Category Archives: Ally Skills Workshop

Apply now for the Ally Skills Workshop at Wikimania 2015

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CC BY-SA Christopher Schwarzkopf (WMDE)

We are excited to announce an Ally Skills Workshop specifically for Wikipedia editors and administrators, to be held at Wikimania 2015 in Mexico City, on Thursday July 16 from 2pm to 5pm in Don Diego 3. This workshop will focus specifically on the skills useful to editors and administrators of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects, including how to best use Wikipedia policies to support women (or advocate for changes in policies). (Learn more about the workshop here.) Attendance is free of charge to Wikimania attendees. Apply now as space is extremely limited!

This workshop is made possible by a grant funded by the Wikimedia Foundation and created and supported by dozens of Wikimedians. If this workshop goes well, the Ada Initiative will apply for a grant to train Wikimedians to teach the Ally Skills Workshop to other Wikimedians around the world, with a special emphasis on reaching Wikipedia admins. If a large number of Wikipedia admins learn how to better support women, we could have a significant impact on Wikipedia’s gender gap!

If you know someone who is attending Wikimania and would like to support women in Wikipedia better, please encourage them to apply now. (Sorry, travel scholarships for Wikimania are already closed.) We encourage women to attend the workshop, as it works best with 20-40% women attendees. Thank you for helping us spread the word!

Apply now by filling out the form below, or by clicking here. We will contact you within 2 weeks to let you know if your application has been accepted. We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

Growing the Ally Skills Workshop: WisCon Train-the-trainers report-out

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Ally Skills Workshop discussion

The Ally Skills Workshop is spreading! We taught ten more people to teach the Ally Skills Workshop at WisCon in May 2015, thanks to the generous support of Ada Initiative donors. The Ally Skills Workshop teaches men simple, everyday ways to support women in their workplaces. Over 2500 people have attended some form of the workshop and the Ada Initiative has directly trained over 35 people to teach it!

Ten students attended the train-the-trainers, coming from variety of fields including library technology, science fiction and fantasy fandom, and paleoecology. The class started with an example Ally Skills Workshop, which was followed by reviewing the facilitator’s guide in depth. In the afternoon, each student chose a scenario and led the discussion, choosing whether or not they wanted feedback on their work. We ended with a half-hour Q&A session where everyone got to ask their questions and make suggestions.

If you are interested in an Ally Skills Workshop at your workplace or organization, or want to learn more about teaching a workshop yourself, contact us at contact@adainitiative.org for more information.

Thank you again to WisCon, the world’s premier feminist science fiction convention, for graciously hosting us and providing space and equipment for the workshop!

Register now! Ally Skills Workshop at OpenStack Summit 2015

Do you think diversity in open source is important? Would you like to be part of changing the culture of open source to be more welcoming to women, newcomers, and people in marginalized groups? You can help by attending the Ally Skills Workshop at the OpenStack Summit 2015 on Monday May 18th, 2015 from 2pm until 5pm in room 1/2/3 in the East Building at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Register now!

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Ally Skills Workshop discussion

The Ally Skills Workshop teaches men how to support women in their workplaces and communities, by effectively speaking up when they see sexism, creating discussions that allow more voices to be heard, and learning how to prevent sexism and unwelcoming behavior in the first place. The changes that reduce sexism also make communities more welcoming, productive, and creative.

This workshop is provided free of charge to OpenStack Summit attendees, thanks to the generosity of the OpenStack Foundation. We are looking forward to a great workshop, based on the enthusiastic support of the OpenStack community during our 2014 fundraising drive! The Ada Initiative’s Executive Director Crystal Huff and Director of Training Valerie Aurora will also be joining the Women of OpenStack networking events at the OpenStack Summit.

Attendance at the Ally Skills Workshop is free but limited, with applications open to all registered OpenStack attendees. Register now to have the best chance to attend via this Google form (or scroll down to fill out the embedded form on this page). We welcome participants of all genders – the best workshops have at least 20% women and genderqueer folks. We will send you an email letting you know whether your application was accepted. Sign up now!

Recommendations

Here are a few things people have said after attending other Ally Skills Workshops:

We’ve run the [Ally Skills Workshop] 4 times and the impact has been fantastic. This workshop has been the catalyst for many ‘a­ha’ moments. People who understood bias exists in a very logical way, were able to see, through the conversation with peers about the very relevant scenarios, and connect emotionally with the impact bias has on the colleagues they respect and interact with daily.” – Anonymous participant

I’ve already witnessed a couple of incidents where coworkers who attended the workshop corrected themselves after saying something that could be misconstrued.” – Anonymous participant

Bring the Ally Skills Workshop to your organization

Would you like an Ally Skills Workshop at your workplace, conference, non-profit, or university? Email us at contact@adainitiative.org for more information on customizing the workshop for your organization, pricing, and scheduling.

