Drupal Association blog: DrupalCon Portland 2022 Program Pathways: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are essential values in the Drupal community. We’ve seen a wave of actions that promote more inclusive recruitment, training, and contribution practices in the past years. As we gather in person for the first time since 2019, it’s the right time for a renewed focus on how the community should move forward and make more progress in these areas.

DrupalCon is always an excellent opportunity to learn about the experiences of others and listen to new perspectives. This year’s program will have sessions and events specifically related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Outside of these events, the conference is a place to generate ideas about how to move the needle on DEI at the organizations we work for, in our local communities, and in the Drupal community at large.

You can get involved by: 

Donating to our scholarship fund! Donating allows you to support marginalized people in the Drupal Community. It also provides you with an invitation to our Scholarship Breakfast on Monday 25 April @ 8:30a-9:30a PST in Oregon Ballroom 204 where you will have the chance to meet our scholars and Discover Drupal students. Register for DrupalCon and donate today.

Donating to or helping spread the word about Discover Drupal, a training program to give underrepresented individuals access to Drupal training and mentoring. 

Proposing an impromptu session (aka Birds of a Feather session) in the area of DEI you are most interested in learning more about or have expertise in that you would like to share. 

Visiting the Drupal Association Booth in the Expo Hall to connect with our staff who are working on programs to increase equity in the Drupal community. 

Visiting the Drupal Diversity & Inclusion Booth in the Expo Hall to get connected with Drupal community members who are working to further DEI in the Drupal Project. 

In addition, here are some of the DEI highlights of DrupalCon Portland:

From disabled veteran to Full-Stack developer: Breakout Session by Edmund Dunn 

Keynote: How to combat systemic oppression in the tech industry with Daelynn Moyer, Mala Kumar, and Marcus Carter II 

Duke University’s Code+ co-curricular program — promoting undergraduate DEI: Breakout Session by Kyle Skrinak 

Living the UX: When a Web Developer develops a disability: Breakout Session by Alyssa Panetta 

How Math, Science, and Star Trek Explain the Value of Team Diversity: Breakout Session by Fredric Mitchell 

Women in Drupal Luncheon 

Neurodivergence and Tech – My Metamorphosis: Breakout Session by J Matthew Saunders 

Inequity and isolation: inclusive practices for remote teams: Breakout Session by Tearyne Almendariz 

Keynote Fireside Chat: Let’s Open Source Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with Lauren Maffeo and Demetris Cheatham