Outreachy Diary Update #4

I must say that the start of February was quite intense. After finishing some tasks in outreachy, FOSDEM was waiting for a full weekend. This year I was lucky enough to be a speaker at Mozilla Dev Room, talking about Women in Open Source and Outreachy, together with Gloria Dwomoh who presented “Diversity user research, how to become a better listener”. FOSDEM is a also a great place to gather and meet with mozillians from all over Europe. I got a really positive feedback and also gained some valuable contacts from people with whom I met after the talk. I also helped at the Mozilla booth which is a fun experience since you talk, share and educate people about mozilla’s mission on a large scale.

AS FOSDEM was coming to an end, I also prepared myself for a very busy week that would be waiting for me. I had a great focus group with women who are also part of the local community. I gained some interesting insights and experiences from them and also three other 1:1 interviews from women who are part of other FLOSS communities like Wikipedia and Fedora. Other interviews and focus groups will also be conducted within a couple of weeks.

Soon we will have also the FAQ on First Language Interviews and how to make them successful.

Stay tuned!

Outreachy Diary Update #3

I must say that this week has been quite intensive, productive and rewarding, especially when you see that things are starting to take shape and you start getting into the flow of things.

You can see this quote unfolding its truth especially during focus groups, which we had a couple of during the last week. Being faced with different prespectives and views is a pleasant process since its a big contribution for our research but also us in terms of increased empathy towards others.

After reviewing the materials on “How to conduct a focus group” I am starting to shape the idea on holding some of them in our local hackerspace with fellow local Mozillians. That is something quite special in my daily work, as it will be held in our native language. This might require a different approach for obvious reasons.

I also got the chance to read some helpful material related to our case study work lately. ”Interviewing for Mozilla”made a huge difference in how we perceive the interview, the interviewer and the interviewee. It proved to be an outstanding guideline on how to build a successful framework for interviewing, conducting the interviews and establishing them.

During the call we also discussed the main points of it and exchanged our thoughts on how to make the implementation in different Mozilla communities successful.
Last but not least, if you are reading this blogpost and think that you or someone you know has interesting perspectiv to share about diversity and inclusion, please do not hesitate to nominate them (or yourself). Every opinion counts, yours too! Help us make Mozilla a champion of Diversity & Inclusion in the digital era!


Having said that, our team is currently working on “Building the library of case studies“. Stayed tuned if you want to be updated in the upcoming weeks!

Outreachy Diary Update #2

“If you work for something you love, you won’t need to work a day.”

This is one of my favorite quotes that also expresses my positive feedbacks and happiness of being able to get more in touch with topics about Diversity and Inclusion and to have a broader understanding of its meaning. The last two weeks have been crucial for me to understand the situation and while it also helps recognize the great range of problems we need to face nowadays, it’s motivating to have been equipped with the right tools to have an impact in this field.

My first week was spent reading and researching new strategies on how to help grow the diversity within Mozilla. Also I had the chance to read a lot of valuable articles and blogposts which gave me the needed background to understand the process to of developing a program in the long term.

Mozilla offers a quite diverse environment with people joining from various ways of life. It’s not even a “politically correct” thing to do, as it has been scientifically proven that greater diversity increases empathy in a work environment, and therefore also productivity.

I had the chance to have a call with my mentors and other Outreachy interns from Mozilla working with the same project as I do. Furthermore I learned that Interviews and focus groups are two of the most succesful forms of qualitative research. People are asked about their perceptions, opinions, beliefs, and attitudes towards different concepts and strategies.

I am really so excited to the upcoming work, doing the interviews and the focus groups. More to this soon!

Outreachy Diary Update #1

Update from my first week at Outreachy

I am extremely happy and excited about being accepted to the Outreachy Program organized by GNOME (formerly known as Outreachy Program for Women), where I will be working closer with Mozilla projects in the next 3 months (aside from my usual Mozilla activities). In the following are some quick thoughts and updates from me about the program and my upcoming involvement.

Outreachy connects and helps people from underrepresented groups with equal opportunities to participate and get involved in various free and open source software projects.It’s organized by GNOME and many Open Source Projects take part to mentor interns as part of their organization in these 3 months, twice a year.

I was hooked to find out I was accepted to the program from December 6, 2016 to March 6, 2017. With so many applicants I’m humbled to have the privilege to work on”Build a Library of Inclusion Best Practices and Case Studies” throughout my internship at Mozilla.

The project consists of identifying and documenting examples of successful inclusive teams and communities within Mozilla. In this endeavour, we highlight our strongest points regarding Diversity & Inclusion at Mozilla and point out where we can improve.

As a Rep and Tech Speaker I have been involved at Mozilla for several years. However, it was good to refresh my knowledge by rereading the manifesto and Mozilla mission in a different light, now as an existing contributor. The best part is that besides being able to participate in the internship, I am also volunteering with Mozilla on different tracks and I consider myself lucky to get the best of both the worlds.

I had the chance to watch a couple of townhall meetings related to some of the major initiatives at Mozilla, which was refreshing and helfpul to understand multiple perspectives of fellow Mozillians. During times of confusion on how and where one should get involved with, it brings quite some clarity.

I am waiting impatiently for the upcoming weeks (apart 2016 being finally over).

Stay tuned!