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Re: Information about the diversity fund for W3M

From: Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2019 09:48:16 -0500
To: lw@tetralogical.com, "public-idcg@w3.org" <public-idcg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <445a669e-fdad-6027-9b34-aa158f9c8489@w3.org>
Thanks, Léonie, and everyone else for putting this package together.  
Next, importantly, we need Sponsors to step up so we actually have a 
funded program!

Unfortunately, this arrived too late for inclusion in today's W3M.  But 
I also see that the selection committee is still under discussion in 
IDCG.  So let's take a few more days to get to final consensus on the 
selection committee.  If I take it to W3M next week, I think there is 
still adequate time to get the word out to the membership next week as 
planned.

Jeff

On 2/13/2019 3:44 AM, Léonie Watson wrote:
> Jeff,
>
> With apologies that this comes in right up against the deadline, 
> please find below the framing of the diversity fund for you to take to 
> W3M today.
>
> Name: Diversity fund
>
> Description:
>
> The purpose of the W3C diversity fund is to increase participation at 
> TPAC, by people who could otherwise not attend.
>
> To apply to the diversity fund 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 fund is 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 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 these 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; 
> indigenous people; and refugees.
>
> If you are thinking of applying to the diversity fund 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.
>
> Selection criteria:
>
> * We will prioritise new W3C participants and established participants 
> who have not previously attended TPAC.
> * Where we know which under-represented groups applicants are from, we 
> will prioritise diversity amongst the people to receive assistance.
>
> Selection committee:
>
> This is still under discussion in the Inclusion and Diversity CG 
> (IDCG). The proposal under discussion is:
>
> * One person from each of the sponsor organisations.
> * Two people from the W3 team.
> * Two people from the IDCG.
>
> Proposed timeline:
>
> This is the proposed timeline, based on an outline provided by Jeff:
>
> * Week of 18th Feb: Announce diversity fund to AC and issue a first 
> call for sponsors, with the request that commitments are made by 1st 
> Apr (so we can announce sponsors at the AC meeting).
> * 8th or 9th Apr: At the AC meeting, announce sponsorship total to 
> date and invite any last commitments before the end of the week.
> * Week of 12th Apr: Announce the process and timetable for 
> application, selection, and notification of 2019 recipients.
>
> The process and timetable is where the IDCG will turn its attention, 
> once we have the selection committee agreed.
>
> The timetable will need W3M to approve this information at its meeting 
> today. I appreciate your help with this, despite the short notice.
>
>
>
> Léonie.
Received on Wednesday, 13 February 2019 14:48:19 UTC

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