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Re: Understanding diversity at W3C

From: Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2019 15:06:13 -0400
To: Daniel Appelquist <dan@torgo.com>, "lw@tetralogical.com" <lw@tetralogical.com>
Cc: "public-idcg@w3.org" <public-idcg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <f3dc4f34-0915-defb-cda1-d74d4b207260@w3.org>
I like being simple (per Leonie's request) but I also like being 
inclusive.  Dan's list from the UK looks like a useful more inclusive guide.

Dan's list focuses on discrimination, but I believe our initiative for 
inclusion and diversity must be much more than preventing 
discrimination.  In the US there is the notion of affirmative action 
[1].  The affirmative action laws provide a focus to increase 
opportunities for historically excluded groups. W3C's focus must include 
affirmatively making opportunities available to people.


[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affirmative_action_in_the_United_States

On 4/15/2019 2:23 PM, Daniel Appelquist wrote:
> The UK has so-called protected characteristics (see https://www.gov.uk/discrimination-your-rights) in law. Could this be a useful guide?
> BTW I like just asking for "Gender Identity" rather than gender & sex - and making this a free-text entry rather than multiple choice.  We wrote a blog post about this: https://medium.com/samsung-internet-dev/how-to-collect-gender-data-a29f3be2257c
> Dan
> ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
> On Monday, 15 April 2019 18:54, Léonie Watson <lw@tetralogical.com> wrote:
>> Everyone,
>> Following up on this to see if we can make some progress.
>> As a first step it might help us to identify the sort of data we're
>> looking for. I think it might make sense to keep things simple, so perhaps:
>> -   Nationality
>> -   First/preferred language
>> -   Disability
>> -   Gender identity
>>      Thoughts?
>>      On 29/03/2019 11:08, Léonie Watson wrote:
>>> Everyone,
>>> At the meeting during TPAC we agreed we wanted to know more about the
>>> current state of diversity at W3C. I'd like us to make a start on this
>>> if we can.
>>> I think the only way to collect this information is to ask people, and
>>> to ask them in a way that protects their anonymity. I might be wrong
>>> about this of course, there may be much better ways!
>>> If this is the right approach though, we'll need to find a platform to
>>> host the survey that protects people's privacy, and to design a set of
>>> questions to ask.
>>> If anyone has ideas on how to approach this activity, ideas about
>>> platforms, or experience of designing the appropriate questions, that
>>> would be very welcome.
>>> Léonie.
>> --
>> @TetraLogical TetraLogical.com
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