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Commitment to Diversity

It is Code PaLOUsa’s goal to create an inclusive, respectful conference environment that invites participation from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, sexual orientation, and educational and socioeconomic backgrounds.

We are actively seeking to increase the diversity of our attendees, speakers, and sponsors through our calls for proposals, other open submission processes, and through dialogue with the larger communities we serve. This is an ongoing process. We are talking to our program chairs, program committees, and various innovators, experts, and organizations about his goal and about ways they can help us achieve it.

Here are some ways you can help us build a more diverse conference experience:

  • Recommend appropriate speakers and/or program committee members to the conference chairs (see the Code PaLOUsa Speaker Portal for program information; you may also send an email to the committee)
  • Forward our call for proposals to relevant affinity groups with the message that we are looking for a diverse speaker roster
  • Suggest to potential speakers that they submit a proposal during our Call for Participation conference phase
  • Organize community-based public speaking training and practice events (Ignite is one popular format)
  • Suggest ways that the onsite conference experience can be more welcoming and supportive, free from intimidation and marginalization (send an email to the committee)
  • Share your ideas and best practices for how we can realize our vision (send an email to the committee)
  • We value diversity in the communities we bring together, and we welcome your contributions to bringing balanced representation of the richness of our collective human experience and welcome your contributions to helping us achieve that goal by following our code of conduct

This diversity statement was formed from the example licensed by O’Reilly Media http://assets.en.oreilly.com/1/eventprovider/1/ConfDiversity.pdf under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.

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