August 18, 2017

Code of Conduct


Women in Science Portland is dedicated to providing professional support in creating spaces that are inclusive to the largest number of attendees, contributors, and participants, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds  We are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices.

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our community, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

We invite all those who participate in Women in Science events, programs, and activities to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone. This code of conduct is available on our GitHub.

Community Citizenship:

A supplemental goal of this Code of Conduct is to increase community citizenship by encouraging everyone to recognize and strengthen the relationships between our actions and their effects on our community. We shape our community with our actions and words.

Communities mirror the societies in which they exist and positive action is essential to counteract the many forms of inequality and abuses of power that exist in society.

If you see someone who is making an extra effort to ensure our community is welcoming, friendly, and encourages all people to have a great time and to contribute to the fullest extent, we want to know and to acknowledge their contributions to our community.

Expected Behavior

The following behaviors are expected and requested of all community members:

* Women in Science Portland provides unique professional experiences — we are all hear to learn form each other and expect participants to show up ready to engage.
* Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of this community.
* Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
* Attempt collaboration before conflict.
* Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
* Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert community leaders if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, **even if they seem inconsequential**. We always want to know if something doesn’t feel right, even if you’re not 100% sure why.
* Remember that community event venues may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.

Unacceptable Behavior

We do not tolerate harassment in any form. The following behaviors are considered harassment and are unacceptable within our community:

* Violence, threats of violence, depictions of violence, or violent commmunication directed against another person or a group of people.
* Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
* Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material.
* Posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”).
* Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.
* Inappropriate photography or recording.
* Inappropriate physical contact. You should have someone’s consent before touching them.
* Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, sexualized comments or jokes; inappropriate touching, groping, and sexual advances.
* Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following (online or in person).
* Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
* Sustained disruption of community events, including talks and presentations.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior from any community member, including sponsors and those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately and without protest.

If a community member engages in unacceptable behavior, the community organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the community without warning (and without refund in the case of a paid event).

Reporting Guidelines

If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify event organizers or Women in Science Steering Committee members as soon as possible. When in doubt, just reach out. We can talk it out and decide what action to take.

During events, event organizers Safety Coordinators are available to help community members engage with local law enforcement or to otherwise help those experiencing unacceptable behavior feel safe. Organizers will also provide escorts as desired by the person experiencing distress.

License and attribution

This Code of Conduct is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license

Portions of text derived from the Django Code of Conduct and the Geek Feminism Anti-Harassment Policy.

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