Diversity training for functionaries
Chris Keating <chriskeatingwiki <at> gmail.com>
2014-12-12 18:48:47 GMT
Don't know if this has been floated before - apologies if so - but:
Part of the problem we have is the sheer depth of ignorance among otherwise well-intentioned community members.
This depth of ignorance is naturally shared by the people who play leadership roles in the community. So we end up with stewards, arbitrators and bureaucrats who potentially end up reinforcing the gender gap problem because they just have no clue how the structure they maintain can sometimes be a tool to exclude people.
How about offering some form of diversity training to functionaries to help broaden perspectives and raise understanding? Obviously, from the point of view of supporting them to do their difficult and fairly thankless roles better, rather than beating them with diversity sticks.
It could happen (indeed, WMF could make it happen with some volunteer input); could it help?
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