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Information about the diversity fund for W3M

From: Léonie Watson <lw@tetralogical.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2019 13:20:57 +0000
To: jeff@w3.org
Cc: public-idcg@w3.org
Message-ID: <76eb0ad7-b232-3bd9-ffd0-6ae794a4f34e@tetralogical.com>

Please find the proposed framework for the W3C diversity fund for 
TPAC,from the Inclusion and Diversity Community Group (IDCG).

Name: Diversity fund


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 

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 

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 

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.
* We will not use the written quality of applications as a metric, 
recognising that people find writing difficult for many reasons 
including it being a foreign language, cognitive disabilities, and 
reading/literacy difficulties.

Selection committee:

There will be a selection committee who will use the selection criteria 
to choose the successful candidates. The selection committee will be 
comprised of:

* 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 25th 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 timetable will need W3M to approve this information at its meeting 
on 27th Feb, and for a message to the AC to be prepared and sent as soon 
after as possible. I appreciate your help with this.

-- Director @TetraLogical
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