Here are some thoughts on the subject:
- Leaders should strive to include diverse voices and groups
Could the Diversity & Inclusion team keep leading the charge and provide best practices on how this can be done, with the leaders having to compile and then complete a checklist based on the profile of their respective community? Different communities may struggle less or more with this challenge.
- Mozilla should enforce the Community Participation Guidelines consistently and strictly
Kinda goes without saying, but cannot be left unsaid lest we stumble.
- Roles should be transparent and visible so that people know what opportunities are available to them and the expectations of them
- Leadership pathways should explicitly consider inclusion dimensions (i.e. time, language, bandwidth, cultural norms)
This sounds like a gargantuan task to pull off with potentially huge payoffs in the future for anyone interested in such pathways, anywhere. Another good starting point for a “leadership manifesto” applicable across Mozilla?
- How do we ensure leadership roles are available to diverse groups?
By raising awareness of vacancies/needs for those roles existing, across the board - and ensuring that as few as possible of them (ideally: zero) are in direct contradiction to our Participation Community Guidelines. On the other hand, if a role is geo-specific (e.g. coordinating a community in location X or Y), we’ll definitely go against the “Geographic location” neutrality principle from the Community Participation Guidelines
- How can we make Community Participation Guidelines a bigger part of our culture?
As boring and obvious as it sounds - keep talking about them, refreshing people’s memories about their existence, make them into a pledge of sorts for Mozillians old & new. Actively recognize that we adhere to them and keep an eye out for those who don’t. Train all leadership on diversity & inclusion and be prepared to have tough chats about the validity and significance of these values with people who may want to challenge them.
Just as an aside: it’s a bit funny that when I sign into some contribution-related (or community owned) sites at Mozilla, I do not get a reminder about Community Participation Guidelines under the login/password field or anywhere else that’s prominent enough for me to be reminded that I’m in a space that respects and believes in those guidelines.
- How can we make it easier for everyone to know what opportunities are available to them?
Perhaps use a central, frequently visited place (mozillians.org? careers.mozilla.org?) to advertise such positions to Mozillians? If pretty standardized, these opportunities could be localized.