Proposal: Steps to Integrate #WPDiversity into WordPress Event Organizing

Context

To fulfill WordPress’s mission to democratize publishing, the Community team seeks to actively reduce barriers to current and future participation, engagement, and sense of belonging in WordPress events.

People who experience marginalization in broader society are more likely to experience barriers to full participation in their WordPress community. As community contributors, we have the ability and responsibility to actively counteract these forces to build a thriving, inclusive community.

The WordPress community is diverse and global. The power of open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. is that anyone can contribute from anywhere at any time, regardless of their background.

The more diverse our community is, the stronger it becomes. With different perspectives come new innovations, ideas, and solutions. This results in better user experiences for all, from bloggers setting up sites to organizers and attendees of our in-person community events.

Inclusive environments don’t happen overnight – or without effort. As our community grows, so have ideas and efforts to help welcome more diverse voices into the fold.

WPDiversity Programs

#WPDiversity programs are designed to empower WordPress community members with skills and resources to organize and contribute to diverse and inclusive WordPress events. This proposal offers a pathway to introduce all 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. and 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. organizers to #WPDiversity programs, with the aim of helping to strengthen their events from inception.

By proactively sharing information about these programs and an invitation to participate with new and existing event organizers, we can shape a culture in which awareness of and action toward diversity and inclusion are embedded in events from the planning outset.

Proposal

Existing WordCamp and Meetup Organizers

All WordCamp and meetup organizers would receive an email inviting and encouraging them to take the following actions in preparation for their upcoming or ongoing WordPress events:

  • Participate in the Allyship training (interactive video watch party or watch the prerecorded video on their own);
  • Organize an Allyship and/or Diverse Speaker training for their local community, or invite their community to join one of the regularly-scheduled global trainings.
  • Join the #DiverseSpeakerSupport 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, participate in the channel discussions, and share their event’s calls for organizers and speakers; and request that their Speaker WranglerWrangler Someone, usually a person part of event organizing team, who looks after certain things like budget or sponsors. do the same.

New WordCamp and Meetup Organizers

All new WordCamp and meetup organizers would automatically receive the invitation described above as they are onboarded.

All WordCamp and Meetup Organizers

Further, all event organizers would be required to:

  • Read handbook pages that cover key concepts and practices for creating a welcoming and inclusive event;
  • Demonstrate comprehension through the completion of a quiz.

An effective starting point would be to add new lessons to the Meetup Organizer Training and WordCamp Organizer Training. The required reading would include links to optional resources to go deeper.

Share Your Feedback!

Please share your thoughts on this proposal by Friday, April 8! I would be interested to know:

  • How might this approach impact your community?
  • What do you like about this approach?
  • What’s missing?
  • What other ideas do you have?

Kudos to @angelasjin, @mysweetcate, @alliennimmons, @wpfangirl, @devinmaeztri, @peiraisotta, @jillbinder, @nao, @tacoverdo and @planningwrite for contributing to this post.

#community-events, #community-team, #event-planning-training-materials, #events-2

Report: Allyship and Diverse Speaker Workshops February 2022

In February, #WPDiversity held a speaker workshop for Switzerland and 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/. conversation in the Allyship for WP Event organizers program.

February 2022

Switzerland – Underrepresented Voices: Confidence and Topics for Speaking at WordCamps, February 10, 2022

Facilitator: @jillbinder

A workshop for underrepresented people in Switzerland on February 10, 2022

Number who attended: 6

From number of cities: 6

From number of countries: 3 (Germany, Switzerland, and United States)

Self-report increase in public speaking confidence after taking the workshops: 52%

Two people from the workshop volunteered to translate the videos into French.

Allyship Program

Allyship for WordPress event organizers AMER/EMEA accountability Slack chat,  February 16, 2022

Facilitator: @jillbinder

In our 3-month Allyship program, we hold support chats in the WordPress Slack #community-events channel in months 2 and 3. This was our month 3 chat.

We invite the current and previous cohorts to attend (cohorts 1 and 2).

Number who attended: 11

From number of cities: 10

From number of countries: 5 (Canada, England, Luxembourg, Philippines, and United States)

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 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

Number of past #WPDiversity Workshop participants who joined in February: 5

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 for April soon.If you are holding WordPress Meetups or are holding a 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. this year, we would like to help you be welcoming diversity stewards. Please get in touch with @jillbinder on the WordPress Slack and we will arrange #WPDiversity workshops for you.

