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RIPE Diversity Task Force

The RIPE Diversity Task Force was formed in May 2017 at RIPE 74 in Budapest.

The goal of the task force is to increase diversity in the RIPE community. We aim to remove barriers that prevent participation, particularly those that affect underrepresented and marginalised groups in the community.

The RIPE community should be a welcoming place for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, colour, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.

A diverse RIPE community provides a wider variety of expertise and experiences to help achieve its goals of "technical coordination necessary to enable the operation of the Internet." 

Draft scope

The RIPE Diversity Task Force agrees to:

  • Review and report on the current state of RIPE Meeting diversity
  • Identify key areas of action and delegate to the appropriate people (either community volunteers or the RIPE NCC)
  • Evaluate the actions taken
  • Report progress on action points through the RIPE Diversity mailing list and RIPE Meetings
  • Work with the RIPE NCC to gather diversity metrics for benchmarking purposes
  • Hold meetings that are open to everyone
  • Maintain a work plan / list of actions

Timeline

Although "increasing diversity" is a continuing activity, the effectiveness of the TF will be evaluated at RIPE 79 to determine if it is still serving its purpose.

Task Force Members

RIPE community:
Brian Nisbet
Denesh Bhabuta
Donal Cunningham
Malcolm Hutty
Shane Kerr

RIPE NCC:
Amanda Gowland
Gergana Petrova
Vesna Manojlovic
Mirjam Kuehne

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