Workshops from #WPDiversity: October and November 2021

We have workshops for underrepresented community members and for WP event organizers coming up in October and November, 2021. Please join us and help us spread the word!

Allyship for WordPress event organizers AMER/EMEA Accountability

The cohort of the first Allyship program is meeting for an 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 about the actions they are taking after the first Allyship for event organizers workshop. Although this session won’t have coaching as one of the main focuses, we will still welcome open discussion.

Others who did not attend the workshop are welcome to participate or lurk. 🙂

Thursday, October 18, 2021
5pm-6pm UTC / 1pm-2pm ET
#community-events Slack channel

Empower Women Speakers For Your WordPress Events in Latin America

A hybrid event in-person in San José, Costa Rica, and over Zoom for women WordPress organizers in Latin America to learn to run Women Speaker workshops.

We will teach you how to run the 4-5 hour workshop that will:

  • Help you understand some of the reasons why women aren’t submitting talks
  • Help the women in your communities overcome their personal barriers to public speaking at your WordPress events
  • Help them create a talk title, pitch, outline, bio, and slide deck
  • Give the new women speakers motivation and confidence to start speaking
  • Increase how many women are giving talks in your community

Saturday, November 6, 2021
1pm-5pm CST
San José, Costa Rica and over Zoom

Register now

Allyship for WordPress event organizers AMER/EMEA

After a successful cohort 1 in August, we are beginning cohort 2 in November. Members of cohort 1 are invited to return and join our new members.

A 2-hour interactive watch party online to learn how to create welcoming and diverse 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 for your WordPress community.

This is not just for organizers, but anyone who wants to champion this kind of environment, now or in the future.

Do you run or attend WordPress events and notice only one type of person is attending? You’d love to see more diversity represented, but people are either not showing up — or they attend once and don’t come back. What can you do to be a good ally to foster, promote, and support diversity and an inclusive space?

We know that you have good intentions and really want to do things “right”, and therefore need a supportive space to talk through sensitive real-life challenges, so this watch party workshop will NOT be recorded.

This interactive watch party workshop was created by Allie Nimmons, Aurooba Ahmed, David Wolfpaw, and Jill Binder 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. US 2019.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
6pm-7pm UTC / 1pm-3pm ET

Register now

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

Does the thought of speaking at one of our WordPress Meetups or WordCamps intrigue you? Do you identify as a person from a marginalized and underrepresented group (in terms of gender, race, class, caste, sexuality, ability, age, etc.) who is thinking about speaking at a 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. or WordCamp in the Philippines, India, Indonesia, or other nearby timezone? Do you think you don’t know or have anything worth speaking about?

This workshop is for you!

This interactive watch party workshop will be held in English.

Saturday, November 27, 2021
0700H-0830H UTC / 1500H-1630 GMT+8 / 1230H-1400H IST

Register now


We will be holding a “How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events” for AMER/EMEA in December. Stay tuned!

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Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) Agenda | Wed, Oct 13, 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 — Wednesday, October 13, 2021. 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 and curious volunteers! All are welcome.

Agenda

  1. Report – how group members doing on items they’re working on for us?
  2. Translations
  3. Update on September 2021 workshops
  4. Chatting about upcoming events:
    1. Upcoming: October 28 Allyship accountability
    2. Upcoming: November 6 Empowering Women in Latin America
    3. Upcoming: November Allyship workshop (cohort 2!) — figuring out the date
    4. Upcoming: November 27 speaker workshop Southeast to Southern Asia
    5. Upcoming: December Allyship coaching and accountability — figuring out the date
    6. Upcoming: December speaker workshop Americas and Europe — figuring out the date
  5. Update on #diverse-speaker-support channel
  6. Jill away Oct 17 – 26, 2021
  7. Open discussion (if time)

Meetup Organizer Newsletter: September 2021

Hello friends,

Welcome to the September 2021 edition of the 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. Organizer newsletter! Read on to stay updated on the latest tidings from the WordPress Community this month. 

Newsletter contents:

  • Updated Guidelines for In-person WordCamps
  • Online event updates
  • Tuesday Trainings
  • News from the WordPress world

🔙⛺️ [Announcement] Guidelines for returning to In-person WordCamps

Flowchart representing updated guidelines to in-person WordCamps detailed above.

The Community Team published new guidelines for returning to in-person WordCamps in regions where in-person events are allowed by the local public health authority. You can now organize in-person WordCamps for fully vaccinated, recently tested negative, or recently recovered folks (in the last 3 months) — provided your region passes the in-person safety checklist OR if vaccines and/or COVID testing are accessible to all. If your region does not meet these criteria, please continue to organize online events.

Does your region meet the updated in-person 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. guidelines, and do you want to apply to organize an in-person WordCamp following the guidelines described above? You can do it by submitting the WordCamp application form right away!

