In October and November 2022, the #WPDiversity group held an Inclusion workshop and follow-up coaching session, and a full-day in person women speakers event in San José, Costa Rica.
Organizing Diverse & Inclusive WordPress Events
Organizing Diverse & Inclusive WordPress Events Workshop, October 13, 2022
We held a watch party workshop to help Meetup 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 WordCamp 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, or anyone in WordPress who would like to champion this work, hold diverse and inclusive events.
- Number who attended online: 12
- From number of cities: 12
- From number of countries: 8 (Bhutan, Canada, Costa Rica, India, Philippines, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States)
- Self-reported increase in preparedness to run an inclusive event: 30%
“The Inclusion workshop helped me to acknowledge even more how important diversity is and to see where diversity is lacking. I saw how important it is to listen and to learn, and to be ready to create safe places so more people will join and stay in the community. The content was good. The workshop felt like a comfortable and safe space for us to learn. — Carlos Moreira, WordPress Developer, Portugal
Organizing Diverse and Inclusive WordPress Events Follow-up Slack 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, November 17, 2022
As a follow-up to our October 2022 Inclusion workshop, we held a follow-up Slack chat in November to celebrate successes, discuss challenges, answer questions, and have diversity discussions.
Guest coach: D. Squinkifer
Number who attended: 15
From number of cities: 15
From number of countries: 8 (Canada, England, India, Phillippines, Luxembourg, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States)
Diverse Speaker Workshop
WordPress #WPDiversity Speaker Workshop for Women Voices in Latin America, October 29, 2022
We held our first day-long in-person workshop! It was in San José, Costa Rica. The facilitator was over Zoom and spoke English. There were two live translators translating to participants in Spanish and back to the facilitator in English over wireless headsets.
Number who attended: 35
From number of cities: 9
From number of countries: 1 (Costa Rica)
Self-reported increase in public speaking self-confidence scores: 52%
There were a lot of amazing testimonials spoken at the event and provided in the feedback form after. This report will need to be properly updated after the new year along with who said them. In the meantime, here is a preview:
“Before attending, I could not speak or present a topic of my own for fear of what people will say or because of nerves and in this workshop I have achieved it, it is something that I will keep in my mind and I will continue practicing it.”
“I liked the space to speak and learn calmly without judgment. I can speak more confidently and calmly, I learned how to stay calm.”
“The workshop deals with a topic that empowers. I recommend attending, as it is a safe space and at the same time gives a valuable tool.”
Diverse Speaker Support Channel
We have a Slack channel (#diverse-speaker-support) in the Make WordPress Slack for:
- workshopping talks with each other and with mentors 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 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
- getting to know other WordPress speakers and organizers
We are experimenting with effective ways to invite workshop participants to the channel. In September and October, a handful signed up mostly because it was not clear what a Slack username was when we asked for it. Also we offered to help people create their Slack accounts, but everyone whom we did this for got stuck in the middle of process and no one completed it.
We worked on these and in December we had a very high rate. This will go into the December report to be released in January 2023.
A lot of people contribute to making these workshops successful. Thank you to each and every one!
Keep an eye on the list of upcoming #WPDiversity events is posted on the Diverse Speaker Group (#WPDiversity) page in the Community handbook.