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Nov 16 2020
Nov 16

The Drupal Community Working Group is continuing to team up with Otter Tech to offer live, monthly, online Code of Conduct incident response training for the Drupal community.

At the time of this article, twenty community members have completed the training, ensuring that both in-person and online Drupal events world-wide have access to qualified Code of Conduct contacts.

Contribute to the community

Being a Code of Conduct contact for Drupal events is a great way to contribute to the community without coding. It is essential that community events are safe for all people and our Code of Conduct contacts are key to making that happen.

What is a Code of Conduct contact?

The role of a Code of Conduct contact is to be available on behalf of a virtual or in-person event to take incident reports and assist event organizers in responding to Code of Conduct violations.

Drupal event organizers typically identify at least two unique individuals that agree to be Code of Conduct contacts to help create a safe and welcoming environment for their attendees. These contacts and their contact information are made available to attendees on the event website, through event emails, in event presentations, etc. so that attendees know who and how to approach if an incident occurs.

What are the characteristics of a good Code of Conduct contact?

  • Trustworthy: This includes being able to keep information confidential as well as being reliable when it comes to being accessible during an event.
  • Approachable: Good contacts are seen as friendly, empathetic, and respectful. They listen carefully, appreciate the emotions and needs that underlie each conversation, and come across as genuinely concerned with the well-being of everyone involved.
  • Perceptive: Someone who can quickly grasp a situation, understand its complexities and dynamics, and provide a clearer understanding of options by analyzing the issues and identifying risk.
  • Impartial: To be effective, a contact must be able to control their feelings and not invest emotionally in the outcome.

About the workshop

The training is designed to provide "first responder" skills to Drupal community members who take reports of potential Code of Conduct issues at Drupal events, including meetups, camps, conventions, and other gatherings. The workshops will be attended by Code of Conduct enforcement teams from other open-source events, which will allow cross-pollination of knowledge with the Drupal community.

The workshop covers:

  • Tips for protecting reporter privacy
  • Frameworks for deciding consequences of inappropriate behavior
  • Discussion on bias, intent, and microaggressions
  • Discussion on personal conflicts, false reporting, and power dynamics
  • 40 minutes total of Q&A time
  • Interactive practice enforcing a Code of Conduct

Upcoming workshops

Saturdays, 9am to 1pm US Pacific Time
(Saturdays, 5pm to 9pm UTC)

Workshop cost

The standard cost of the workshop is $350, but Otter Tech has offered a $50 discount for Drupal community members. To receive the discount, let us know you are interested by completing the following form.

$50 discount sign-up form

An additional subsidy of $100 is available for the December 5, 2020 workshop. Subsidies will be provided based on reported need as a way to make this training opportunity available to more of our community.

$50 discount + $100 subsidy sign-up form

After completion

Drupal community members who successfully complete the workshop will receive a community contribution credit on Drupal.org and may be listed on Drupal.org (in the Drupal Community Workgroup section) as a means to highlight that they have completed the training.

We are fully aware that the fact that the workshops will be presented in English limits who will be able to attend. We are more than interested in finding additional professional Code of Conduct workshops in other languages. Please contact us if you can assist.

Oct 02 2020
Oct 02

The Mental Health First Aid workshop is an internationally-recognized, skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues. The goal of this course is to raise understanding and promote positive, effective responses to those in need. To date, more than three million people have completed this training worldwide. The Drupal Community Working Group (CWG) Community Health Team is pleased to announce that registration is now open for a virtual Mental Health First Aid workshop exclusively for Drupal community members on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 1500 UTC. Prior to the workshop, students will be required to complete 2 hours of self-study.

The Mental Health First Aid workshop is currently country-specific. The October 27th workshop will be based on the United States curriculum. All community members are welcome to attend, but if you'd prefer to pursue the workshop customized for another country, please fill out this form and let us know.

The CWG continually looks for opportunities to promote growth in our community. We believe that these types of proactive workshops will help improve our community's mental health literacy and awareness, as well as making it easier for us to have open, honest, and respectful conversations. We can all be empowered to potentially spot signs of when community members are in need of assistance.

The cost of the workshop is $80. If you need financial assistance, please contact us at drupal-cwg at drupal.org.

Participants will complete a 2-hour self-study followed by a 4.5-hour live-instructor Zoom session. The 2-hour self-study must be completed prior to the Zoom portion of the workshop.

Upon completion, participants have a better understanding of the impact mental illnesses and addictions have on a person, their family and communities.

Register for the course today - registration closes on October 20, 2020.