#diversespeakerworkshopsreports, #wpdiversity

Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on March 23, 2022

Attending: @jillbinder, @juliarosia, @katiejrichards, @kcrockett, @kimberlylipari, @mysweetcate, @onealtr, @peiraisotta, @wpfangirl

Attended by proxy: @alliennimmons, @anjanavasan, @devinmaeztri

Facilitator: @peiraisotta

Start: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1648054836829219

Summary

Each person gave an update and we all had some great discussions and ideas.

1 First time here
2 Check-ins (everyone)
3 Comments, questions, ideas (anyone)
4 Workshops (Speaker & Allyship) (@jillbinder)
5 Diverse Speaker Support channel (@kcrockett & @juliarosia)
6 Marketing (@anjanavasan)
7 Translations (@devinmaeztri)
8 DEI plans for WordPress events (@juliarosia and @alliennimmons)
9 APAC (@devinmaeztri & @onealtr)
10 WCEUWCEU WordCamp Europe. The European flagship WordCamp event. (@devinmaeztri & @juliarosia)
11 Other Updates + Next time’s meeting facilitator (anyone)

End: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1648058631537569

#wpdiversity

Meetup Organizer Newsletter: March 2022

Hello everyone,

Welcome to the March 2022 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. We sincerely hope all our community members in Ukraine are safe and sound. WordPress Co-Founder Matt Mullenweg shared his thoughts on Ukraine, community and WordPress in the 26th episode of WP Briefing.

To learn about the latest news and resources from the WordPress community, keep reading this month’s edition and don’t forget to share the updates with your local meetup groups! For more news from the WordPress community, check out the latest Month in WordPress.

Here’s what’s inside this issue:

  • WordPress 6.0
  • Contribute to WordPress
  • A blog for developers
  • WordPress events

🎷 WordPress 6.0 set to release on May 24, 2022

The release schedule for WordPress 6.0, the second major releaseMajor Release A set of releases or versions having the same major version number may be collectively referred to as “X.Y” -- for example version 5.2.x to refer to versions 5.2, 5.2.1, and all other versions in the 5.2. (five dot two dot) branch of that software. Major Releases often are the introduction of new major features and functionality. of 2022, has been published. As an iteration over the Go/No Go demos, WordPress leads will host a live-streamed walkthrough of features slated for the release on April 5, 2022. Follow the schedule to keep up with key dates in the next major WordPress release, and keep your local community in the loopLoop The Loop is PHP code used by WordPress to display posts. Using The Loop, WordPress processes each post to be displayed on the current page, and formats it according to how it matches specified criteria within The Loop tags. Any HTML or PHP code in the Loop will be processed on each post. https://codex.wordpress.org/The_Loop.!

While you’re waiting for WordPress 6.0, check out the WordPress 5.9.2 maintenance release which was released last week!

🤝 Contribute to WordPress

If you’re looking for new ways to get involved in the WordPress community, the following opportunities are a great way to get started. 

📷 WordPress Photo Directory gets a new Make team

The WordPress Photo Directory has a new Make team! There is currently a poll to vote for team reps and the collaboration is happening at the new #photos channel of the Make 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/.. If you’re interested, join the conversation or contribute by submitting your photos.

🏳️‍🌈 Join the #WPDiversity working group

The #WPDiversity working group is looking for volunteers, and it’s not too late to sign up. Check out this recap of the latest volunteers meeting to see the available roles. Spread the word in your local community, and if you’re interested in joining the group yourself, go ahead and apply

Interested in widening your pool of Meetup 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. speakers from underrepresented groups? Join the #diverse-speaker-support channel on the Make WordPress Slack.

 💻 Proposal for a new blog for developers

Birgit Pauli-Haack published a proposal to start a blog on developer.wordpress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ to share news and updates relevant to developers. Read the proposal and share your thoughts and ideas for improvements by March 18, 2022.

🌍 What’s happening with WordPress events?

We’d like to thank our global community sponsors for 2022 who make WordPress events possible! 2022 has many exciting WordPress events, both in person and online. As always, we strongly urge you to follow the mandatory safety guidelines and also learn about the legal protections available to you for in-person events. 

🎪 WordCamps on the horizon

We have plenty of WordCamps taking place this year. Below are some of the WordCamps coming up soon—feel free to attend or share them with your meetup groups!

💛 Upcoming 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.

Check out the WordPress meetups coming up in March:

📚 Support the Learn WordPress initiative

Help make Learn WordPress the official resource on WordPress! Share your knowledge with others by organizing a social learning space based on any of the Learn WordPress workshops. Alternately, use lesson plans on Learn WordPress to organize WordPress meetups in your community! See the Tuesday Training for Meetup Organizers for an overview on how to use lesson plans.

