[OpenStack Foundation] Suggestions about OpenStack Diversity?

Tim Bell Tim.Bell at cern.ch
Tue Mar 31 06:27:38 UTC 2015

I would be interested in a breakdown by geography especially. Travel support for poorly balanced countries for example. Some trends would also be useful to understand the impact of summits at different locations.


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From: matt <matt at nycresistor.com>
Date: 31/03/2015 00:50 (GMT+01:00)
To: Roland Chan <roland at aptira.com>
Cc: "Foundation at lists.openstack.org" <foundation at lists.openstack.org>, foundation-board at lists.openstack.org
Subject: Re: [OpenStack Foundation] Suggestions about OpenStack Diversity?

Assuming it's correct.  I tend to identify as sql injection every chance I get.   But we should provide data anonymization upon request.


On Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 6:14 PM, Roland Chan <roland at aptira.com<mailto:roland at aptira.com>> wrote:

The membership DB has gender, location and dietary preference/allergy information. It should be trivial to get that data into the open and quite easy to display it on the website on an ongoing basis.


On 31/03/2015 8:58 AM, "matt" <matt at nycresistor.com<mailto:matt at nycresistor.com>> wrote:
We can do some level of analysis against stackalytics currently but it's pretty fuzzy logic.

On Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 5:38 PM, Roland Chan <roland at aptira.com<mailto:roland at aptira.com>> wrote:

>> Create a diversity or inclusion policy with specific measureable objectives.
> What type of objectives would you suggest?

The Foundation should represent its members in some way. Without wanting to presuppose the outcome of a member satisfaction survey, metrics that showed the correlation or lack thereof between the makeup of the members and the makeup of the organisation that serves them may point towards a goal. Or not if the membership is happy with the job that is being done.

Typical goals include:

- increasing diversity of the board
- increasing the diversity of senior management
- increasing the diversity of the workforce

to a level that improves on the current situation.

I'm presupposing here that the Foundation actually supports the concept of diversity as strength. The very first goal should be to write and publish this commitment. A quick google didn't find anything.

Basically: requirements (commitment to diversity), design (setting some goals), execution (holding people accountable for reaching those goals).

>> One starting point would be to have the foundation regularly or continuously report on itself (board and staff at a minimum.
> We create these (Jonathan gives a report twice a year and Alan produces one annually).  Perhaps the issue is distribution.

Maybe. It should be on the website somewhere fairly prominent, and may as well be generated from live data if possible. There are plenty of examples of how the wider tech industry does this. Usually with circular graphs.


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