Category: Diversity

All articles in this category are related to the Diversity team in the Fedora Project. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Diversity

Organizing a Fedora Women Day 2017 event

Fedora Women Day (FWD) is a day of celebration dedicated to the female contributors of the Fedora Project. During this day of celebration, local communities around the world will gather to present the accomplishments of the women that are part of the Fedora Project and thank them. FWD is a great chance to promote the participation of more women, bring together contributors and raise awareness about the gender gap in tech communities. This day is being celebrated across the community in order to show the importance of having women involved in open source projects, such as Fedora.

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Fedora was at PyCon SK 2017

At the second weekend in March 2017, Fedora had a booth at PyCon SK, a community-organized conference for the Python programming language held in Bratislava, Slovakia. The event happened for the second time this year, and it happened with Fedora again.

PyCon SK 2017 took 3 days. First day most of the talks were in Slovak (or Czech) and Michal Cyprian presented problems that my arise when users use sudo pip and how we want to solve those problems in Fedora by making sudo pip safe again. During the lightnings talks section, I presented about Elsa, a tool that helps to create static web pages using Flask. Elsa powers up the Fedora Loves Python website.

Michal Cyprian presenting

Michal Cyprian presenting. Photo by Ondrej Dráb, CC BY-SA

The next day was mostly English. Another Fedora contributors Jona Azizaj and Petr Viktorin had their talks. Jona presented about building Python communities and empowering women. Petr’s talk was about the balance of Python (constraints and conventions versus the freedom to do whatever you want) and its impact on the language and the community. Petr also metacoached the Django Girls workshop on Sunday.

But Fedora’s presence was not just through people. Fedora had a booth filled with swag. We gave out all our remaining Fedora Loves Python stickers, plenty of Fedora 25 DVDs, pins, stickers, pens, buttons… We had couple of Proud Fedora User t-shirts available and plenty of Fedora users asked for them, so we decided to come up with a quiz about Fedora and a raffle to decide who gets them.

Fedora Swag

Fedora Swag

Fedora booth at PyCon SK 2017

Fedora booth at PyCon SK 2017. Photo by Ondrej Dráb, CC BY-SA

Lot of the visitors were already familiar with Fedora or even Fedora users this year, which was quite different in compassion with the previous year, where a lot of people were actually asking what Fedora is. <joke>Maybe because we already explained it a year ago, now every visitor already uses Fedora?</joke>

See you next year Bratislava!

Featured Image Photo by Ondrej Dráb, CC BY-SA

Join us to plan the event : LGBT Awareness Day, 17th May!

What binds us behind the IRC screens and pagure issues, is an unrelenting drive to make Fedora a better resource for those out there. What divides us is nothing but a difference of opinions on how we want to execute this. All through this, it is through differences we conclude to the best option and through diversity in the community, we capture all perspectives.

As an initiative to preserve and encourage this diversity, the Fedora Diversity Team plans to organize an event for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. We are looking at it as an opportunity for a virtual community meet-up.

An inclusive event cannot be built without being inclusive of all the voices of the community. We would like to solicit your ideas on how we can make this event effective in spreading awareness and building a more inclusive Fedora community. You may suggest tasks that we can do together, talks, workshops, badges, blogs, videos, messages, or anything else on your mind.

We would like to look at this journey as allies, the community and its people. We both build each other stronger. All your thoughts, opinions, feedback or just a +1 will be deeply valuable to us. Please do so in the following ticket: 
https://pagure.io/fedora-diversity/issue/22

While we do so, we respect your privacy and will totally understand if you want to contribute anonymously. Please feel free to mail at amsharma@redhat.com for doing so! We are coordinating a video call on May 17th, into late evening UTC. The details of the video call link and time can be found on the ticket mentioned above.

Just a humble request more, do add hashtags #LGBTMay17_fedora  #celebration on social media to talk about this event and its planning! 🙂

Hoping for a successful event,

Warmly,
Fedora Diversity Team

 

 

Mission to understand: Fedora Diversity FAD 2017

Team picture of the Diversity Team members (left to right: Brian Exelbierd, Amita Sharma, Radka Janek, Jona Azizaj, Bhagyashree Padalkar, Justin W. Flory)

Team picture of the Diversity Team members (left to right: Brian Exelbierd, Amita Sharma, Radka Janek, Jona Azizaj, Bhagyashree Padalkar, Justin W. Flory)

The Fedora Diversity FAD (a.k.a. Fedora Activity Day, or a sprint) took place during the weekend of DevConf, 27-29 January. The original planning for this FAD started in August 2016, after the Flock 2016 conference. At Flock, the Diversity Team held a panel with open discussion about diversity and inclusion efforts in Fedora. Based on the feedback received during and after the panel, it was a priority for us to continue working on the objectives we had established before Flock. For the FAD, a majority of the Fedora Diversity Team was present along with a few others.

We made significant progress in accomplishing our larger objectives and to contribute to the Fedora Project mission and goals. The primary objectives we established for our FAD were completing plans for the demographic survey, building a campaign based on those results, and analyzing our Code of Conduct to find ways to better impact the community. This report covers each of these objectives, what we accomplished, and what we plan to do next.

Logic model used for preliminary planning and mapping out the activities and impact of the Fedora Diversity FAD 2017

Logic model used for preliminary planning and mapping out the activities and impact of the Fedora Diversity FAD

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