Addressing Diversity and Inclusivity
A diversity of ideas and contributions, one that originates from a diverse community, from all walks of life, cultures, countries, and skin colors—is vital for building sustainable and healthy open source communities. Individuals from diverse backgrounds inject new and innovative ideas to advance an inclusive and welcoming ecosystem for all. Linux Foundation is committed to building diverse and inclusive communities. Creating those diverse communities requires effort and commitment to creating inclusive and welcoming spaces. We continue to work to address this problem through various initiatives, including:
Inclusive Language Efforts
Communities that adopt inclusive language and actions will be able to attract and retain individuals from diverse backgrounds. The Linux kernel community adapted inclusive language in Linux 5.8 release showing its commitment to Diversity and Inclusion. For other projects, the launched at KubeCon North America to standardize inclusive language across the industry.
Software Developer Diversity and Inclusion
We are also focusing on Science and Research to Advance Diversity and Inclusion in Software Engineering. Our new Software Developer Diversity and Inclusion (SDDI) project will draw on science and research to deliver resources and best practices that increase D&I in software engineering.
Training and Certification
The Linux Foundation provides free training to women and underrepresented communities to support career development. More than 100,000 women have taken our free, Massive Online Open Courses (MooCs) in partnership with edX.
Diversity and Inclusion at Events
The Linux Foundation and its project communities are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for participants at all of our events, whether they are held in person or virtually. Linux Foundation events are working conferences intended for professional networking and collaboration within the open source community.
LF Live Mentorship Series
We also launched the LF Live Mentorship Series in October 2020 to complement our structured mentorship program. In this series, maintainers from the Linux Kernel and other projects serve as mentors for discussions around specific technology and topic areas that will help provide guidance and answer questions to help folks fast forward their learning and career opportunities.
This mentorship series is part of a three-pronged approach for mentorship opportunities – LF Live mentorship series unstructured webinars, training and our Mentorship Program – which all combine to help advance a diverse, healthy and vibrant open source community.
Since 2011, the Linux Foundation has awarded over 600 training scholarships worth millions of dollars. In 2020, we awarded 500 scholarships, our most ever by far. Scholarship recipients receive a Linux Foundation training course and certification exam at no cost. 2020 saw 1,155 applications across ten categories.
Unsurprisingly due to the popularity of the free Intro to Linux course, the most popular scholarship category continues to be Open Source Newbies, followed by SysAdmin SuperStars and Women in Open Source.
Linux Foundation Mentorship Programs and Expanded Mentorship Program in Response to COVID-19
The Linux Foundation’s Mentorship Programs are designed to help developers with the necessary skills–many of whom are first-time open source contributors–experiment, learn, and contribute effectively to open source communities. More than 190 mentees have been accepted since the programs started in 2019, participating in 96 mentorship programs.
In addition to these programs, the Linux Foundation continues support for diversity and inclusion with expanded mentorship program co-sponsored by Intel in response to COVID-19.