Best Practices For Improving Diversity Within the Ubuntu Community
- The best way to increase diversity is to communicate with new members. Community members should always look for new faces, new forum participants, etc. Talk to new members about their skills and interests, make suggestions to hook them up with community members of similar interests, and encourage them to attend additional events. Show new members that they are appreciated.
- Keep in mind that new members show up because they're interested in Ubuntu. Interest shown to new members should center around Ubuntu, Linux, FOSS, computing, and technical information.
- Refer to community members as 'women' and 'men', avoid stereotypes in presentation and materials, and never use sexist jokes. Don't ask for a 'date' with someone you don't know. Handle social faux-pas with grace and understanding, as the Ubuntu community has a wide variance in social skills.
- Always be open to new opportunities for friendships and networking. Sit with new people during break, introduce yourself, go out for pizza and beer with a group.
- For maximum safety for everyone, schedule events at publicly accessible locations with well-lit parking areas. Attendees should only go "off-campus" from conferences in groups of 3 or more.
Other documentation on the subject
For specific examples of sexist and pejorative behavior, read Do's and don't's of encouraging women in Linux