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Re: Action needed: Proposal to adopt Diversity Scholarship description

From: Léonie Watson <lw@tetralogical.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2019 18:18:31 +0000
To: "public-idcg@w3.org" <public-idcg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <a42ae02a-f2ba-8758-0306-26cfe8c83d54@tetralogical.com>
The proposal to adopt this description of the diversity fund received 
mostly +1 messages in support.

I was contacted off-list by someone who proposed an alternative to the 
part of the description where we talk about under-represented groups. 
This is a difficult topic and so I'd like to take the unusual step of 
asking the CG to consider this alternative as an amendment to the 
version we've just adoptedd.

If you support the amendment please reply to this email with +1, if you 
do not support the amendment please reply with -1, and if you do not 
feel strongly please reply with 0.

This is the part of the description as it stands:
"The definition of "under-represented" means different things to 
different people, and the language used is also different depending on 
where you are. For
this reason we've chosen not to name specific under-represented groups 
in this information."

This is the proposed amendment:
"The definition of "under-represented" means different things to 
different people, and the language used is also different depending on 
where you are. For this reason we've chosen to give some specific 
examples, but this is not an exhaustive list. None of the labels for the 
different under-represented groups are universally accepted; please 
understand that are examples use labels or concepts which may be 
geographically- or community-specific, and that
does not mean that only those labels and concepts are relevant for this 
fund.

Under-represented groups include (but are not limited to): people with 
disabilities/disabled people; people of color/BAME people; women; 
LGBTQIA people; people from outside of Europe and North America; 
indiginous people; and refugees."

With apologies for the short turn-around, please respond by end of your 
day on Tuesday 12th February.




Thank you.


On 04/02/2019 17:09, Léonie Watson wrote:
> Everyone,
> 
> This is the second of the three proposals we need to make a decision about.
> 
> Proposal 2:
> Adopt the following description of the Diversity Scholarship.
> 
> Note: the description uses "scholarship" throughout. If the CG decides 
> to change it to "fund", it will mean minor editorial changes to the 
> following text.
> 
> 
> The purpose of the W3C diversity scholarship is to increase 
> participation at TPAC, by people who could otherwise not attend.
> 
> To apply to the diversity scholarship you should be from a group that is 
> under-represented in the web community, and unable to attend TPAC 
> without financial help.
> 
> When you apply, you will be asked to explain (in one or two sentences) 
> what perspectives you will bring, and which areas you would like to 
> contribute to during TPAC. You are not required to self-identify as 
> belonging to any particular group, but If you are comfortable sharing 
> that information it will help us ensure the scholarships are balanced 
> across different under-represented groups.
> 
> The definition of "under-represented" means different things to 
> different people, and the language used is also different depending on 
> where you are. For this reason we've chosen not to name specific 
> under-represented groups in this information.
> 
> If you are thinking of applying to the diversity scholarship, but you 
> are not sure whether you should, please get in touch. We will answer 
> your questions in confidence, and can offer any help you might need to 
> complete the application.
> 
> * If you support this proposal, please reply to this email with a +1 at 
> the top.
> * If you do not support this proposal, please reply to this email with a 
> -1 at the top.
> * If you do not feel strongly about this proposal, or do not want to 
> participate, please reply to this email with a 0 at the top.
> 
> You do not have to respond at all, but it really helps if you do. If you 
> would prefer to respond privately, you can send your response to me 
> directly (to lw@tetralogical.com).
> 
> Please respond before the end of the day on Friday 8th February 2019.
> 
> Thank you.
> 
> Léonie.
> 

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