Code of Conduct#
OceanHackWeek (OHW) is dedicated to providing a harassment-free learning experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any OHW venues in either in-person or virtual form, including the Slack workspace. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from OHW at the discretion of the organizers.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion.
Sexual images in public spaces
Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
Harassing photography or recording
Sustained disruption of talks or other events
Inappropriate physical contact
Unwelcome sexual attention
Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the organizers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from OceanHackWeek.
OceanHackWeek organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants. We expect participants to follow these rules at all the event venues and event-related social activities.
Reporting a violation#
Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of OceanHackWeek for everyone. If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible to one of the instructors. You can make a report either personally or anonymously. Anonymous reports can be made here.
This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers.
Q: What can each of us do to make OceanHackWeek an optimal learning environment that is inclusive and welcoming for everyone?
Give people room to express themselves, helping them achieve what they want to achieve this week
Be helpful and spend some time jumping start someone with coding.
Open to new ideas and ways of approaching a problem, being approachable
Organizers are also here to learn from others and certainly don’t have all the answers!
Be cognizant of different locations and time zones, engagement levels
Allow and encourage different ways to engage, not just need to engage via video - like this google doc!
Don’t use language like “obviously” or “clearly” (don’t assume something is easy for others)
Ask questions, all the questions.
Cameras on, so people can see that you’re engaged
Build bridges between all three groups by reaching out to virtual/in-person participants
Making sure everyone is working from a common knowledge baseline
Listen actively and pay attention +1)
Creating specific times/spaces for individuals to bring up questions/concerns - helps shy folks get a chance to communicate
Specifically ask folks who are quieter if they would like to contribute (but don’t pressure them)
Listening and adjusting behaviour if someone expresses discomfort about a behaviour
Letting others know if you are uncomfortable– especially the person causing you the discomfort if it feels safe to do so
Patient and understanding that everyone from different backgrounds and experiences
Communicating in open spaces like slack channels so that others can follow or join
Be patient with technological problems
Using we language instead of you or I esp when learning on Project teams together
Being a good listener and making space for others to speak their mind or answer questions especially if I’ve been the one talking
Using inclusive language to make sure that we aren’t inadvertently accusing or attacking anyone
Smile and show a bit of patience.