 🌍🎪 Online event updates

Get excited for WordCamp US 2021!
Get your free tickets for the biggest WordCamp in North America – WordCamp US 2021 before they run out! The organizing team has opened up calls for contributor stories and chat directors. If you are interested, you can organize a watch party for WCUS in the form of an “attendee pod” too! Check out the event website and follow the event on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to stay updated on all that #WCUS news.

Join the WordPress Translation Day Celebrations throughout September 2021
The month-long International WordPress Translation Day celebration is happening this month! Be a part of the celebrations by organizing a local translation day sprint for your meetup, joining the global events from September 17 to 30, or by nominating your local polyglots leaders. Don’t forget to sign up for the Polyglots newsletter to stay updated on the latest news!

Upcoming WordPress events 

Sign up fo the upcoming workshop: Empower women speakers for your WordPress events in India 🇮🇳 (September 24-25 2021 9am-11am IST)! The #WPDiversity team is also planning a preview workshop to see how this is run this week. (September 18 7pm-8:30pm IST)

🛠 Tuesday Trainings

Check out our Tuesday Trainings (#TuesdayTrainings) where the Community Team publishes a different topic on our blog each week to help organizers and interested community members:

Is there a question you’d like to see answered, or a topic you’d like to see discussed? Send an email support@wordcamp.org with the subject line “Tuesday Trainings”!

🗞 News from the WordPress world

  • WordPress 5.8.1 is out! The CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. Team is actively working on WordPress 5.9: Don’t miss the roadmap and planning posts. The team aims to ship the release by December 14.
  • We launched GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ Version 11.3 and Version 11.4 this month
  • Help the Test Team explore BlockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. Theme switching by sharing feedback on the process.

If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. are available to help. Please send an email to support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events 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. Thanks for everything you do to grow the WordPress community. Let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions! 

We will see you online soon!

The following people contributed to August’s Meetup newsletter: @courtneypk @evarlese @eidolonnight @jillbinder

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#WPDiversity Events in September (attention India!)

Thursday, September 16, 2021 @ 5pm-6pm UTC

Allyship for WordPress event organizers AMER/EMEA Coaching and Accountability

The cohort of the first Allyship program is meeting on the #community-events 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 for the first Coaching and Accountability chat about the actions they are taking after the first Allyship for event organizers workshop. The guest coach will be @alliennimmons.

Saturday, September 18, 2021 @ 7pm-8:30pm IST

How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events IST

Does the thought of speaking at one of our 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. or WordCamps intrigue you? Do you identify as a person from a marginalized and underrepresented group (in terms of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, age, etc.) who is thinking about speaking at a 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. 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. in India or a nearby timezone? Do you think you don’t know or have anything worth speaking about?

Or are you a meetup or WordCamp event organizer or other person signing up for the “Empower Women Speakers For Your WordPress Events in India (Sept 24&Sept 25),” and want to improve the diversity of your speaker lineups?

This workshop is for you!

Register now

Friday, September 24 to Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 9am-11am IST

Empower Women Speakers For Your WordPress Events in India

Have you ever had trouble getting women to speak at your WordPress meetups or WordCamps in India?

We will teach you how to run the 4-5 -hour workshop that has been proven to increase the number of Women speakers in WordPress Communities all over the world. You will learn to:

  • Understand some of the reasons why women aren’t submitting talks
  • Help the women in your communities overcome their personal barriers to public speaking at your WordPress events
  • Help them create a talk title, pitch, outline, bio, and slide deck
  • Give the new women speakers motivation and confidence to start speaking
  • Increase how many women are giving talks in your community

Register now

Please help us spread the word about the India events!

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Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on September 8, 2021

Attendance: @jillbinder @evarlese @onealtr @tantienhime @devinmaeztri @katiejrichards @yogesh

Starting: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1631120449123100

We talked about:

Ending: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1631124101181900

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Report: Allyship and Diverse Speaker Workshops August 2021

This month we launched our inaugural Allyship workshop from the new Allyship program, and we offered our monthly-ish Diverse Speaker workshop.

August 2021

Allyship for WordPress event organizers AMER/EMEA, August 19, 2021

Facilitator: @jillbinder

We are running the new Allyship program in quarterly cohorts. This was the first workshop for the first cohort.

It was an interactive watch party of the “Creating a Welcoming and Diverse Space Part 1” and Part 2 on Learn WordPress. We paused the video for doing exercises in the workbook and having discussions.

Number who attended: 13
Out of how many who had registered: 68%! (19 registered)
From number of cities: 13
From number of countries: 6 (Canada, Nigeria, Philippines, Serbia, UK, USA)
Self-reported increase in preparedness to help create more inclusive WordPress event after taking the workshop: 52%!

Testimonials

“I love how actionable the workshop is.”

Anonymous

“I loved being 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.

“I learned a lot from the discussions amongst the attendees. I can’t wait for the next one!”

