you were reading my mind on some of these points about what holds us back from speaking. And the brainstorm prompts are all really, really good. I walked away with a ton of ideas and newfound confidence. I’m excited to talk now. This workshop works!”

– Erika Lewis, WordPress Dev, Washington DC

Testimonial for the “Hold Your Own Diverse Speaker workshop” train the trainers:

“I’m excited to replicate the Diverse Speakers workshop in my beloved country, Mexico, and use it to help more women learn the right tools to communicate on stage and in meetings, and be more confident about their skills.”

– Maryl Gonzalez, Co-Founder @ The App Chefs, Guadalajara, Mexico

Testimonial for Allyship for WordPress Event Organizers workshop

“I loved taking the “Allyship for WordPress Event Organizers” workshop along with other organizers and hearing what they’ve done. The checklists in the workbook are helpful in terms of tracking what I have done and what I can still improve. I’d love to see ALL THE ORGANIZERS go through this. This felt like a great complement to other material that WordPress has about not disparaging people; the focus of the Allyship workshop was on how to be actively welcoming.”

– Sallie Goetsch, organizer, East Bay WordPress MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook.

Get Involved in 2022

Want to get involved in this inspiring initiative that makes a tangible difference? Comment on this post or pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” @jillbinder on the WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. for:

  • Attending an “Allyship for WP Event Organizers” workshop or a “How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events #WPDiversity” (aka Diverse Speaker) workshop
  • Having us hold a “How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events #WPDiversity” workshop to bring in more diverse speaker applications for your Meetup or WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more.
  • Being a workshop facilitator
  • Being a workshop mentorMentor Someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. or background administrator
  • Being a Translator
  • Joining our #diverse-speaker-support Slack channel (open to those interested in speaking, speaker mentorsMentor Someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues., and event organizers)
  • Joining our Diverse Speaker Group #WPDiversity to help out with things as needed
  • And more!

I will reply to your message in the new year.

Have great holidays, everyone. Let’s make 2022 our best year yet!

#wpdiversityannualreport

Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on November 24, 2021

Attending: @jillbinder @katiejrichards @heyyearl @onealtr @tantienhime @volkswagenchick @harishanker @wpfangirl @danitto @webcommsat @lmurillom

Start: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1637773337313100

Recent results:

  • An attendee of the Empowering Women Speakers in India workshop in September 2021 spoke for the first time at a WordPress Bengaluru meetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. on Saturday.
  • Another attendee of one of our Diverse Speaker workshops in 2020 has become an avid speaker in 2021 and attributes our workshop as one of the things that helped her get there.
  • The Diverse Speaker channel had 19 past workshop attendees join in October. [I reported 17 in the meeting. Nineteen is the correct number.]
  • Allyship workshop last week: 9 participants from 6 countries. Increase in score coming soon.

Updates from volunteers:

  • @katiejrichards is writing up clear, instructional documentation for marketing for #WPDiversity events
  • @wpfangirl needs to start planning 2022 meetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook., so is going to jump in the #diverse-speaker-support channel and see who is looking for opportunities.

Upcoming workshops:

Translations:

@devinmaeztri is working with our translators to have the Spanish Lat Am and Portuguese BR translations completed by the end of this year.

Volunteer position open for the #diverse-speaker-support channel:

  • Looking for 1-2 volunteers for role.

Open floor:

  • @heyearl made the great suggestion that we share our team’s links and resources with new volunteers so that they can have a go to list of where to follow our activities

End: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1637776993375700

Reports: Allyship and Diverse Speaker Workshops September and October 2021

In September and October 2021, #WPDiversity held:

  • a special train the trainers workshop for empowering WordPress women speakers in India
  • the first two support SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. chats for the new Allyship program
  • a Diverse Speaker workshop for India

And we invited past workshop participants to join the new #diverse-speaker-support channel.

Train the Trainers

Empower Women Speakers For your WordPress Events in India, September 24 & 25, 2021

By special request, a training for empowering WordPress women in India.

Facilitator: @jillbinder

  • Number who attended: 9
  • From number of cities: 7
  • From number of countries: 2 (Indonesia and India)

Testimonials

“I have attended many workshops, but I must say that this workshop was especially useful for me. I want to involve more women in the community and inspire them to speak at our events. Thank you so much for facilitating this workshop. I’m glad I could attend this and I definitely learned a lot.”