Notes about the registration process:

  • Time zone information is not displayed on the registration page. The virtual portion of the workshop takes place at 1500 UTC (11am ET, 8am PT).
  • On the registration form, there are several options that are not relevant to the virtual workshop. Please ignore (enter "not applicable" or "n/a").
  • In the automated email you will receive confirming your registration, there is a physical location for the workshop. Please ignore.
  • In the days leading up to the workshop, you will receive emails from both the MHFA instructor as well as the CWG Community Health Team with additional information.

Eight Quick Facts about Mental Health First Aid:

  1. Participants learn a five-step action plan to help loved ones, colleagues, neighbors and others cope with mental health or substance use problems.
  2. Mental Health First Aid is designed to provide temporary help to a person either developing or experiencing a mental health crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves.
  3. This is an evidence-based public education and prevention tool designed to improve knowledge and communication.
  4. Originally created in Australia in 2001, it is now international with programs in countries such as the United Kingdom, China, Canada, Finland, and Singapore.
  5. The National Council for Behavioral Health has the goal of making Mental Health First Aid as common as traditional First Aid and CPR are today.
  6. Mental Health First Aid studies have shown that the program:
    • improves people’s mental health,
    • increases understanding of issues and treatments,
    • connects people with care
    • reduces stigma.
  7. Trainees learn a five-step action plan to assess, intervene, and secure care. Trainees also learn risk factors and warning signs.
  8. Certification is valid for three years, after which an online recertification may be completed.

Over the past few years, the CWG has organized proactive community health events, including our on-going Code of Conduct contact training. If you are aware of an organization that provides opportunities you’d like us to consider please contact us at drupal-cwg at drupal.org.

Jul 16 2020
Jul 16

Baddy BreidertDuring DrupalCon Global, the members of the Drupal Community Working Group announced the winner of the 2020 Aaron Winborn Award, Baddý Breidert (baddysonja).  

The award is named after a long-time Drupal contributor who lost his battle with ALS in 2015. This award recognizes an individual who, like Aaron, demonstrates personal integrity, kindness, and an above-and-beyond commitment to the Drupal project and community. Previous winners of the award are Cathy Theys, Gabór Hojtsy, Nikki Stevens, Kevin Thull, and Leslie Glynn. Current CWG members, along with previous winners, selected the winner based on nominations submitted by Drupal community members.

Baddy has been a member of the Drupal community for over nine years, and is the co-founder of 1xINTERNET based in Germany, Iceland, and Spain. She has been a relentless force for good in the Drupal community as one of the co-organizers of Drupal Europe 2018, Northern Lights and Solstice DrupalCamps (Iceland), local and international Splash Awards, and as an extremely active member of the German Drupal community. She is also currently a member of the Drupal Association Board of Directors.  

Multiple people nominated Baddy for this award. Here are some of the things they said:

She has consistently and tirelessly worked for the good of Drupal across event organisation (Drupal Europe), in Drupal Agency life promoting Drupal to wider audiences and running an ethically grounded business (which contributes back in bucket loads).

She has been an amazing force in so many areas to even count. As a community organizer on crucial events like Drupal Europe to [foster] a contribution culture at her company. Then spreading the word about how that makes the best business sense. She cares so much for diversity and inclusion at her company and in the Drupal community as well.

This year, there were 22 individuals nominated for the award. In the coming weeks, the CWG will be contacting all nominees to let them know of their nomination and thank them for their continued work in the community.

In addition to the physical award shipped to Baddy, she was also provided with a free ticket to DrupalCon Global which she graciously donated to Surabhi Gokte. The physical award that was hand-crafted by Drupal community member Bo Shipley (simplyshipley).  

Nominations for the 2021 award will open in early 2021.
 

May 28 2020
May 28

It’s been a long few months for many of us and we’re all ready for some good news!! Luckily, as a part of the Drupal open source community, we have some. Our group continues to be full of strong, resilient, and uplifting individuals who truly understand that we're all in this together. 

You Have Resources

We cannot recommend strongly enough to please, stay connected and in-touch with your local community. Now more than ever, this can help maintain momentum and provide the companionship that many of us miss during this time of social and physical distancing. Many local and regional meetups provide time at the beginning of their events for networking, including dedicated time for those looking for work and those who are hiring. We encourage virtual event organizers to continue to provide (or even expand) this aspect of online events.

Beyond the power of word-of-mouth, there are other online resources available to you in these unusual times. There are Drupal Camps that have year-round job boards posted on their websites. Drupal.org has a whole section of their website dedicated to those looking for work. The organizations that are posting here are invested in Drupal, just as you are. This common spark could start you on a new path. 

