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Re: Understanding diversity at W3C

From: Rhian Jones <rhian.jones@digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk>
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 10:43:42 +0100
Message-ID: <CAA7N-vOt1Q67RT3_P-r0hmpERbaF47W4tm7PJDdcC_KeLX6yYw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org>
Cc: Daniel Appelquist <dan@torgo.com>, "lw@tetralogical.com" <lw@tetralogical.com>, "public-idcg@w3.org" <public-idcg@w3.org>
Everyone,
I think that it would be helpful to include both ethnicity and nationality
in the data that we collate.
It's just some people identify more with one than the other and may be
upset if they don't feel they are represented in the options.
Rhian


*Rhian Jones*
EU Policy Lead, 07825 119064
Government Digital Service <http://digital.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/>
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On Mon, 15 Apr 2019 at 20:06, Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org> 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
>
>
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