FriendsInTech - a free workshop event for young girls focused on female camaraderie in tech.

June 23rd, 2018 / Suffolk Community College - Grant Campus / 9am - 5pm

What is the purpose of this event?

The purpose of FriendsInTech is to introduce the meaning and importance of STEAM, how STEAM engagement positively impacts a community, and the opportunities it provides young female minorities.

The event's theme is female camaraderie in tech where the young girls will be pairing up to build networking skills and friendships and working on programmable friendship-based technology.

We're not only working to build a STEAM presence but also supportive relationships to retain young women in tech.

The goal is to increase community awareness, local official support, collaborative and funding opportunities for future STEAM engagement events, and curriculum development and implementation.

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Speakers

Emily Ong

Girls Who Code

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Mary Cunnigham

Long Island Science Center

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Jessica Doeman

NYC College of Technology-CUNY

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Vanessa Siverls

We Build Black

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Agenda

9:00 am

Breakfast and check-in

9:30 am

Opening remarks and panel discussion

10:15 am

Event kick-off

10:45 am

Girls Who Code ice-breaker session and partner pairing

11:15 am

Girls Who Code “Women in Tech” activity

12:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm

Jewelbots “Make-A-Game” programming activity

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Educator/local official breakout session

4:00 pm

Participant reflection

4:45 pm

Closing remarks

5:00 pm

Event concludes

Code of Conduct

Citizen Code of Conduct

1. Purpose

A primary goal of FriendsInTech is to be inclusive of the largest number of contributors, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion (or lack thereof).

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our community, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

We invite all those who participate in the FriendsInTech event to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone.

2. Open [Source/Culture/Tech] Citizenship

A supplemental goal of this Code of Conduct is to increase open [source/culture/tech] citizenship by encouraging participants to recognize and strengthen the relationships between our actions and their effects on our community.

Communities mirror the societies in which they exist and positive action is essential to counteract the many forms of inequality and abuses of power that exist in society.

If you see someone who is making an extra effort to ensure our community is welcoming, friendly, and encourages all participants to contribute to the fullest extent, we want to know.

3. Expected Behavior

The following behaviors are expected and requested of all community members:

Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of this community. Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions. Attempt collaboration before conflict. Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech. Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert community leaders if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential. Remember that community event venues may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.

4. Unacceptable Behavior

The following behaviors are considered harassment and are unacceptable within our community:

Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another person. Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language. Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material. Posting or threatening to post other people's personally identifying information ("doxing"). Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability. Inappropriate photography or recording. Inappropriate physical contact. You should have someone's consent before touching them. Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, sexualized comments or jokes; inappropriate touching, groping, and unwelcomed sexual advances. Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following (online or in person). Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior. Sustained disruption of community events, including talks and presentations.

5. Weapons Policy

No weapons will be allowed at the FriendsInTech event, community spaces, or in other spaces covered by the scope of this Code of Conduct. Weapons include but are not limited to guns, explosives (including fireworks), and large knives such as those used for hunting or display, as well as any other item used for the purpose of causing injury or harm to others. Anyone seen in possession of one of these items will be asked to leave immediately, and will only be allowed to return without the weapon. Community members are further expected to comply with all state and local laws on this matter.

6. Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior from any community member, including sponsors and those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

If a community member engages in unacceptable behavior, the community organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the event and event community without warning.

7. Reporting Guidelines

If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify a community organizer as soon as possible. Send a direct message to the FriendsInTech Admin via the event Slack channel at https://li-friendsintech.slack.com. Please ensure you've requested Slack access from Tiffany Linzan at learnmore@civicinteract.com.

All reports will be kept confidential. In some cases we may determine that a public statement will need to be made. If that’s the case, the identities of all victims and reporters will remain confidential unless those individuals instruct us otherwise. If you believe anyone is in physical danger, please notify appropriate law enforcement first. If you are unsure what law enforcement agency is appropriate, please include this in your report and we will attempt to notify them.

