Introduction: Why this Code Exists
As an organization that has diversity and inclusion at the root of its mission, we publish this Code of Conduct (“Code”) to state our explicit commitment to creating diverse and equitable spaces where all members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies can thrive. We created this Code with the understanding that our community has both shared experiences as LGBTQ+ people, and also many different experiences in regards to gender, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, religion, race, body size, socioeconomic status, ability, physical appearance, mental abilities, neuro(a)typicality, veteran status, or any other under indexed or underrepresented cross-section within our community.
Having a Code ensures that we all understand the extraordinary level of respect we expect within our community and provides us with a clear roadmap for correcting our culture should we stray from our course. Whether blatant or hidden, barriers to access, inclusion and success have no place within HackOut.
Scope: To Whom and Where the Code Applies
This Code applies to all interactions within the Hackout weekend and events leading up to the event, including the conference site, community forums, email, and slack. This Code applies to staff, contractors, volunteers, advisors, sponsors, mentors, and Hackout participants.
Best Practices for StartOut & LGBTQ+ spaces
We want to give people the opportunity to grow through recognizing the impact of their actions and follow up with clear behavioral changes. Usually, we will give people a warning and the opportunity to correct their behavior before removing them from HackOut. Any egregious actions that are violent, hateful, threatening, or intentionally harassing can warrant removal without warning at the discretion of our staff and/or board.
Reporting a Problem
HackOut is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, religion, race, body size, socioeconomic status, ability, physical appearance, veteran status, etc. We do not tolerate harassment of staff, programming board members, volunteers, and members. We welcome everyone to learn from interpersonal accidents as we cultivate an understanding of one another’s experiences.
If a member engages in harassing behavior, the HackOut team may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from HackOut events and community activities.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the HackOut immediately: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commitment to Improvement and Culture Building
HackOut as an organization is committed to growth and improvement. We understand that none of us are perfect: It’s expected that all of us, regardless of our backgrounds, will from time to time fail to live up to our very high standards. What matters isn’t having a perfect track record, but being ready to acknowledge our mistakes and improve.
If you are approached as having (consciously or otherwise) acted in a way that might make a community member feel unwelcome or uncomfortable, refrain from getting defensive; remember that if someone calls you out, it likely took a great deal of courage, trust, and personal investment to have that conversation with you. The best way to respect that energy is to acknowledge your mistake, apologize, and move on—with a renewed commitment to do better.
In that vein, we as an organization promise to continuously re-evaluate and update this Code based on feedback from our staff, members, board, and volunteers.
Our community is invited to contribute to or suggest changes to this Code by filing an official note at email@example.com or through written or verbal feedback to anyone on our team. All changes will be reviewed by our team and if necessary, legal support.
Thank you to the following resources for informing this Code of Conduct: