HacDC’s commitment to diversity and a harassment-free environment

The HacDC membership is proud to announce our adoption of two new policies reinforcing our commitment to providing a welcoming, safe environment. In drafting these policies we drew heavily from Dreamwidth StudiosDiversity Statement and the example conference anti-harassment policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers.

Diversity Statement

We welcome you.

We welcome people of any gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, size, nationality, sexual orientation, ability level, neurotype, religion, elder status, family structure, culture, subculture, political opinion, identity, and self-identification.

As a U.S.- and District of Columbia-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization we’re obliged to follow applicable laws, but we’re serious about knowing and protecting your rights when it comes to free expression and privacy.

We support maximum freedom of creative expression, and only restrict that when we must for the safety and sanity of other folks. We think creativity is one of the greatest accomplishments of the human mind, and we want to enable that creativity in everyone from pro to amateur. We think neurodiversity is a feature, not a bug. We believe in being inclusive, welcoming, and supportive of anyone who comes to us with good faith and the desire to build a community.

Anti-Harassment Policy

HacDC is dedicated to being a harassment-free hackerspace for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of members or visitors in any form.

Harassment includes but is not limited to offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, 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; unwelcome sexual attention; or violation of any applicable laws. Members and visitors asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a member or visitor engages in harassing behavior, the board of directors or event organizer may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the space or event with no refund. Members violating these rules may be subject to termination of their HacDC membership. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the board of directors or the event organizer immediately.

Members of the board of directors and event organizers will happily help members and visitors contact building security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe and prevent harassment for the duration of their visit at HacDC. We value your attendance.

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Building security guard hours: Monday – Thursday 6pm – 10pm; Saturday 9am – 2pm
DC emergency services: 911
National sexual assault hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673)
DC Rape Crisis Center: 202-333-RAPE (202-333-7273)
DC Yellow Cab: 202-TAXICAB (202-829-4222)
Howard University Hospital: 202-865-6100 / 2041 Georgia Avenue NW
GWU Hospital: 202-715-4000 / 900 23rd Street NW

We expect members and visitors to follow these rules at all HacDC-organized events, in the space itself, and in our online spaces including mailing lists and the official IRC channel.

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Tea Night on Tuesday, March 5

matcha whisked with hot water - yum!Starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, join us at HacDC for an evening of tea – we’ll have a demonstration of traditional Japanese tea (chanoyu), and we’ll have equipment for brewing other teas. You’re welcome to bring an interesting or favorite tea of your own to share. No coffee allowed. :) This event is free and open to the public.

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Video from Lightning Talks VI

HacDC held a sixth round of lightning talks back in November, and this time we allowed a few minutes after each talk for Q&A. If you missed these talks or you’d like to relive the experience, please enjoy this video footage of the event:

These links will take you directly to the indicated lightning talk:

Hacking the Gender Gap

What: a workshop exploring the gender gap in tech, science and math
When: 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2012
Where: HacDC (location info)

UntitledIn 2005, 22% of computer science graduates were women. This is down from 37% in 1985. Have you ever wondered why more women aren’t working in fields of math, science and technology (or going to hackerspaces?) Join The Hacktory to learn more about the research on this problem and hear from others about personal experiences. We have a hands-on activity that will show how this problem persists, and identifies practical solutions each of us can use to combat it.

This event is free and open to participants of all identities, gender- and otherwise. To help us know how many participants to expect, we ask you to RSVP at the meetup event page.