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Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion

Education and collaboration are vital to the future of the Linux ecosystem, and it is imperative to us that everyone in the community that wants to participate feels welcome to do so regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, age, religion or economic status.  Our code of conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our community, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

 

Onsite Resources

Venue Accessibility

The Westin Harbour Castle, and offsite evening event venues, are wheelchair accessible. If you need any assistance locating an elevator, or have other questions about accessibility onsite, please speak to a member of the Linux Foundation event staff, recognizable by their Event Staff shirts, or visit the Registration Desk located in the Frontenac Foyer, or the Information Desk located in the Metropolitan Ballroom.

Wheelchair & Medical Equipment Rental

If you need a wheelchair or scooter, you can rent and pre-order them from the providers below:
Vital Mobility Home Health Care - 416-901-3509
Motion Specialties - 888.222.2172

Communication Stickers

At Registration, attendees can pick up communication stickers to add to their badges. Communication stickers indicate an attendee’s requested level of interaction for both other attendees and press (including photographers and videographers). Green = open to communicate; Yellow = only if you know me please; and Red = I’m not interested in communicating (or being videotaped or photographed) at this time.

Please be respectful of attendee communication preferences.

Non-Binary Restrooms

We will designate specific restrooms on each level of the hotel as non-binary Restrooms for attendees who feel more comfortable using those facilities. Non-Binary Restrooms locations will be listed in the Mobile App.

First Aid/Medical Assistance

If you require first aid or medical assistance, please visit our Registration Desk in the Frontenac Foyer (Lower Level of Hotel, Convention Centre Side) or the Hotel Front Desk in the Lobby. You may also contact the Toronto Police Department at 1-416-808-5100 or go directly to Toronto General Hospital located at 200 Elizabeth Street (2.4km from the Westin).

 

Contact Information/Harassment Reports

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of event staff immediately. Event staff can be identified by staff badges onsite, and can be found at the event registration counter at any time. Our staff has had incident response training and responds to harassment reports and does so in accordance with the process recommended by the Ada Initiative, which can be found here on the Geek Feminism Wiki.

You may also reach out to one of the following individuals:

Angela Brown VP of Events, The Linux Foundation

angela@linuxfoundation.org

Katie Stern Director of Events, The Linux Foundation

kstern@linuxfoundation.org

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/​venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference.

If you are planning to attend an upcoming event, and have concerns regarding another individual who may be present, please contact Angela Brown at angela@linuxfoundation.org. Precautions will be taken to ensure a victim’s comfort and safety, including, but not limited to: providing an escort, prepping onsite event staff, keeping victim and harasser from attending the same talks/social events and providing onsite contact cell phone numbers for immediate contact.

 

Emergency Resources

Toronto Police Service - 51 Division +1-416-808-5100

51 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A 2Y5, Canada

Toronto General Hospital +1 416-340-4800

200 Elizabeth Street, Toronto, ON M5G 2C4, Canada

Taxi Services +1-416-740-2222

http://www.citytaxitoronto.com/

Toronto Rape Crisis Centre +1-416-597-1171

https://www.trccmwar.ca/

 

Contact Us With Ideas

If you have ideas on how we can create a more inclusive event, please do not hesitate to let us know. Contact Angela Brown, Vice President of Events, at angela@linuxfoundation.org.

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