Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Microconference Accepted into 2021 Linux Plumbers Conference

We are pleased to announce that the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Microconference has been accepted into the 2021 Linux Plumbers Conference.

Creating diverse communities requires effort and commitment to creating inclusive and welcoming spaces. Recognizing that communities which adopt inclusive language and actions attract and retain more individuals from diverse backgrounds, the Linux kernel community adopted inclusive language in Linux 5.8 release. Understanding if this sort of change has been effective is a topic of active research. This MC will take a pulse of the Linux kernel community as it turns 30 this year and discuss some next steps. Experts from the DEI research community will share their perspectives, together with the perspectives from the Linux community members. This microconference will build on what was started at the LPC 2020 BoF session on Improving Diversity.

This year’s topics to be discussed include:

  • What are the challenges in attracting and retaining a diverse group of developers that are worth focusing on.
  • Does the Code of Conduct and Inclusive naming efforts help people of diverse groups feel at home? What else is missing?
  • How effective have the kernel mentoring initiatives been? Are there best practices emerging that help the limited pool of mentors be more effective?
  • What will be the most effective next steps for advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion that will improve the trends, and help us scale?

Come and join us in the discussion of how we can improve the diversity of the Linux Kernel community and help keep it vibrant for the next 30 years!

We hope to see you there.

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