In your report please include:

  • Your contact info (so we can get in touch with you if we need to follow up)
  • Names (real, nicknames, or pseudonyms) of any individuals involved. If there were other witnesses besides you, please try to include them as well.
  • When and where the incident occurred. Please be as specific as possible.
  • Your account of what occurred. If there is a publicly available record (e.g. a mailing list archive or a public IRC logger) please include a link.
  • Any extra context you believe existed for the incident.
  • If you believe this incident is ongoing.
  • Any other information you believe we should have.

What happens after you file a report?

You will receive an email from the FriendsInTech Admin acknowledging receipt within 24 hours (and will aim for much quicker than that).

The admin will immediately meet to review the incident and determine:

  • What happened.
  • Whether this event constitutes a code of conduct violation.
  • Who the bad actor was.
  • Whether this is an ongoing situation, or if there is a threat to anyone’s physical safety.

If this is determined to be an ongoing incident or a threat to physical safety, the admin’s immediate priority will be to protect everyone involved. This means we may delay an "official" response until we believe that the situation has ended and that everyone is physically safe.

Once the admin has a complete account of the events they will make a decision as to how to respond. Responses may include:

  • Nothing (if we determine no violation occurred).
  • A private reprimand from the working group to the individual(s) involved. A public reprimand.
  • An imposed vacation (i.e. asking someone to "take a week off" from a mailing list or IRC).
  • A permanent or temporary ban from some or all FriendsInTech spaces (events, meetings, mailing lists, IRC, etc.)
  • A request for a public or private apology.
  • A request to engage in mediation and/or an accountability plan.
  • We’ll respond within one week to the person who filed the report with either a resolution or an explanation of why the situation is not yet resolved.

Once we’ve determined our final action, we’ll contact the original reporter to let them know what action (if any) we’ll be taking. We’ll take into account feedback from the reporter on the appropriateness of our response, but we don’t guarantee we’ll act on it.

Finally, the FriendsInTech Admin will make a report on the situation to the FriendsInTech board. The board may choose to issue a public report of the incident.

Additionally, community organizers are available to help community members engage with local law enforcement or to otherwise help those experiencing unacceptable behavior feel safe. In the context of in-person events, organizers will also provide escorts as desired by the person experiencing distress.

Appealing

Only permanent resolutions (such as bans) may be appealed. To appeal a decision of the board, contact the FriendsInTech Admin at learnmore@civicinteract.com and the appeal will be shared with the rest of the board who will review the case.

8. Addressing Grievances

If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this Code of Conduct, you should notify FriendsInTech_Event_Admin with a concise description of your grievance. Your grievance will be handled in accordance with our existing governing policies.

9. Scope

We expect all community participants (contributors, paid or otherwise; sponsors; and other guests) to abide by this Code of Conduct in all community venues--online and in-person--as well as in all one-on-one communications pertaining to community business.

This code of conduct and its related procedures also applies to unacceptable behavior occurring outside the scope of community activities when such behavior has the potential to adversely affect the safety and well-being of community members.

10. Contact info

Send a direct message to the FriendsInTech Admin via the event Slack channel at https://li-friendsintech.slack.com. Please ensure you've requested Slack access from Tiffany Linzan at learnmore@civicinteract.com.

11. License and attribution

The Citizen Code of Conduct, which was heavily adopted by FriendsInTech, is distributed by Stumptown Syndicate under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

Portions of text derived from the Django Code of Conduct and the Geek Feminism Anti-Harassment Policy.

Revision 2.3. Posted 6 March 2017.

Revision 2.2. Posted 4 February 2016.

Revision 2.1. Posted 23 June 2014.

Revision 2.0, adopted by the Stumptown Syndicate board on 10 January 2013. Posted 17 March 2013.**







Event Sponsors & Partners

Suffolk County Legislator Monica R. Martinez

Gregory Wilson, PhD

Amie Colosa

Janelle Clarke-Smith

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