– Pooja Derashri, Contributor to WordPress Training, Polyglots, and TV Team, Ajmer, India

“This workshop was more than just empowering because now we are equipped with tools we can start using right away. We also got an immediate support system of people we can go to for consultation and brainstorming. It really helps to know that we are not alone, that there are people in different parts of the world doing the same thing.”

– Devin Maeztri, Contributor to WordPress Community and Polyglots, Jarkarta, Indonesia

“It’s really great to learn how to improve diversity for our conferences and MeetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook..”

– Aris Setiawan, Web Developer, Indonesia

Allyship Program

In our new 3-month Allyship program, we hold support chats in the WordPress Slack #community-events channel in months 2 and 3:

Allyship for WordPress event organizers AMER/EMEA coaching and accountability Slack chat, September 16, 2021

Facilitators: @alliennimmons @jillbinder

  • Number who attended: 10
  • From number of cities: 9
  • From number of countries: 5 (Philippines, UK, South Africa, Canada, and USA)

Allyship for WordPress event organizers AMER/EMEA accountability, October 28, 2021

Facilitator: @jillbinder

  • Number who attended: 7
  • From number of cities: 7
  • From number of countries: 4 (Canada, USA, Nigeria, and South Africa)

Diverse Speaker Workshop

How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events India, September 18, 2021

Facilitator: @onealtr

  • Number who attended: 3
  • From number of cities: 2
  • From number of countries: 2 (India and USA)
  • Increase in public speaking confidence after taking this workshop: 25%

Testimonial

“I have done a lot of public speaking before, but not about tech. I have many ideas of what I could talk about, and this workshop helped me zero in on the kinds of subjects I would like to talk about at WordCamps or Meetups. I’m looking forward to getting more tips from the other parts of the workshop series on Learn WordPress!”

Duane, California

“The workshop is good. It’s great to think of a specific topic to speak about — one that is targeted to your audience!”

– Rahul Sarker, MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. and WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Organizer Kolkata

diverse-speaker-support channel

We have set up a brand-new Slack channel in the Make WordPress Slack for:

  • networking
  • workshopping talks with each other and with mentorsMentor Someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues.
  • finding out about WordPress speaking opportunities from WordPress Meetups and WordCamps

We started sending out invitations to past workshop attendees in mid October.

Number of past #WPDiversity Workshop participants who joined in October: 19

Thank you

A lot of people contribute to making these workshops successful. Thank you to each and every one!

Upcoming: November 2021

Love this? Come attend a workshop!

Allyship for WP Event Organizers AMER/EMEA
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
6pm-8pm UTC

How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events Southeast to Southern Asia 
November 27, 2021
7am-8:30am UTC

How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events AMER/EMEA
To be held during first two weeks of December.
Date announced here soon: https://make.wordpress.org/community/tag/wpdiversityworkshops/

#diversespeakerworkshopsreports

Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on November 10, 2021 (and other recent meetings)

Start: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1636563758199600

Attending: @jillbinder @evarlese @onealtr @tantienhime @katiejrichards @webcommsat @devinmaeztri @ojas @heyyearl

New volunteers

We welcomed new volunteers who recently joined: @ojas @heyyearl @faizan

Recent workshops

  • October 28, 2021: Allyship for WP Event Organizers Accountability SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. chat was great. Seven attended.
  • November 6, 2021: Empower Women Speakers For your WordPress Events in Latin America. Our first hybrid in-person and online event. Very great event! 25 attended (23 in person, 2 online)

Upcoming workshops:

Allyship for WP Event Organizers AMER/EMEA

Can you please share these posts to help us get the word out:

  • https://twitter.com/wordpressevents/status/1458147937188564995
  • https://twitter.com/jillbinder/status/1458134770882338821

How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events Southeast to Southern Asia 

Can you please share these posts to help us get the word out:

  • https://www.facebook.com/WordCamp/posts/359157819333666
  • https://www.linkedin.com/posts/make-wordpress-marketing-team_how-to-own-your-expertise-start-speaking-activity-6861317168068390912-spIH

Volunteer Opportunity

We are looking for “interactive watch party” facilitators for our two workshops. We would create a path together to help you get comfortable with it before starting to present.

