There are positive things that the world of technology can do in order to attract, recruit, welcome, encourage and retain people from different backgrounds.
The main objective here is to create a visible commitment to embed equality, inclusivity and diversity as part of everything we do at Data Relish in our interactions with our team, customers, suppliers, and the wider world.
What we believe
We believe that everyone is equally important.
We value a diverse network, and learn and share from one another:
regardless of age,
regardless of colour,
regardless of their ethnicity,
regardless of their religion or beliefs,
regardless of disability,
regardless of gender,
regardless of sexual orientation,
regardless of their race,
regardless of their ability or lack of ability,
regardless of nationality or accent.
We are all individuals with differences, but we are all members and we can all learn from each other.
What we stand for
We always seek to treat those around us with warmth, understanding, and respect. We aim to act in a responsible, professional, respectful and healthy manner. We aim to treat everyone equally, fairly and with all respect. We will work tirelessly to build a more fair and safe technical community for all.
In particular, we won’t tolerate sexual harassment or gender discrimination. We have a Zero Tolerance approach to harassment in any form. We do not ignore the power relationships that exist, and we do not favour one group over another. We will hold the same position for all our members, and we work towards ensuring that the technical community is a welcoming, diverse and inclusive place to connect, learn and share.
We will stand with you.
Some of this relates to in-person events rather than virtual events. We wanted this information to be logged somewhere, so that when we have in-person events again, we area ahead of the game.
We recognize that this is not an endless list and we understand that there are lots of nuances and exceptions, and we have generalized. We look forward to your corrections that will help us to understand more.
What we will do
If there is an issue, we will act upon any issues that you tell us about. When complaints arise, we will take action in a prompt, clearly defined, and consequential manner.
It’s ok not to feel totally comfortable with other people’s viewpoints. It’s what you do about it that counts. Diversity impacts everyone.
WHEN SOMETHING HAPPENSAcknowledgements: This CoC was adapted from JSConf and I’d like to credit and thank them. You can read more about our personal stories here. If you see a Code of Conduct violation, follow these steps:
- Let the person know that what they did is not appropriate and ask them to stop.
- That person should immediately stop the behaviour and correct the issue.
- If this does not happen, or if you are uncomfortable speaking up, contact the conference staff as soon as possible.
- A staff member will immediately address the issue and take further action.
PURPOSEData Relish is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion or lack thereof. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.
ANTI-HARASSMENTHarassment includes, but is not limited to:
- Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion
- Sexual images in public spaces
- Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following
- Harassing photography or recording
- Sustained disruption of talks or other events
- Inappropriate physical contact
- Invasion of personal space
- Unwelcome sexual attention
- Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour
INCLUSIVE LANGUAGEIn our commitment to a harassment-free and inclusive environment, we strongly believe it is important to pay attention to harmful language patterns.
ABLEISMWords like “crazy”, “dumb”, “insane” or “lame” are examples of ableist language, devaluing and insulting people who have physical or mental disabilities. Its appearance often stems not from any intentional desire to offend, but from our innate sense of what it means to be normal. These words can be avoided by using more suitable, clearer descriptions of what we want to communicate. To find out more about ableism and replacement terms please read this guide.
SEXISMUsing gendered terms like “dude” or “guys” to address a group of people of varying genders contributes to furthering exclusion of underrepresented individuals. We strongly advise avoiding gendered pronouns as well as gendered terms. For more information please familiarize yourself with Geek Feminism wiki guide.
ENFORCEMENTParticipants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, event organizers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund. Event organizers may take action to address anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants. We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities. We think people should follow these rules outside event activities too!
REPORTINGIf someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Conference staff can be identified by their conference-specific staff t-shirts. Harassment and other Code of Conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. People like you make our event a better place. You can make a report either personally or anonymously.
ANONYMOUS REPORTWe cannot directly follow-up an anonymous report, but we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.
PERSONAL REPORTYou can make a personal report by:
- Contacting a staff member via the chat functionality on the virtual event
- Emailing us: DEI@data-relish.com.
- Calling us: We’ll publish a phone number that is staffed during main conference hours.