🤝 Sign-up for free to the upcoming WordPress Social Learning Spaces:

And that’s a wrap!


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 here to help. Please email us at support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow and support the WordPress community—let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions!

See you online soon!

#meetup-organizer-newsletter #newsletter

The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @rmartinezduque, @eidolonnight, @harishanker, @mysweetcate, @webcommsat, @lmurillom.

#community-team, #wordcamps

Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on March 9, 2022

Attending: @jillbinder, @alliennimmons, @anjanavasan, @jasonnickerson, @juliarosiarosia, @katiejrichards, @kcrockett, @kimberlylipari, @mysweetcate, @nalininonstopnewsuk, @onealtr, @peiraisotta, @sc0ttkclark, @planningwrite, @webcommsat, @wpfangirl

Start: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1646845281691279

Summary

Now with more people responsible for more areas of our work, we tried out a “pass the mic” style of meeting. Each person gave an update and we all had many great discussions and ideas.

  1. Check-ins
  2. Marketing (@anjanavasan)
  3. Workshops (Speaker & Allyship) (@jillbinder)
  4. Diverse Speaker Support channel (@kcrockett & @juliarosia)
  5. Translations (@devinmaeztri)
  6. APAC (@devinmaeztri & @onealtr)
  7. WCEUWCEU WordCamp Europe. The European flagship WordCamp event. (@devinmaeztri & @juliarosia)
  8. Other Updates
  9. New Ideas and open floor
  10. How was this meeting format?

End: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1646848994931559

#wpdiversity

Community Team Meeting Recap – March 3, 2022

On March 3 the Community Team met on 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/. to share wins and struggles, updates from contributors, and discuss team members’ latest highlights.

As usual, two sessions were held on the same day to enable participation across time zones.

Below is a synopsis of the two discussions.

Diversity and Inclusion

Challenges

  • The WordPress community should strive for age diversity and inclusion for both older and younger people.
  • Additionally, we must consider financial diversity. Cost is a significant barrier to 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. attendance.
  • The pandemic has caused us to quickly backtrack around diversity and community engagement. It’s harder to find organizers, volunteers, and speakers at this time. This challenge adds an extra level of stress for teams, who may in turn overlook and deprioritize diversity efforts. As community contributors, we must continue working hard and remain committed to diversity and inclusion.

Suggestions

  1. Update the Community Inclusion Initiatives page

Consider updating the Community Inclusion Initiatives WordCamp Handbook page to include “commercial” diversity initiatives (such as the Yoast Diversity Fund, which aims to increase the diversity of speaker lineups at tech conferences; and Underrepresented in Tech, which highlights speakers from underrepresented groups). In so doing, clearly indicate which are Make Community Team initiatives and which are external diversity initiatives. For any external initiatives, 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. could conduct light vetting to ensure that they align with our community programs and expectations. It would be beneficial to establish a clear process to add resources in the future.

This discussion concluded with the following proposal:

  • Organize the Community Inclusion Initiatives page for greater clarity and to be more user friendly;
  • Create a very light form to submit commercial diversity initiatives for inclusion on the page (link, point of contact, purpose of the initiative, description of how it’s operated). Only list free resources or things that people can apply to (like the Yoast Diversity Fund).
  1. Make #WPDiversity training mandatory for WordPress event organizers

There is significant opportunity to increase new and returning WordPress event organizers’ awareness of and engagement with #WPDiversity offerings (Allyship training, Diverse Speaker training, and Diverse Speaker Support Program). Some meeting participants suggested that diversity training should be mandatory for event organizers.

Participants raised the following considerations:

  • When it was created in 2017, the #WPDiversity program’s original aim was to raise awareness and provide training to those who seek it. But the WordPress community has changed and matured in the five years since then, and there is value in providing diversity and inclusion training for event organizers who wouldn’t actively seek it.
  • If the WordPress community decides to make #WPDiversity training mandatory for organizers, this will require logistical thinking to accommodate increased training frequency and audience-sizes.
  • This could be done in partnership with the Learn team.
  • There is great opportunity to harness the momentum of the community’s current diversity discussions. Start with what we can do now, and then work towards a full vision at a later stage: “Something now is better than perfect later.”
  • During onboarding, Community 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. read through sections of the community handbook and then take short tests. We could similarly integrate #WPDiversity into event organizer training, with high-level subject matter that directs organizers to additional resources to learn more.
  • A quick starting point could be to add to this course: https://wordpress.org/contributor-training/course/wordcamp-organizer-training/
  • Next steps: @JuliaRosia will share a proposal on this topic in the coming weeks and post it to the Make Community blog for feedback.

