Code of Conduct

Design Week Portland (DWP) was built on the strength of hundreds of independent Events and Open Houses, conceived and hosted by the creative community of an entire city. Like the design community as a whole, the DWP team and community is diverse.

We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from any event without a refund or barred from communication channels at the discretion of the organizers.

Diversity is one of our huge strengths, but it can also lead to communication issues and unhappiness. To that end, we have a few ground rules to which we ask people to adhere. This code applies equally to directors, volunteers, organizers, attendees and members of our extended community. This isn’t an exhaustive list of things that you can’t do. Taken in the spirit in which it’s intended, it’s a guide to make it easier to enrich all of us and the design communities in which we participate.

This code of conduct applies to all spaces managed by DWP. This includes our events, our social channels, our mailing list, and any other outposts created by the team which the community uses for communication. In addition, violations of this code outside these spaces may affect a person's ability to participate within them.

Be friendly and patient.

Be welcoming. We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to members of any 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.

Be respectful. Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It’s important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. Members of the DWP community should be respectful when dealing with other members as well as with people outside the DWP community.

Be careful in the words that you choose. We are a community of professionals, and we conduct ourselves professionally. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior aren't acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to:

• Violent threats or language directed against another person.
• Discriminatory jokes and language.
• Posting sexually explicit or violent material.
• Posting (or threatening to post) other people's personally identifying information ("doxing").
• Personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms.
• Unwelcome sexual attention.
• Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
• Repeated harassment of others. In general, if someone asks you to stop, then stop.

When we disagree, try to understand why. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we’re different. The strength of DWP comes from its varied community, people from a wide range of backgrounds. Different people have different perspectives on issues. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint doesn’t mean that they’re wrong. Don’t forget that it is human to err and blaming each other doesn’t get us anywhere. Instead, focus on helping to resolve issues and learning from mistakes.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact one of the organizers, a member of security, or one of the DWP volunteers immediately. All reports will be handled in the strictest confidence. If something transpires online, we can be reached via email at conduct@designweekportland.com.

This document borrows liberally from XOXO and Django, and is therefore based on the work of JSConf, Geek Feminism, and confcodeofconduct.com. It was guided by resources provided by Andy McMillan

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