Apply now for the Ally Skills Workshop Train-the-Trainers at WisCon 2015

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Ally Skills Workshop discussion

Do you think diversity in tech and geek communities is important? Would you like to be part of changing the culture to be more welcoming to women, newcomers, and marginalized people? Are you excited by the idea of teaching men how to be better allies to women in your community? Do you enjoy challenging and fast-paced discussion about intersectional feminism? Then the Ally Skills Workshop Train-the-Trainers is for you!

Our popular Ally Skills Workshop teaches men how to support women in simple, everyday ways in a 2-3 hour workshop focused around small discussion groups. Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Ada Initiative’s supporters, we are able to teach up to 15 people how to lead this workshop at WisCon 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA on May 21st, 2015.

In the workshop, you will learn both how to teach the workshop and the reasoning behind the structure of the workshop, which will help you design other ways to fight sexism in your community. All the workshop materials are licensed CC BY-SA and are reusable and modifiable for any purpose, so you can teach the workshop without getting permission from or paying a fee to anyone. By learning how to facilitate this workshop yourself, you can help combat sexism on an even larger scale!

WisconThe Train-the-Trainers workshop will be held Thursday, May 21st, 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm in the Madison Concourse Hotel. Lunch break (on your own) will be from 12:00pm – 1:30pm, and we will provide gluten-free and vegan afternoon snacks. The workshop is free of charge to attendees and open to everyone. While you do not need to be registered for WisCon to attend, we strongly encourage all participants in the Train-the-Trainers workshop to purchase a WisCon membership, which begin as low as $15 for a non-attending membership. We could not hold this workshop without the support and organization provided by WisCon, the world’s leading feminist science fiction convention.

We have limited space for 15 participants in the Train-the-Trainers workshop at WisCon 2015, and attendance is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications are now open, and we encourage people of all genders to attend. In order to support participants of all genders without calling unwanted attention to their gender expression, we will ask all workshop participants to wear a name tag with their name and pronouns on it. We will turn down applications from people with a history of harassing behavior.

If you would like to attend, please apply here. We will email you within 5 business days to let you know of your acceptance. Thank you for being part of supporting women in open technology and culture!

Note: We are aware of the ongoing conversation about harassment within the WisCon community and support the people working to make WisCon a safer and more supportive organization and event. We are excited about WisCon’s new anti-abuse policies and procedures and are glad to be part of the on-going movement to make science fiction and fantasy fandom more welcoming and inclusive.

Support diversity in open source by attending an Ally Skills Workshop at PyCon 2015!

Do you think diversity in open source is important? Would you like to be part of changing the culture of open source to be more welcoming to women, newcomers, and marginalized people? You can help by attending the Ally Skills Workshop at the PyCon 2015 on Sunday April 12th, 2015 from 2pm until 5pm in room 513D at the PyCon 2015 venue in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

This workshop is provided free of charge to PyCon attendees, in conjunction with AdaCamp Montreal which is co-located with PyCon 2015.

A woman explains while a man listens

Ally Skills Workshop discussion

The Ally Skills Workshop teaches men how to support women in their workplaces and communities, by effectively speaking up when they see sexism, creating discussions that allow more voices to be heard, and learning how to prevent sexism and unwelcoming behavior in the first place. The changes that reduce sexism also make communities more welcoming, productive, and creative.

Attendance at the Ally Skills Workshop is free but limited, with applications open to all registered PyCon attendees. Apply now to have the best chance to attend by filling out this Google form (or just scroll down to the form at the end of this post). We welcome participants of all genders – the best workshops have at least 20% women and genderqueer folks. You will be notified via email if we cannot fit you into the workshop. Sign up now!

Recommendations

Here are a few things people have said after attending other Ally Skills Workshops:

“We’ve run the [Ally Skills Workshop] 4 times and the impact has been fantastic. This workshop has been the catalyst for many ‘a­ha’ moments. People who understood bias exists in a very logical way, were able to see, through the conversation with peers about the very relevant scenarios, and connect emotionally with the impact bias has on the colleagues they respect and interact with daily.” – Anonymous participant

“I’ve already witnessed a couple of incidents where coworkers who attended the workshop corrected themselves after saying something that could be misconstrued.” – Anonymous participant

Support diversity in Linux by attending an Ally Skills Workshop at SCALE 13x

SCALE 13 logoDo you think diversity in Linux is important? Would you like to be part of changing the culture of Linux to be more welcoming to women, newcomers, and marginalized people? You can help by attending the Ally Skills Workshop at the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE 13x) on February 20th, 2015, in Los Angeles, California, thanks to an anonymous donation of $100,000 to the Ada Initiative from a Linux kernel developer.