Translations

Most items were translated in time in Spanish Latin America and Portuguese Brazil for the Latin America workshop this last weekend, but a few items are remaining in both languages. Please pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” @devinmaeztri on Slack if you can help.

Marketing

@katiejrichards is going to put together a checklist for the new process for how Marketing and #WPDiversity will work together.

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Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) Chat Agenda | Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 5-6pm UTC. The next meeting is tomorrow. It takes place in the #community-team SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel.

We welcome new volunteers! Come drop in and see if you enjoy what we do.

Agenda

  1. The announcement went out and the new programs are live!
  2. Welcoming any new volunteers who come to the meeting
  3. Join our 2 channels on the WordPress Slack for our 2 new programs: #diverse-speaker-support and #community-events
  4. Our two workshops coming up: Allyship on Thurs, Aug 19th and Diverse Speakers a week later either on Fri, Aug. 27 or Sat, Aug. 28. We would like everyone on the team to have attended at least one Allyship and at least one Diverse Speakers workshop.
  5. Small volunteer ask: Help with on-boarding August Diverse Speaker workshop participants onto #diverse-speaker-support
  6. Small volunteer ask: Reach out to a list of people in our group who have qualified for the Community badge
  7. Small volunteer ask: Reviewing and editing our new Handbook doc describing our new programs
  8. Open discussion

If for any reason you cannot attend the meeting live but still want to be involved, please comment on the post to introduce yourself. Share a bit about your WP background and what area you want to help with.

Please leave a comment of anything else that should be added to the agenda for discussion.

Announcement and Call for Volunteers: Expanding #WPDiversity to three programs

TL;DR The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) is launching 3 new programs:

  1. Diverse Speaker Workshops
  2. New: Diverse Speaker Support
  3. New: Allyship program

We have great opportunities for volunteers to get involved with all three programs.


Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) in the WordPress Community Team is growing once again!

This group has been helping WordPress meetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. and WordCamps attract and develop more diverse speakers since late 2017. In 2020 alone, we quintupled our impact by reaching 71 cities in 17 countries, and participants reported a 20% increase in public speaking confidence! (Check out our impact in our monthly reports.)

With your help, we will expand #WPDiversity to three programs to continue to work towards meeting the shared vision of diversity, equity and inclusion at WordPress events around the world.

We formed these three programs based on the community’s input on “Re-imagining the work of the Diverse Speaker Training group” for 2021.

1. Diverse Speakers Workshops:

Challenge

Often the speaker lineups of our meetups and WordCamps look alike and come from a similar background. There are many other voices that aren’t being heard as much: women, LGBTQIA+ individuals (which include non-binary, trans and genderqueer folk), people of color, people of different physical abilities, neurodivergent people, people who are older, etc.

Since the events of 2020, many meetups also haven’t had the bandwidth or confidence to run our workshops for themselves in their local communities any more. How can the WordPress Community Team support more diverse contributors, organizers, and leaders in WordPress?

The “Diverse Speaker workshops” from the Diversity Speaker Training working group (#WPDiversity) is a “stealthy,” highly effective way. We don’t ask people to be leaders. We bust through their impostor syndrome and help them find topics that people want to hear. Once they take that first step, many go on to do more.

Solution: Program 1 –  Diverse Speaker Workshops

The Diverse Speaker Training working group will continue to run the workshop for the global community directly, which we started doing in response to the pandemic in 2020. Now that the workshops are up on Learn WordPress, it is easier for more people to join our team and run our workshops for the global community.

We also support and encourage meetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. and WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. organizers to run a live or watch party workshop for your local communities yourselves. We are happy to help you get set up.

“Before taking the workshops, I didn’t have the confidence for public speaking. Thanks to these sessions, I can relax, gather my thoughts, and proceed with my presentation. I would recommend this workshop to people of color in the WordPress ecosystem. You belong here; it’s a no-judgment zone where you can find your authentic voice.”

– TC, Learner Advocate, @codebrother1, USA

“LOVED the #WPDiversity Workshop! It really inspired me to bring this type of content to the WordPress Mexico community and bring more diverse groups into speaking at our Meetups and WordCamps. ¡Muchas gracias!”

