Editor's Pick | Vol. 2 | Issue. 11

Fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Drupal Community

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As we weave through the ups and downs of the evolutionary tides of technology, it's imperative to anchor ourselves in the values that foster an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment. The essence of the Drupal community lies not just in our exceptional technical prowess but in the collective spirit that champions Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). This isn't merely a buzzword; it's the bedrock of innovation, creativity, and growth. 

As Mahatma Gandhi once said,

"Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization." 

Let us embrace this wisdom as we continue to build not just extraordinary products but also a community that reflects the world's vast and vibrant tapestry.

In this journey towards a more inclusive community, we must recognize that DEI is not the responsibility of a select few but a commitment from all of us. Whether you are a developer, stakeholder, or a member of the wider public, your voice matters. Your experiences, perspectives, and contributions shape our community's very fabric. Let's pledge to listen, learn, and act with empathy and understanding. Together, we can create a space that not only drives technological advancement but also mirrors the diverse world we live in.

Last week, celebrating Women's Day, TDT spotlighted notable quotes from women in the Drupal community, sharing their valuable insights and messages with fellow Drupalers. Additionally, the TDT released a special feature authored by Alka Elizabeth titled "Inspiring Inclusion: Celebrating the Women in Drupal | #1", emphasizing the importance of fostering inclusivity. In the article, Fei Lauren notes that,

One major problem is that we talk about DEI too abstractly instead of looking at data to identify problems – often, the data isn't even there. And when data is available, too often we talk about solutions without asking the individuals themselves what they need. We should learn to think about everything we do through the lens of DEI, but if we really want to drive change, we need to learn how to ask the right questions.

Please let us know if any women in the Drupal Community have inspired you and would like us to know and help us spread the word about them. Please share your insights with us at [email protected]. Also, part two will be out soon, so stay tuned.

Now, let's shift the focus and explore some of the latest news stories and articles we covered last week.

I had the opportunity to interact with James Shield and delve into his extensive 15-year journey within the Drupal community through a unique blend of personal interests and professional advancements. Read the full interview here.

Before the commencement of NERD Summit 2024 on March 8th and 9th, I also had the opportunity to discuss the event with its organizer, Rick Hood, and the keynote speaker, Jessica Cobb. Drawing from their valuable insights, I crafted a featured article highlighting NERD Summit 2024  titled "Exploring the Dynamic Landscape of NERD Summit 2024."

Alka Elizabeth penned a feature on  Alex Moreno's initiative to transform Drupal.org by integrating user roles for personalized onboarding, fostering community collaboration, sustainability, and innovation to boost contributions and engagement while also exploring future strategies for a sustainable Drupal and the community's pivotal role in effecting change. Learn more here.

In an exciting collaboration announcement, The Drop Times has partnered with DrupalCamp Ghent 2024, marking their return to Ghent on May 10-11, 2024, as the event's official media partner. We are also the official Media Partner for DrupalCamp Asheville 2024, an important fixture in the Drupal community calendar scheduled from July 12-14.

Developers are invited to submit their Drupal-based projects for consideration in the 2024 Splash Award Germany & Austria, with submissions open until July 31. The awards ceremony, scheduled for November 7 in Berlin, will see experts selecting the winners from the pool of digital projects. For more information, visit this link.

Registration is now available for Drupal Developer Days 2024 in Burgas. Speakers must register on the event's website to submit session proposals, but attendance is open to all without registration.

DrupalCon Portland introduces an exclusive $50 rate for students and recent alumni (from 2022 onwards), extending this discounted offer to individuals from colleges, universities, trade schools, and Drupal training programs. Learn more here.

Drupaljam 2024 announces an early-bird ticket promotion, allowing attendees to secure their spots at the event and save on registration fees until March 31st. More details are available for interested participants here.

Time is running out to submit session proposals for DrupalCon Barcelona 2024, with less than a month left for interested participants to seize the opportunity and share their ideas. Learn more about this here.

Get ready to celebrate coffee and community as the Drupal Coffee Exchange occurs during MidCamp 2024 on Thursday, March 21st, from 2:00 pm to 2:15 pm CDT. Events for the week are here.

Gábor Hojtsy reveals the latest updates on the Drupal 11 release, announcing potential release dates for either the week of July 29 or the week of December 9, 2024, pending completion of beta requirements. To learn more about the release, visit this link.

A critical security update for the Registration Role Module in Drupal has been issued, addressing an access bypass vulnerability affecting versions before 2.0.1. Discovered by Pamela Barone and Renaud Joubert, the flaw stems from a logic error during module upgrades, potentially allowing unauthorized role assignments to new users. Know more about this security update here.

The formation of the Advisory Committee for DrupalCon Barcelona 2024 has been announced, showcasing the combined efforts of diverse volunteers dedicated to ensuring the success of this European Drupal event. For further details about the committee members, visit the provided link.

Alex Moreno unveils a transformative approach to user onboarding, emphasizing enhanced engagement through simplified communication and community contribution incentives. Learn more here.

We acknowledge that there are more stories to share. However, due to selection constraints, we must pause further exploration for now.

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Thank you,
Elma John
Sub-editor, TheDropTimes.