The Ally Skills Workshop teaches men how to support women in their workplaces and communities, by effectively speaking up when they see sexism, creating discussions that allow more voices to be heard, and learning how to prevent sexism and unwelcoming behavior in the first place. The changes that reduce sexism also make communities more welcoming, productive, and creative.

A woman explains while a man listens

Ally Skills Workshop discussion

The workshop is free of charge to all attendees of SCALE 13x with a full access pass. You can attend by signing up through the form on the event page. If you haven’t already registered for SCALE 13x, you can get a 50% discount on your full access pass with discount code ADA15, for a total price of $35 (register here).

The workshop is made possible by the generosity of an anonymous Linux kernel developer who donated $100,000 to the Ada Initiative last year in order to support women in Linux and greater diversity in open source software overall. This is only the first of four workshops we will be teaching at Linux-related conferences in 2015 at no charge to the organizers. Contact us if you would like your conference to host an Ally Skills Workshop.

Here are a few things people have said after attending other Ally Skills Workshops:

“We’ve run the [Ally Skills Workshop] 4 times and the impact has been fantastic. This workshop has been the catalyst for many ‘a­ha’ moments. People who understood bias exists in a very logical way, were able to see, through the conversation with peers about the very relevant scenarios, and connect emotionally with the impact bias has on the colleagues they respect and interact with daily.” – Anonymous participant

“I’ve already witnessed a couple of incidents where coworkers who attended the workshop corrected themselves after saying something that could be misconstrued.” – Anonymous participant

“Change is uncomfortable. This workshop helped me be comfortable about being uncomfortable. Once that is addressed it opens a path for improvement, personally and for our industry.” – Kris Amundson

You can be part of change in the Linux kernel development community! Sign up for the Ally Skills Workshop at SCALE 13x today!

Free Ally Skills Workshop for attendees of LinuxCon Chicago August 21

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CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin Photo

Want to do your part in making the Linux community more welcoming to women and people of all sorts? Planning to attend this year’s LinuxCon NA in Chicago? Then you should sign up for the free Ada Initiative’s Ally Skills Workshop at LinuxCon, from 2:30pm to 5:30pm on Thursday, August 21st. Attendance is free to LinuxCon attendees (you must be registered for LinuxCon to attend).

The Ally Skills Workshop (formerly called the Allies Workshop) teaches men simple, everyday ways to support women in their workplace and communities, in an engaging, discussion-oriented format. After a brief introduction on basic principles of responding to sexism (choose your battles, practice simple responses, you don’t have to be funny, etc.), we discuss real-world scenarios and figure out ways to respond to them. Here’s one review:

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Workshop discussion

This was an amazing class. Great scenarios, great conversations. I really enjoyed not only the guided discussion, but break out conversations with co-workers were hugely enlightening. I’d love to have more honest and frank conversation along that line with [my colleagues].” – Joseph Bironas

People love the practical focus and walk away with skills they can use right away:

“I’ve already witnessed a couple of incidents where coworkers who attended the workshop corrected themselves after saying something that could be misconstrued.” – Anonymous participant

I liked how it focused on concrete actions and behaviors we could use immediately, not theory.” – Ashley Penney

And other attendees learned new ways to think about and respond to sexism in general:

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Workshop leader Valerie Aurora

“The most useful thing I got out of the class was the underlying notion of asserting and defending community values when responding to sexism, rather than addressing the responsible individual directly.” – Anonymous participant

While the workshop is aimed at teaching ally skills to men, it works best with at least 20% women in attendance, so we welcome people of all genders at the workshop!

Sounds like something you’d like to learn? Sign up for the Ally Skills Workshop at LinuxCon now. If you can’t attend LinuxCon, contact us at contact@adainitiative.org to find out how you can run the workshop at your workplace.

LinuxCon features several other events to support women and newcomers in Linux, including the First Time Attendees’ Reception and the Women in OSS luncheon. The Ada Initiaive’s Executive Director will be attending as many of these events as possible as well as teaching the Ally Skills Workshop.

Looking forward to seeing you at LinuxCon and the Ally Skills Workshop!

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Allies workshop discussion