– Maryl Gonzalez – Co-Founder / Lead UXUX UX is an acronym for User Experience - the way the user uses the UI. Think ‘what they are doing’ and less about how they do it./UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing. Designer | Scrum/Agile PM – The App Chefs

2. New Diverse Speaker Support program:

Challenge

With the loss of in-person events, the road between Diverse Speaker workshop and public speaking was challenged, as the number of local groups running the workshop to encourage speaking at their own events dwindled. As mindset-shifting and confidence-boosting as our speaker workshops are, the most change happens when someone gets up to speak and has a good experience. We want to help people get on stage as soon as possible.

Solution: Program 2 – Diverse Speaker Support

Our working group is starting up a new SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel, #diverse-speaker-support, to provide continued support for our workshop participants. There will be mentorship, networking, and most importantly, support to apply for speaker spots in meetup and WordCamps!

3. New Allyship program:

Challenge

There were events in 2020 that raised awareness and discussions about global inequality issues and social justice. As a result, our event organizers are more aware of diversity issues, but at the same time, feel nervous about being good allies and creating inclusive events.

Solution: Program 3 – Allyship

Our working group is launching a new Allyship program. We will train our WordPress meetup and WordCamp organizers with the Learn WordPress workshop “Creating A Welcoming and Diverse Space.”

This program will be in quarterly cohorts:

  • Month 1: A private, supportive, hands-on, interactive workshop over Zoom. You will walk away with an action list to start making changes right away.
  • Month 2: Public Slack coaching on #community-events
  • Month 3: Public Slack accountability on #community-events

Once people have gone through one cohort, the WP Community would love it if they continue participating in the Slack coaching and accountability sessions in future quarters. People are also welcome to re-take the workshop at any time as well.

“As an organizer of a large event, we’re overwhelmed with many challenges and often overlook diversity. But building a diverse and inclusive event is at the coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. of what makes an event extraordinary. This workshop helped me understand these benefits while also providing simple concepts that are easy to comprehend and implement step by step.”

—Eric H., New York

“Before I took this workshop, I thought to have done a good job organizing inclusive and welcoming events. Thanks to this session, I realized how far I am from that. This workshop gave me a lot of inspiring ideas to put in place! I would recommend this workshop to anyone looking to achieve more diversity in their events or communities.”

—Alessandro R., Italy

Call for Volunteers

In order to accomplish these ambitious goals this year, the Diverse Speaker Training working group would like to invite you to participate!

Why volunteer with our team?

  • Our work is inspiring and feels good.
  • We make a difference in the community — with tangible results to show it.
  • We are a highly driven group with high impact. We get the right things done.
  • You will learn a lot! You get great experience and training that you can use. Past volunteers have gone on to lead other groups or get job promotions. 🙂
  • We value your ideas and input.

Volunteers

What: Our working group has all kinds of roles, from helping us develop the new programs to maintaining our current program. Workshop trainers, mentorsMentor Someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues., translations, marketing, behind-the-scenes admin, and more. We also welcome people to just hang out in our meetings to participate in discussions and be available for small one-time contributions. Specific roles come up organically as we move forward, and you are also welcome to suggest creating a new role that inspires you and will assist the team in our mission.

When: You can participate as much or as little as you would like. We’d love it if you could attend meetings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 5-6pm UTC. Not required, but very valued.

You’re a good fit if: You have a strong desire to bring more diverse voices into WordPress events, and you want to help shape how that happens. You do not need to have any prior experience, but a willingness to share ideas, collaborate, and help define and tackle tasks would be amazing.

Please Note

Our working group needs volunteers to help move this important initiative forward. If you have signed up for something, we are relying on you! We understand that things do come up, so if you commit to a task and are unable to complete it or fulfill your role, please tell us as early as possible. The sooner you tell us, the easier it is to make sure your task is covered.

Estimated time commitment:

  • Group meetings: 60 minutes every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 5pm UTC.
  • Attend our Diverse Speaker workshop at least once (est 2 hours).
  • Attend our Allyship workshop at least once (est 2 hours).
  • The rest is up to how much time you would like to give.

If you’d like to take part in this working group, please comment on this post or come and attend our next meeting (2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 5-6pm UTC on the #community-team Slack channel). I will then reach out to interested folks. If you have questions, please also feel free to comment on the post. I look forward to working with you and together creating something wonderful!

Thanks to @angelasjin and @evarlese for their feedback on this post!

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