– Oneal Rosero, Community Contributor, The Philippines

“I thought I was holding inclusive events already, and this workshop showed me ways to make things even more inclusive that I hadn’t thought of before. I especially liked learning that changing just a few words can make my 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 even more welcoming to more people.”

– Shanta R. Nathwani, President & CEO, Namara Technologies Inc., Canada

“This is an important issue for me. I’m glad to have solid steps to take and ongoing support to keep improving. Thank you for holding these workshops.”

– Susan Smylie, 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, Web Developer, San Antonio, TX

“The content was great and I really loved the workbook!”

– Megan Rose, WordPress Community DeputyDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook., USA

Diverse Speaker Workshop AMER/EMEA, August 27, 2021

“How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events”

Facilitator: @onealtr

The only people in attendance were Oneal, myself, and a volunteer from our working group, @danitto. No participants attended.

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.

If you are holding a WordCamp this year, we would like to help you get more great speakers. Please get in touch with @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/. and we will arrange a #WPDiversity speakers workshop for you.

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Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on August 25, 2021

Attending: @jillbinder @onealtr @katiejrichards @wpfangirl

Start: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1629910947391900

We talked about the Allyship workshop last week: the initial stats (very good), things that went well, things that could be improved.

We asked everyone to fill out the follow-up questionnaire.

We asked for volunteers for Friday’s How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events AMER/EMEA workshop (letting attendees in from the wait room, muting people, being model participants, paying attention to the watch party videos which helps attendees pay attention too, and other things that come up as needs during these workshops).

We talked about if there are better solutions for viewing watch parties online, rather than sharing through Zoom, that would still meet all of the needs (full screen, shows the closed captions, watch together because we stop and re-start videos to do exercises together).

Please help us get the word out about Friday’s workshop by sharing this tweet from the Marketing team: https://twitter.com/wordcamp/status/1430480472715538434

If you have thoughts on any of the above, please either reply to this post or share 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/. (and 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). Thanks!

End: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1629914878448500

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Upcoming workshop: How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events

This is an event for people from marginalized or underrepresented groups in WordPress in AMER & EMEA and for participants in our Allyship program who have taken the “Allyship for WordPress event organizers” workshop on August 19th, 2021.

The Diverse Speaker Training Group (#WPDiversity) invites you to join us for a workshop in a fun format: an Interactive, Transformational Watch Party! We will watch a video on Learn WordPress.

Facilitators: @onealtr and @volkswagenchick

Does the thought of speaking at one of our 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. or WordCamps intrigue you? This is a workshop for people from marginalized and underrepresented groups who are thinking about speaking at a 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. 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.. The focus of this hands-on session is to look at what has stopped you from speaking in the past and explore how to move past your fears, generate WordPress-related topics to give a talk on, boost your speaking confidence, and allow you to practice speaking in a safe space. At the end of the workshop, you will have a few ideas for talks that the community wants to hear!

***You do NOT have to have any experience in public speaking. This workshop is for all levels of experience.***

WordPress Meetup and WordCamp organizers: Want to foster more diverse speaker lineups for your events? Please invite your communities!

Friday, 27 August 2021
5.00PM – 6.30PM UTC / 1.00PM – 2.30PM ET / 10.00AM – 11.30AM PDT
Free

Register now

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Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on August 11, 2021

Attending: @jillbinder @ashiquzzaman @evarlese @onealtr @katiejrichards @danitto @wpfangirl @nalininonstopnewsuk @webcommsat

Start: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1628701305151200

Today we talked about:

  1. How are you doing with items you are working on for us?

2. Upcoming workshop: Allyship for WordPress event organizers.

3. Upcoming workshop: How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events AMER/EMEA with @onealtr and @volkswagenchick

4. Translations update

5. Marketing has asked if folks can help us please retweet & share:

https://twitter.com/wordcamp/status/1425449729593384963

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/make-wordpress-marketing-team_allyship-for-wordpress-event-organizers-amer-activity-6830971097387700225-CyZt

https://www.facebook.com/WordCamp/posts/302599118322870

End: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1628704998225400

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Workshop August 19, 2021: Allyship for WordPress event organizers AMER/EMEA

Our inaugural Allyship workshop for the new Allyship program!
Thursday, August 19, 2021
5 PM – 7PM UTC / 1 PM – 3pm ET / 10 AM – 12 PM PDT

A 2-hour interactive watch party online to learn how to create welcoming and diverse 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 for your WordPress community.

This is not just for organizers, but anyone who wants to champion this kind of environment, now or in the future.

Do you run or attend WordPress events and notice only one type of person is attending? You’d love to see more diversity represented, but people are either not showing up — or they attend once and don’t come back. What can you do to be a good ally to foster, promote, and support diversity and an inclusive space?

We know that you have good intentions and really want to do things “right”, and therefore need a supportive space to talk through sensitive real-life challenges, so this watch party workshop will NOT be recorded.

This workshop was created by Allie Nimmons, Aurooba Ahmed, David Wolfpaw, and Jill Binder 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. US 2019.

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