News and updates about our diversity and inclusion initiatives.
We're very pleased to launch our scholarship program for SymfonyCon Lisbon 2018! We're also launching a fundraising campaign to finance the scholarship program, check here all the details!
As part of the diversity initiative we in the beginning focused on putting systems into place to ensure that everyone can feel safe within our community. A major step was the adoption of the CoC and establishing of the CARE team, and maybe even more so by discussions within our community. We have made huge strides forward in creatking more positive atmosphere on the Symfony devs Slack. However, the obvious next step is to actively invite new developers to join our community and empower existing members to take the next step in making their voices heard. For this reason we published two new sections in our documentation: one for general mentoring and one for speaker mentoring.
Following the announcement of the CARE team members by Fabien, we would now move forward to organize a training to ensure that we are well prepared to handle incident reports. For this training we intend to draw upon the expertise of Sage Sharp from Otter Tech. A seats costs $350. We are looking for donations of one or more seats so that we can finance at least 5 seats.
Meet the first members of the CARE team.
Symfony now has a code of conduct and a process to deal when issues arise. We are looking for organisations interested in sponsoring diversity initiative ideas. We ask for feedback on how useful Google Translate is on the Symfony documentation. Finally, we are interested in bringing the SymfonyLive format to other countries and are requesting interested local people to contact us.
Some recent topics within the diversity initiative, covering among many things: the new respectful review guidelines, mentorship programs, code of conduct and enforcement process, context and slack discussions, new slack channels.
SensioLabs Connect redesigned some badges and default avatars to make them more inclusive as part of our diversity initiatives.
In order to improve the diversity of the Symfony community we need to work on two main topics: 1) become more diversity friendly and 2) attracting and integrating people from marginalized communities. As possible next steps several ideas have been collected and added to the new [diversity repository](https://github.com/symfony/diversity). All community members are invited to add their own ideas, add comments to existing ideas or champion ideas to bring them to life!
The diversity initiative is about growing our community by ensuring a safe environment for under represented groups and empowering them to become productive members of our community.
Diversity is one of the 5 initiative I announced during SymfonyCon Cluj. Let's make the Symfony community 10 times better.