Proposal: Refurbishing Camera Kits

We all appreciate and support the idea, and here below are a few thoughts about it:

  • Audiovisual professionals in the community could help us to understand what’s needed and which kit could best serve our scope.
  • It would be useful to have a step-by-step tutorial on how to use the kit so organizers feel more comfortable.
  • We could add the above-mentioned tutorial to the 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. and 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. training so they feel comfortable in assisting event organizers.

Global Sponsorship

  • Many 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. organizers don’t know that they can reach out to global sponsors and ask for in-kind donations. We should find a way to better communicate this.
  • Community members often have a hard time understanding the distinction between WordPress.comWordPress.com An online implementation of WordPress code that lets you immediately access a new WordPress environment to publish your content. WordPress.com is a private company owned by Automattic that hosts the largest multisite in the world. This is arguably the best place to start blogging if you have never touched WordPress before. https://wordpress.com/ and WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/. Having WordPress.com as a 2022 Global Sponsor could further add to this confusion.

This recap has been written thanks to @juliarosia

Thank you to all the attendees: @peiraisotta, @sippis, @no249a002, @unintended8, @kdrewien, @jillbinder, @juliarosia, @mysweetcate, @tacoverdo, @angelasjin


Want to participate in the next Community Team Meeting? Join us in the #community-team channel on Slack!

Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on February 23, 2022

Attending: @jillbinder, @alliennimmons, @anjanavasan, @chrisford, @donreid, @eidolonnight, @firoz2456, @heyyearl, @jasonnickerson, @katiejrichards, @kcrockett, @kimberlylipari, @mmcwilliams, @mysweetcate, @nouman27, @onealtr, @peiraisotta, @planningwrite, @sc0ttkclark, @volkswagenchick, @webcommsat, @wpfangirl

Summary

This meeting was held over Zoom.

For the first half, @jillbinder presented these slides:

  • Our group’s birth and impact

  • Our current 3 programs

  • Roles available (interested? descriptions in slides above ^ )

    • Diverse Speaker Workshops:
      • Workshop volunteer — background support
      • Workshop volunteer — front-end
      • Workshop facilitator
      • Workshop coordinators team
      • Translator

    • Diverse Speaker Support program:
      • Speaker 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.
      • Speaker Mentor Coordinator

    • Allyship for WordPress Event Organizers program:
      • Workshop volunteer — background support
      • Workshop volunteer — front-end
      • Workshop facilitator

    • General:
      • WP Events Coordination Team
      • New volunteer greeter
      • Workshop facilitator
      • Document editor
      • Meeting Attendees

    • Specialty
      • APAC team
      • 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. Europe reps

  • Interest form

In the second half, we had an open discussion where people expressed interest in roles and shared ideas:

  • An offer to start translating into Italian
  • An offer to be part of our WCEUWCEU WordCamp Europe. The European flagship WordCamp event. reps
  • An offer of project management, getting our team onto Asana
  • Interest in having workshops for a member’s local WP community in the US
  • Pointing out that the workshops are a way for people of underrepresented groups in local communities to network
  • Folks interested in being part of the group without a specific role (yes!)

#wpdiversity

Meetup Organizer Newsletter: February 2022

Hello, hello!

It’s hard to believe that we’re just two months into this year. Nevertheless, we have some exciting stuff to share in the February 2022 edition of the monthly 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. 

Last month marked a significant milestone for WordPress, not only because of the release of WordPress 5.9. As WordPress Co-Founder Matt Mullenweg announced at last year’s 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/., WordPress News also got a new look—be sure to check out the new design tomorrow (February 16, 2022), when it goes live!

Here’s what’s inside this issue:

  • New guidelines for in-person WordPress events
  • Diversity in WordPress 
  • WordPress 5.9 Joséphine 
  • WordPress events

Keep reading to learn about the latest news and resources from the WordPress community, and share them with your local meetup groups!

✅ Follow the latest safety guidelines for in-person WordPress events

Following the recent proposal for updated safety measures for WordPress events in 2022, we’ve announced new safety measures for in-person WordCamps 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.

If your local guidelines allow in-person events, you can still host meetups. However, to ensure the safety of the community, we require you to fulfill the safety checklist for in-person WordPress. For more information, read the mandatory safety guidelines published recently.

A chart explaining the steps for hosting in-person WordPress events in 2022 while following safety protocols.

