Over the last 13 years the Eclipse Foundation has worked diligently to become the community of choice for commercially friendly open source software development. Today that community numbers in the millions and spans more than 200 unique projects and working groups with committers all over the world working together to build amazing things. While we are a well established organization, we are also one undergoing significant redesign of some of our core offerings. The goal of all the changes underway at the Foundation is to nurture and grow our community, and to make sure that as industries evolve, we continue to provide unique value to our member companies, committers and the open source community as a whole.
It is in that spirit that I am incredibly honored to introduce myself as the coordinator of diversity and inclusion efforts at the Eclipse Foundation. Over the next few months myself, my colleagues and our community will be working together to develop and deploy impact driven initiatives aimed at ensuring the Eclipse Foundation ecosystem is as place where people from all walks of life and all aspects of software development feel respected, valued and included in our community.
Throughout my career I have gotten to know so many passionate, smart and hard working people who have dedicated their careers to making the technology industry more diverse and inclusive. At Eclipse we are thrilled to begin partnering with and participating in these initiatives. Additionally, we will be rolling out a number of exciting initiatives aimed at growing diversity within the Eclipse developer community and open source as a whole.
So, with that said, I would like to invite our entire community to participate in the development and implementation of these new programs. Things we are working on now are:
- Identifying ways in which all Eclipse events are inclusive events and welcoming,
- Rolling out an ambassador program to involve the community in welcoming newcomers into the ecosystem,
- Reaching out to established projects to see how we can support their efforts,
- Making all Eclipse Foundation websites and resources easier to navigate for native non-English speakers,
- Providing the community with a direct path to Foundation staff for ideas, complaints, feedback and other issues that our community or members may encounter.
If you would like to get involved with these efforts, think we missed something or need help, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or join us on the Eclipse Foundation Mattermost Diversity Channel. https://mattermost.eclipse.org/eclipse/channels/diversity