What You Can Do for Yourself

In spite of the global state, there are many things you can do - you are empowered! We suggest you start with the following:

  • Add your profile on Drupal.org
  • If you already have one, give your Drupal profile an overhaul and be sure it’s up to date. 
    • Update your bio: Ask yourself if that is really how you see yourself
    • Past companies: Don’t forget to show your growth
    • Bio Picture: Just make sure that if you look like it’s your prom picture, that you intended it that way.
    • Ask a fellow community member to review and provide suggestions for improving it. Many of us have difficulty in promoting ourselves, so ask for help to ensure that potential clients/employers see you for all that you are!
  • Update your resume
  • How to prepare for an interview
  • Don’t get shy. We repeat: Don’t Get Shy! Even when feeling the “aloneness” of it all, get out there virtually. Attend local meetups and camps to network and grow the community
  • Keep learning. In the face of everything, stay curious! It’s probably how you started down this road, to begin with

How Employers Can Help

Great leaders know that communication is the key to success. Now more than ever, your leadership skills and community contributions are needed to help pull us through this global crisis. Please, 

  • Be transparent with employees and contractors. We are all in this together.
  • Sponsor DrupalCamps at the job board level to get connected.
  • List any open positions on Drupal.org.
  • And remember the gift of presence; network at local and regional meetups and mentor those you can.

We Never Stop Growing

Even in challenging times, we as individuals and as groups cannot stop growing. Take time, get talking, and get excited. There are many more roads to be traveled, together.

Resources

We welcome additional resources in the comment section, thanks!

May 12 2020
May 12

As part of the Drupal Community Working Group's (CWG) continuing expansion of their Community Health Team, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Michelle Drapkin, a Behavior Scientist and Clinical Psychologist, as one of our two mental health subject matter experts. This team will focus on proactive programs to help promote the overall health of the Drupal community. With the COVID-19 pandemic causing various levels of anxiety for individuals around the world, we are working to provide resources to community members.

On May 22 we met with Dr. Drapkin for a Wellbeing Hour, where she walked us through some strategies to support our wellbeing during this challenging time. Dr. Drapkin is an expert in evidence-based approaches to managing stress and anxiety and gave us a tour down a buffet of options to support our health and wellbeing. We got a taste of using present-moment awareness to manage your stress and learned about leaning into your values, changing your relationship with your thoughts, and being more intentional with communication to support your relationships (at work and home!).

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About our speaker:
Dr. Michelle Drapkin is the Owner/Director of the CBT Center of Central NJ. She is one of the newest members of the CWG team helping as a mental health subject matter expert on the Community Health Team.

About the Drupal Community Working Group (CWG):
The CWG is a volunteer group whose mission is to foster a friendly and welcoming community for the Drupal open source project and to uphold the Drupal Community Code of Conduct.
 

May 08 2020
May 08

As many of us in the Drupal community are entering the second month of physical and social distancing, it is important to take a break from our - often repetitive - day-to-day activities to spend some time on self-care. This not only helps ourselves, but also those around us. With this in mind, the CWG’s Community Health Team has compiled a list of activities that can help all of us cope with everyday stresses a little better.

The team has prepared a presentation with some strategies to support our wellbeing during this challenging time.  Join us on May 22 for a Wellbeing Hour with Dr. Michelle Drapkin, the newest member of our Community Health Team.

Take a break from the digital world

Breathe. Go outside, sit at the window, stand on your balcony. Break up your day. Fresh air and sunshine can help you to recharge and be more focused when you return to the computer. Exercise can help reduce anxiety and tension, improve mental outlook, and create some mental peace. 

Keep Learning

Use this time to hone your skills. Take some classes, attend meetups, and other virtual events. Many companies and organizations have lowered the cost of their classes or established curriculums that can be accessed at a lowered cost or for free.

Exercise Caution Online

Equipping ourselves with accurate information can go a long way in keeping our anxiety levels low. Be sure to get information from trusted, reliable outlets that back up analysis with data that’s been vetted or verified by official sources. Social media can be a wealth of misinformation, and it’s important to validate what you see online before acting on it or sharing it with others.

Give Back

Giving back has many benefits, but first and foremost it feels good. Not only does giving back make an impact, but it also builds and makes our community stronger, and makes our projects better and more complete. When we mentor, share our expertise, we not only build other’s skills, but we also sharpen our own. By being leaders, we add to our street cred and contribute to our professional growth and development

Take it Easy On Yourself

It’s perfectly okay not to hold yourself to your usual standards of productivity right now. Balancing personal and professional life is harder than usual right now, and many of us are working in environments that are full of distractions. Communicate with your colleagues, let them know how you’re doing, and make arrangements to adjust your working hours and expectations as needed so that you can be your best self both personally and professionally.

