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

Lauren Sell lauren at openstack.org
Tue Sep 29 15:47:10 UTC 2015

> On Sep 29, 2015, at 4:37 AM, Alexis Lee <lxsli at hpe.com> wrote:
> Lauren Sell said on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 10:47:04PM -0500:
>> Please review and provide any feedback before the Foundation staff helps distribute the survey this week:
>> https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/?sm=Ju6YvZHHMOt%2bqvcrDczCC7KJ%2fy6YDf4koT9sM2cSqZ2ggvm1U7uH8CErqYzXNfKmlbDNU0gMLsP8ej5qguQyzWmuGzgO%2baI5VynQViJRCdI%3d
> Q6: Maybe "What racial and/or ethnic group(s) do you belong to?". Bit of
> a mouthful but it's more inclusive of mixed race. It's so hard to phrase
> this question well when the whole concept of race is so simplistic :(

Sounds good
> Q7: s/have you/you have/

Got it
> Q8: I'd slice by 10 years above 25, just to limit the options, but this
> is OK.

I also thought it resulted in a lot of options, but I wasn’t sure if there was a particular reason the diversity working group wanted more granular data.
> Q9: this is frequency rather than level of engagement but I'm being
> picky :)

I’ll reword the question a bit.
> Q11: Is the word 'speak' prejudicial? Some people find English easier to
> read and write than speak. Maybe "How do you find working in English?
> Difficult / OK / No problem”.


> For religion, this seems a good start. There's a clear boundary around
> 5% of world population. I was initially concerned "Chinese folk
> religion" was a bit insulting but (from 2mins further reading on
> Wikipedia) it seems to be the accepted terminology.
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_religious_groups#Largest_religions

For the sexuality and religion questions, I would personally feel more comfortable asking something along the lines of "do you feel that your sexual orientation or religious beliefs have adversely impacted your ability to participate in our community?” and/or “how have you seen other communities / organizations successfully create an inclusive environment?” I think the current questions risk being intrusive or viewed as irrelevant, and may not result in actionable data. Using the opportunity to gather some real feedback about any barriers in the community, as well as actionable recommendations seems like a more desirable outcome for the working group.

> Race is much more difficult. I found the "recommendations" here
> interesting: http://www.aaanet.org/gvt/ombdraft.htm
>> - I took a stab at adding some reference points for question #9, but
>> am open to feedback here. The 1-10 response seemed pretty subjective
> I agree and I like your options. I'd just add "full-time". This question
> seems to make any ATC-related question redundant, which is good.
> Alexis (lxsli)
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