🏳️‍🌈 Help strengthen diversity in WordPress

We believe that diversity leads to a stronger, more innovative, and resilient WordPress community. On that note, the Community Team has recently published an open discussion on diversity in WordPress events. This discussion has been translated into several languages so far, including Indonesian, Traditional Chinese (Taiwan), Japanese, and Portuguese (Brazil).

If you’re comfortable sharing your experience, we want to hear from you. Please share your story by commenting on this post.

✊ Join the Diverse Speaker Training volunteers meeting 

There’s an open invitation for the Diverse Speaker Training zoom call for volunteers that will be held on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, between 5 pm and 6 pm UTC. Join the meeting to learn more about #WPDiversity and how you can contribute to creating a diverse and inclusive WordPress community.

Interested in widening your pool of Meetup 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. speakers from underrepresented groups? Join the #diverse-speaker-support channel on the Make 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/..

🎷 WordPress 5.9 Joséphine released on January 25, 2022

Keeping with WordPress tradition, WordPress 5.9 Joséphine was named in honor of the acclaimed jazz singer Joséphine Baker. This much-awaited release holds many exciting updates, such as the introduction of 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. themes which makes full site editing a reality. For more information, read the WordPress 5.9 Field Guide and check out the talking points for WordPress 5.9!

Download WordPress 5.9 and organize an event to help spread the word among your meetup groups!

🌍 What’s happening with WordPress events?

2022 has many exciting WordPress events, both in person and online. As always, we strongly urge you to follow the mandatory safety guidelines and also learn about the legal protections available to you for in-person events.

🎪 WordCamps on the horizon

We have plenty of WordCamps taking place this year. Below are some of the WordCamps coming up soon—feel free to attend or share them with your meetup groups!

💛 Upcoming WordPress meetups

Check out the WordPress meetups coming up in February:

📚 Support the Learn WordPress initiative

Help make Learn WordPress the official resource on WordPress! Share your knowledge with others by organizing a social learning space based on any of the Learn WordPress workshops. Alternately, use lesson plans on Learn WordPress to organize WordPress meetups in your community! See the Tuesday Training for Meetup Organizers for an overview on how to use lesson plans.

And that’s a wrap! For more news from the WordPress community, check out the latest Month in WordPress


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 here to help. Please email us at support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow and support the WordPress community—let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions!

See you online soon!

#meetup-organizer-newsletter

#newsletter

The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @rmartinezduque @eidolonnight @harishanker @courane01 @evarlese @webcommsat

#community-team, #wordcamps

Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on February 9, 2022

Attending: @jillbinder, @evarlese, @katiejrichards, @juliarosia, @mysweetcate, @onealtr, @volkswagenchick, @wpfangirl, @kcrockett, @patriciabt, @jasonnickerson

Start: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1644426068333249

Summary

  1. Updates on what you’re working on
  1. Encouraging people to reply to: “Discussion: Diversity in WordPress Events: https://make.wordpress.org/community/2022/02/08/discussion-diversity-in-wordpress-events/

  2. Our upcoming events. We could use volunteers and 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.:
  1. Zoom volunteer meeting Feb 23
  1. Diverse Speaker Support channel
  • 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/. chat with @kcrockett on Feb 10 @ 6pm-6:30pm ET about the Community Manager role
  • After we have a Community Manager in place, then we are going to start looking for Speaker Mentors, and a Speaker 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. Coordinator.
  1. Asking the team for more feedback on the new Volunteer kit

  2. Open floor
  • @onealtr: Some of us have started discussing with @jillbinder about possibly holding a second meeting that is more APAC friendly. This can have the same agenda and things can be discussed async.
  • @juliarosia: @Devin and I are going to do some thinking in the coming weeks on how we (the collective “we”) might effectively serve as ambassadors of WPDiversity programs at WCEUWCEU WordCamp Europe. The European flagship WordCamp event.. If anyone has ideas or suggestions, or wants to participate in these preliminary conversations, please let us know!

End: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1644429708668989

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Upcoming #WPDiversity Events: February 2022

Speaker Workshops

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? Do you think you don’t know or have anything worth speaking about?

Allyship Program

Cohorts 1 and 2 of the Allyship for WP Event Organizers are officially invited. Other folks are welcome to watch and even join in and are encouraged to join cohort 3 in March (date TBD).

Open Invitation: Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) Volunteers Zoom Call

Want to see if there’s a way you could help out with the #WPDiversity working group?

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) is having a Zoom call for the group’s volunteers, and the call is open to all in WordPress who would like to learn more about what we do and who value a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming WordPress community.

February 23, 2022 @ 5pm-6pm UTC #WPDiversity Volunteers Zoom chat

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