In an effort to assert and facilitate the incorporation of diversity policies into its overall strategy, the Board of Directors of the OpenInfra Foundation is committed to fostering an inclusive and welcoming place for all people to collaborate, drive innovation, and design cutting-edge data center capabilities that provide solutions for our most pressing challenges.
This working group sponsors and creates programs that encourage diversity and inclusion by identifying and removing the barriers that keep us from having a diverse, thriving community. The programs recommended by this working group apply to the board of directors, foundation members, project leaders, contributors, and their associated communities. Each program has specific success metrics, and the working group provides regular updates on all programs to the Board as well as the community.
The diversity working group is supervised by the OpenInfra Foundation Board who has authority to approve its proposals. The Board may choose to exercise such authority by setting guidelines for the scope and implementation of such programs. The working group reviews existing Foundation programs and policies on a regular basis to evaluate their performance and effectiveness. The working group collaborates with project leadership and the Board to ensure that all programs are meeting their diversity and inclusion goals.
Diversity is defined as all the ways people differ from one another including race, color, religion, gender identity and expression, national origin, language, ancestry, age, disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, and other aspects. This includes elements such as personal background, experiences, education, thinking processes, approaches to problem solving, and experiences. The differences range from subtle nuances to very clear points of difference; this is the nature of diversity.
The Diversity and Inclusion working group periodically publishes a survey to the OpenInfra Projects to gauge the health of the individual communities in regards to diversity and inclusion. The aim of the survey is to determine if there are any issues and then work on addressing them.
The survey is open all year and is available here.
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The working group holds regular meetings, open to attendance by any and all interested community members.