DjangoCon 2015

Cómo mejorar la comunidad Django mediante políticas de inclusión

Kojo Idrissa  · 


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thank you everyone and good morning again this is me lots of there's a as I look at the slide now's like there's a lot more information that's a busy slide with all this stuff on me said I need to make that better for the next time I present

something but I do talk about I've given to us on a number of different topics but today we're going to focus on practicing inclusion and so if you go back here look at the top bullet point here I'm changing careers from accounting and finance

and moving into software development so if you wanna hire me you can hire me so why do I focus on that bullet point not so much for the self-serving plug but more for the motivation of the talk so I am relatively new to software development and when I sort

of became active with a both the Python of the Django communities one of my early thoughts was how can I make some sort of a contribution to the community and as someone who doesn't have a CS background I knew that my primary mode of contribution wasn't

going to be writing the wicked codes and that sort of thing so I thought well what can I do I can try to help grow the community and I wanted to focus not just on getting more bodies in but actually trying to make the most useful growth possible as far as

bringing in people who would be new contributors who would actually be able to benefit the community so what are some of the challenges that run into that one of the issues is that currently the community sort of pulling from a small pond check communities

in general as many of you know are predominantly SAS gender the heterosexual white men and a community in general any community tends to optimize its culture to the benefit of the people who make up the largest percentage of that community and the issue with

that is a culture that optimizes itself in that way can be alienating to people who aren't from that specific demographic so that's this isn't to say that there's a problem with heterosexual cisgender Dwight men but having a culture that tends

to optimize itself for that one particular group tends to alienate other groups and so what does that look like if we take a look at the u.s. population the big green chunk and this is the u.s. population broken up by ethnicity as defined by the Census Bureau

that's what the data come from the big green chunk is people who are identified as white the light blue is hispanics or latinos the dark blue is african-americans and so you've got a big chunk there the falls into that category but then if we separate

this the white group by race I'm sorry by gender you notice that the big green the dark green shot gets a lot smaller so if we have a community whose culture is being optimized for primarily heterosexual white men what we're doing is we've got

a culture that's optimized to pull from 31 about 30 or so thirty thirty-one percent of the population which is a small pool and so what that also means that we are sort of ignoring or overlooking two-thirds of the population this is jess us data I know

Django is a global project but there's only so much data i can get from around the world and definitions of what is ethnic vary from country to country that sort of thing but the idea here being that we're pulling from a relatively small pool to begin

with or that the culture is optimized to benefit a small pool and that's a problem as far as finding the largest number of high-quality contributors but it actually gets worse so we take this small one third slice and then it gets smaller so all of that

small slice that the culture is optimized for there is a certain percentage of people who aren't going to join a technical project like this because it's too hard or they think is too difficult and so what was the small slice gets smaller and then

you look at people who might have joined it but you know they're not going to do Django we're going to do rails or they're going to do PHP or something else so that's the lies to get smaller again and so now you have an even smaller pool of

potential contributors to draw from because the people who are going to contribute to django or to the Python community or to whatever your technical community might be are going to need to be members of that community so how do we take that shrinking slice

and make it bigger the focus here is on inclusion and you might have heard the term inclusion used sometimes to be synonymous with the diversity I make a distinction here in this way a diversity in and of itself it just means having lots of different types

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