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Re: Understanding diversity at W3C

From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 10:35:09 +0200
Cc: "public-idcg@w3.org" <public-idcg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <a4e3751d-3dff-2c77-b7fd-99591f445c8a@w3.org>
+1 to all so far. Also noting that people may have multiple (levels of) 
nationalities and disabilities.

PS: "first/preferred language" throws me off slightly (because they may 
be different) but I don't have a better suggestion.


On 15/04/2019 21:06, Jeff Jaffe wrote:
> 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.
> Jeff
> [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

Shadi Abou-Zahra - http://www.w3.org/People/shadi/
Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist
Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
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