[OpenStack Foundation] [Diversity] re: Diversity Workgroup APAC 2015-08-27

Roland Chan roland at aptira.com
Wed Sep 2 00:15:33 UTC 2015

The existing data is being handled by another sub-team on the Diversity WG.
I'm certainly keen to see it, but getting it isn't my focus.

Regarding the opt-out capability, my intent is that every question is
optional. The survey itself will require a one page intro where we address
this and other privacy related issues.


On Wed, 2 Sep 2015 at 02:39 Stefano Maffulli <stefano at openstack.org> wrote:

> On 09/01/2015 08:53 AM, Amy Marrich wrote:
> > I had sent this to a smaller section of the group but it deals with how
> > the University of California asks the gender question and also includes
> > sexual orientation.
> >
> >
> http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/07/28/university-california-offers-six-choices-for-gender-identity/
> >
> > We may be able to get a hold of their survey as a possible guideline.
> At the beginning of 2014[1], the OpenStack Foundations started asking
> its members to specify their gender. The intention was to start
> measuring that aspect of diversity in order to improve it. Since the
> gender issue is extremely new to society, there are lots of acronyms and
> constant fluxes of differences among the non-binary genders. We decided,
> after long debate and research, to use an open text form to specify
> gender because that's the most flexible one. Any other system we found,
> including the one from UC above, had criticism because the debate even
> among scholars is not set.
> You may have noticed that the form to subscribe to the Summit for
> example asks gender offering 4 options:
> - male
> - female
> - let me tell you
>    > open form
> (I noticed now it's missing the very valuable 4th option "prefer not to
> say", which I think may be useful to have even if the response is itself
> optional)
> Has anybody looked at the historic data about gender from the members
> database?
> /stef
> [1] A summary of that conversation is on my blog
> http://maffulli.net/2014/02/05/tracking-gender-diversity-in-the-openstack-developer-community/
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