Diversity and inclusion are active topic areas in the Drupal community, in the digital technology industry, and indeed on American culture overall. All over our country, communities are feeling threatened, making any conversation around diversity a highly charged affair. The Drupal community has also gone through a challenging year of introspection around the topic of inclusion, forcing difficult conversations about what and who should and should not be included. We are living divided times. Yet the Drupal community seems primed to dig deep and explore what diversity really means for us, and how to develop it.
What's the difference between diversity and inclusion? Why is the digital space having so much difficulty with diversity? Is there anything about the Drupal community that makes us an more (or less) likely to foster diversity? And why does any of this matter? These are all important questions that will be explored during this talk, along with some practical examples for what all of us can do to enter into conversations around diversity and inclusion in a safe, respectful, and collaborative way. Practical examples of how to foster diversity in the Drupal community will be given. This talk will be a collective group journey into sensitive and vulnerable territories, but promises interactivity, a safe space for the exchange of ideas, and perhaps even a little humor.
Chris Rooney is the President and Founder of Digital Bridge Solutions, a full-service digital development agency creating online content and commerce experiences for mid-sized enterprises. His 15+ years of consulting experience working at the intersection of strategy, technology, and marketing give him a road-tested perspective on driving business results in the digital channel. Chris is a frequent attendee of Drupal Cons and Camps, and has spoken at Drupalcon, Midcamp, and Drupal North conferences. Digital Bridge Solutions is a Supporting Partner of the Drupal Association, and has been a sponsor for both Midcamp and Drupalcon for the past 4 years running.
Chris is a native Chicagoan and a graduate of Northwestern University, where earned undergraduate and graduate degrees, and football scholarship. He serves as a mentor for Northwestern University’s football alumni mentor program and the Chicago Park District Garfield Park boxing program, and teaches flying trapeze at the Trapeze School New York in Chicago.