Ask for help

You are not alone in needing some additional support, and there is never shame in asking for help. Stress is affecting our sleeping and eating patterns, our work habits, the ways we are interacting with those closest to us.

Call your local public health department or insurance company for resources. While going to an in-person appointment may not be possible, many therapists and counselors offer on-line or telehealth services.

Resources

News

Mental Health Call Centers

  • Disaster Distress Helpline, call 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline, call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224
  • We are looking for suggestions for non-US-based mental health resources to include here.

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Mar 06 2020
Mar 06

The mission of the Community Working Group (CWG) is to foster a friendly and welcoming community for the Drupal project and to uphold the Drupal Code of Conduct. 

- https://www.drupal.org/community/cwg 

As the Drupal Community Working Group (CWG) moves into its seventh year, we have been thinking a lot about how we can evolve it to better serve the changing needs of the Drupal Community. 

At the moment, the four members of the CWG split our time between reactive issues (conflict resolution and Code of Conduct enforcement) and proactive issues (community health resources, workshops). While the work is often emotionally taxing, it is also often extremely rewarding. We believe the proactive work has a large impact on the community, but our time is often filled with reacting to issues in the community. 

To this end, we have been working with Tara King (sparklingrobots) on identifying new CWG roles, mainly focused on proactive tasks. These new roles will not play a part in conflict resolution matters and will not receive access to any incident reports or other confidential information that has been shared with the group, with the exception of subject matter experts, who may see some limited information when brought in to consult on specific cases. These new roles are designed for individuals to help provide insight and expertise into how we can better support and grow our community.

It is important to note that all CWG members must abide by the CWG Code of Ethics, regardless of if they consult on conflict resolution or Code of Conduct enforcement cases or not.

The list of new CWG roles follows below. In some cases, we have already reached out to individuals to fill some of the roles. Full details about the roles can be found on the Community Working Group's Community Health Team page.

  • Community health - develops and produces community health initiatives like workshops and tweaks to drupal.org processes.
  • Community event support - assists Drupal community events with Code of Conduct template, playbooks, and other resources. It is our hope that this role be filled by members of the newly established Drupal Event Organizers Group. 
  • Subject matter experts - includes individuals with knowledge of specific geographic, industry, and mental health areas. In some cases, subject matters experts will be provided with limited information about specific conflict resolution issues they have been brought in to assist with.
  • Ambassadors - coordinators between the CWG and other groups, including the Drupal Association, other open source projects, Drupal.org maintainers, and Diversity and Inclusion.

We are strong believers that the more proactive work we do, the stronger and healthier our community will be and the less reactive work we will have. 

If you, or someone you know, are interested in any of the new roles, please drop us a line at drupal-cwg [at] drupal.org. Include your name, drupal.org username and which role (or roles) you are interested in. 
 

Feb 11 2020
Feb 11

The workshop is currently on hold until the status of DrupalCon Minneapolis is resolved.

The Drupal Community Working Group (CWG) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for a full-day Mental Health First Aid workshop on Sunday, May 17, 2020 (the day before DrupalCon Minneapolis begins) in Bloomington, Minnesota. 

The workshop will be held "field trip" style; it will be held off-site, at the Health Counseling Services facility in Bloomington, Minnesota, from 8:30am-5pm. Transportation will be provided to and from a location near the Minneapolis Convention Center (the site of DrupalCon) to the workshop. Following the workshop, attendees are invited to (optionally) attend a pay-on-your-own group dinner to decompress and discuss the day's workshop.

The CWG believes that these types of proactive workshops will help improve our community's mental health literacy and awareness, as well as making it easier for us to have open, honest, and respectful conversations and potentially spotting signs of when community members are in need of assistance.

The Drupal Association is generously sponsoring the workshop by providing funding to help defer the cost of the workshop as well as providing transportation. 

From the Mental Health First Aid website:

Mental Health First Aid is a course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.

Mental Health First Aiders learn a single 5-step action plan known as ALGEE, which includes assessing risk, respectfully listening to and supporting the individual in crisis, and identifying appropriate professional help and other support. Participants are also introduced to risk factors and warning signs for mental health or substance use problems, engage in experiential activities that build understanding of the impact of illness on individuals and families, and learn about evidence-supported treatment and self-help strategies.

Over the past few years, the CWG has organized proactive community health events, including on-going Code of Conduct contact training, as well as previous DrupalCon North America trainings on leadership, teamwork, and communications. 

