Guest Post: Free workshop on supporting diversity in the FOSS community at SCALE 13x!

Guest Post by: Valerie Aurora - Executive Director, Ada Initiative

Do you think diversity in the free & open source community is important, but aren't sure what you can do to help? Would you like to learn simply, everyday ways to change the culture of free & open source communities to be more welcoming to everyone, especially women, newcomers, and marginalized people? Then you should sign up now for the Ally Skills Workshop at SCALE 13x! The workshop will be lead by Valerie Aurora, the executive director of the Ada Initiative, a non-profit that supports women in open technology and culture.

The Ally Skills Workshop is a fun, interactive, and fast-paced workshop that teaches men how to support women in their workplaces and communities. You will learn how to effectively speak up when you see sexism, how to create discussions that allow more voices to be heard, and how to prevent sexism and unwelcoming behavior in the first place. People of all genders are welcome to attend - the work is most fun when we have a lot of different people adding to the discussion!

The workshop runs on Friday from 10am to 2:30pm with a one hour lunch break. (It used to be only two hours long, but attendees kept asking for it to be longer.) This class usually costs several hundred dollars per person, but it is free of charge to all attendees of SCALE 13x with a full access pass, thanks to a $100,000 donation from an anonymous Linux kernel developer to the Ada Initiative!

You must sign up in advance if you want to attend this workshop! Click here to fill out the (extremely short) sign-up form. Thank you, and see you at the Ally Skills Workshop on February 20th!