Underrepresented in Tech

Hey, May seems to have blown by! But we’ve still got some time for this month’s newsletter. We’ve packed this edition with some stuff we think you will like. Let’s get right into the content. 💪

✨ Here’s one of our favorite things from the past month.

GoWP Digital Agency Owners Podcast Episode 21 with Michelle Frechette Director of Community Engagment at StellarWP. with Michelle's headshot.

Michelle had the honor of being interviewed for the GoWP Digital Agency Owners Podcast, where she talked about inclusion, mental health, and the WordPress community.

👩‍💻 Our Latest Podcast Episode

A man working at a laptop.

Listen to: Impacting the World with WordPress in 48 Hours (feat. Sima Parekh)

In this episode, Allie chats with Sima Parekh, the Executive Director of 48in48 – an organization which holds annual events focused on launching 48 websites for 48 nonprofits in 48 hours. Allie and Sima discuss Sima’s history with the organization, how this build-a-thon works, and the impact that it’s had so far.

📰 Diversify Your Feed

Diversity Woes with WordCamp Europe – Drama, Accountability, and a Way Forward

Diverse and Inclusive Event Speaker Selection – Give it a Listen

Layoff Kit – Read the post

25 Organizations Bringing Diversity and Inclusion to Tech – Learn more

Let’s Get Ready for Pride – Give it a Listen

✨ Newest additions to the database!

In each monthly newsletter, get introduced to some of the most recent professionals who have added themselves to the Underrepresented in Tech database!

Danielle Zarcaro (Development/code, accessibility, WordPress, public speaking)

Nabayinda Hanifah (WordPress, event organization)

Monica Colangelo (Development/code, tech support, computer networking)

Marta Torre (Development/code, diversity consulting, accessibility, tech support, WordPress, project management)

Sabrina Schutzsmith (Website design, business consulting, marketing, tech support, customer success, WordPress, event organization)

Leo Gopal (Development/code, website design, diversity consulting, tech support, customer success, WordPress, public speaking, event organization)

🔥 Hot Take from Michelle: You are now entering Pride Month (at least in many places… 🔥

In many places June is celebrated as Pride Month. You’ll see rainbow flags, rainbow shirts, and rainbow lots of other things. (I just got a Love is Love hat.)

You don’t have to be part of the queer community to celebrate!

Allyship is part of Pride, too! As a matter of fact, people in the LGBTQ+ community report having been the recipients of hate language and actions, being disconnected (or expelled) from their families, and are likely to experience mental health crises at some point – all for being their authentic selves. Allies are welcomed and appreciated by most people.

GLAAD offers a list of 10 Ways to be an Ally and a Friend:

  1. Be a listener.
  2. Be open-minded.
  3. Be willing to talk.
  4. Be inclusive and invite LGBT friends to hang out with your friends and family.
  5. Don’t assume that all your friends and co-workers are straight. Someone close to you could be looking for support in their coming-out process. Not making assumptions will give them the space they need.
  6. Anti-LGBT comments and jokes are harmful. Let your friends, family and co-workers know that you find them offensive.
  7. Confront your own prejudices and bias, even if it is uncomfortable to do so.
  8. Defend your LGBT friends against discrimination.
  9. Believe that all people, regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation, should be treated with dignity and respect.
  10. If you see LGBT people being misrepresented in the media, contact us at glaad.org.

If you are part of the LGBTQ+ community, we here at Underrepresented in Tech celebrate you! We support you. And we accept you for who you are.

And if you see me in person, know that I have a mom hug for you!

Allie and I are gladly safe spaces.

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