In order for the workshop to proceed, we need at least ten community members to register by April 1, 2020 at https://healthcounselingservices.com/events/adult-mental-health-first-aid-11/

When registering:

  • Choose the "Pay now" option (do not select the "Bill my organization" option.
  • Use the coupon code: MHFA30 to receive $30 off the regular price.
  • For the "Name of organization", "Name of site", "Supervisor's name", and "Supervisor's phone" fields, feel free to use "not applicable".
     
Jan 23 2020
Jan 23

Due to the cancellation of DrupalCon Minneapolis and the announcement of DrupalCon Global, nominations for the 2020 Aaron Winborn Award will remain open until June 1, 2020. The winner will be announced during DrupalCon Global.

The Drupal Community Working Group is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2020 Aaron Winborn Award are now open. 

This annual award recognizes an individual who demonstrates personal integrity, kindness, and above-and-beyond commitment to the Drupal community. It includes a scholarship and stipend for the winner to attend DrupalCon and recognition in a plenary session at the event.

Nominations are open to not only well-known Drupal contributors, but also people who have made a big impact in their local or regional community. If you know of someone who has made a big difference to any number of people in our community, we want to hear about it. 

This award was created in honor of long-time Drupal contributor Aaron Winborn, whose battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or  ALS (also referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease)  came to an end on March 24, 2015. Based on a suggestion by Hans Riemenschneider, the Community Working Group, with the support of the Drupal Association, launched the Aaron Winborn Award.

Nominations are open until Monday, June 1, 2020. A committee consisting of the Community Working Group core team as well as past award winners will select a winner from the nominations. Current members of the CWG's core team and previous winners are exempt from winning the award.

Previous winners of the award are:

  • 2015: Cathy Theys
  • 2016: Gábor Hojtsy
  • 2017: Nikki Stevens
  • 2018: Kevin Thull
  • 2019: Leslie Glynn

Nominations for the 2020 award are now closed.

Jan 19 2020
Jan 19

The Drupal Community Working Group is happy to announce that we are once again teaming up with Otter Tech to offer live, monthly, online Code of Conduct enforcement training for Drupal Event organizers and volunteers in 2020.

During the second half of 2019, 17 Drupal community members completed the training (see full list), helping to ensure Drupal events world-wide have qualified Code of Conduct contacts. We are excited to be able to provide support for the training in 2020.

The training is designed to provide "first responder" skills to Drupal community members who take reports of potential Code of Conduct issues at Drupal events, including meetups, camps, conventions, and other gatherings. The workshops will be attended by Code of Conduct enforcement teams from other open source events, which will allow cross-pollination of knowledge with the Drupal community.

Each monthly online workshop is the same; community members only have to attend one monthly workshop of their choice to complete the training.  We strongly encourage all Drupal event organizers to consider sponsoring one or two persons' attendance at this workshop.

The monthly online workshops will be presented by Sage Sharp, Otter Tech's CEO and a diversity and inclusion leader in the open source community. From the official description of the workshop, it will include:

  • Practice taking a report of a potential Code of Conduct violation (an incident report)

  • Practice following up with the reported person

  • Instructor modeling on how to take a report and follow up on a report

  • One practice scenario for a report given at an event

  • One practice scenario for a report given in an online community

  • Discussion on bias, microaggressions, personal conflicts, and false reporting

  • Frameworks for evaluating a response to a report

  • 40 minutes total of Q&A time

In addition, we have received a Drupal Community Cultivation Grant to help defray the cost of the workshop for those that need assistance. The standard cost of the workshop is $350, Otter Tech has worked with us to allow us to provide the workshop for $300. To register for the workshop, first let us know that you're interested by completing this sign-up form - everyone who completes the form will receive a coupon code for $50 off the regular price of the workshop.

For those that require additional assistance, we have a limited number of $100 subsidies available, bringing the workshop price down to $200. Subsidies will be provided based on reported need as well as our goal to make this training opportunity available to all corners of our community. To apply for the subsidy, complete the relevant section on the sign-up form. The deadline for applying for the subsidy is end-of-business on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - those selected for the subsidy will be notified after this date (in time for the July 8, 2020 workshop).

The workshops will be held on:

Those that successfully complete the training will be (at their discretion) listed on Drupal.org (in the Drupal Community Workgroup section) as a means to prove that they have completed the training. We feel that moving forward, the Drupal community now has the opportunity to have professionally trained Code of Conduct contacts at the vast majority of our events, once again, leading the way in the open source community.

We are fully aware that the fact that the workshops will be presented in English limit who will be able to attend. We are more than interested in finding additional professional Code of Conduct workshops in other languages. Please contact us if you can assist.

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