At DFRWS, a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment is one where all community members and event attendees, whatever their age, education, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, neurotype, race, ethnicity, religion, belief system, spiritual practice, sexual orientation, physical ability, physical appearance, body size, or other distinguishing characteristics—whether or not protected by law—feel valued and respected. Intentionally promoting an environment where members of all historically marginalized groups feel safe benefits us all.

As such, DFRWS ardently condemns the continued systemic racism and ever-increasing rise in hate-driven rhetoric and crime around the world. This violence and suppression of rights not only disenfranchises people, but endangers their very lives. As an organization primarily based out of the United States, we would like to specifically call out the rise of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexuality-based hate crime in this country. Even the alarming statistics collected by the United States Government drastically underrepresent the true scope of the problem, since most hate crimes go unreported.

DFRWS entreats all community members to stand with us against all forms of hate and discrimination, strengthening the bonds of community and fellowship with those unlike ourselves. As an organization, we are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach in all of the work we do, with equitable opportunity for all. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages, and strive to ensure that all voices are heard and appreciated.

To that end:

  • We require that all event attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, staff, volunteers, and community participants adhere to our Code of Conduct. DFRWS staff are trained to address any incidents that may occur.
  • We provide guidance to authors and presenters regarding alternatives to discriminatory terminology and ask them to avoid language that could be perceived as offensive to others, e.g., adhering to the Knodel Terminology.
  • We offer conference grants for students.
  • When selecting conference venues, we thoughtfully consider the needs of our attendees, and strive to provide reasonable accommodations for those in need of them.

This statement is intended to be a dynamic and evolving perspective on diversity, equity, and inclusion as it relates to DFRWS activities.

Note: This policy has been adapted for DFRWS based on USENIX’s policy.