Code of Ethics

General Policies and Guidelines

Arise! Communities (AC) is dedicated to providing a supportive, harassment-free community and learning experience for everyone, regardless of race, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, neuroatypicality, physical appearance, body size, religion, or country of origin. We expect all attendees to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout AC events and classes. We do not tolerate harassment or discrimination of participants in any form. AC participants violating these rules will be expelled from our events, classrooms, or online discussion boards without a refund at the discretion of the event organizers. This Code of Conduct governs both in-person AC events and classes as well as online forums, including but not limited to Slack, social media, and Meetup.

Code of Conduct (CoC)

We urge our members to not assume the pronouns of others. While many of our members use she/her or he/him, for example, some use they/them or others. Please be welcoming of all who join, whether or not they have a “technical” job, are just starting their tech journey, or are an industry expert. This group is for all, regardless of skill, career level or industry. Sexualized imagery, comments, content, or suggestions are not acceptable at any AC-associated event, class, or online forum. Racist, exclusionary, or derogatory jokes, imagery, or other content are not acceptable at any AC-associated event, class, or online forum. Please ask permission before touching, taking photos of, or tagging other attendees on social media. Our spaces are for all, but are especially built for marginalized communities. We will always prioritize marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort.

Consequences for CoC Violations

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, AC organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including but not limited to, warning the offender, expelling them from the event, and banning them from all future events, classes, and online forums. If you witness or experience an incident that made you feel unsafe, harassed, or uneasy, please speak to the event host or reach out to an organizer. We always want to provide a safe space for all, and would address the issue immediately. All violations of the CoC, whether in-person or online, can also be reported via the anonymous form. In the scenario of an attendee or an event organizer violation, the report will reviewed by the Leadership Team. In the scenario of a Leadership Team member, the report will be reviewed by a member of the Board of Directors.

Our Definition of Harrassment

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to race, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, or religion; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. Adults who identify as men are welcome at our events and classes, and it is expected that all participants be treated with equal respect. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

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