The PgUS Diversity Committee has compiled a Diversity Initiatives questionnaire to gather ideas from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives across open source technology communities. These ideas will form the basis for real change in the United States PostgreSQL Association's Diversity Committee, and will aid in providing resources for other organizations to rebuild and recreate their own communities that both uplift and are uplifted by diversity.
The questionnaire can be found at:
Your contribution of thoughts, knowledge, and time to this project through responding to these questions is valuable, and much appreciated.
President, U.S. PostgreSQL Association
Call Me: Stacey
Thank you for this form.
I'm sorry that I have to admit I don't know how to help. I do think it would be great to match the diversity in the planet in our community, but I also think that as a white woman, I need to stop talking on the subject and begin to listen.
So, anyone out there if you have any idea how to help, please, fill in this form.
Have a nice day,
Paper doesn’t grow on trees. Please print responsibly.
I really appreciated reading this questionnaire and the effort it took to create, it was thought-provoking. However, I must echo Laetitia's thoughts and comment that I am at a loss in my ability to provide meaningful feedback, and feel there is listening needed. Recently, I have been asked to reflect on my experience being the only female in an IT Support Program at a Canadian College. When asked how to encourage more women to enter such a program, I felt totally stumped, and said so. I did say "having a lack of role models doesn't help" but that was the best I could do.
Something did catch my attention and had my wheels turning: a story in the National Geographic called "They Risk Their Lives to Save Elephants" (please see below for more details). In anticipation of World Elephant Day next Wednesday (August 12) , I do wonder if we have a platform to highlight such exceptional dedication and achievements? While these efforts may not be directly towards the PostgreSQL project, I do feel that highlighting stories of female heroes and efforts to save the elephants may be helpful ways to empower those in our community who do not identify as male. I would be interested in others' thoughts.
On Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 3:33 AM Lætitia Avrot <[hidden email]> wrote:
Just a few more links on this theme if interested:
How One Woman Escaped Her Violent Marriage To Join The World’s First All-Female Anti-Poaching Force
Save the Elephants
The Woman Saving Kenya's Elephants
Saving Elephants in a Digital World
Meet Thailand's Elephant Whisperer
Disrupting the Dominant Conservation Paradigm
One woman's mission to save orphaned elephants
Have-a-go heroes: the women saving elephants in their free time
Save Nosey Now
"It’s no secret that elephants are a matriarchal society. The females form lifelong bonds with other females- they co-mother, sharing all of the responsibilities of child rearing. They also pass generational wisdom between elder “crone” elephants who know the ancient migration routes and can find water buried deep in the ground. Truly, female elephants represent the best of woman energy and it’s only natural that some of that “magic” would find its way into the hearts of we humans.
On Thu, Aug 6, 2020 at 5:42 PM Katherine Mcmillan <[hidden email]> wrote:
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