[Diversity] Participation in active IETF work (was: Interim step on meetings site feedback for sites currently under active consideration)

SM <sm@resistor.net> Tue, 19 April 2016 10:12 UTC

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Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 01:58:54 -0700
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Subject: [Diversity] Participation in active IETF work (was: Interim step on meetings site feedback for sites currently under active consideration)
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Hi Nalini,
At 12:50 18-04-2016, nalini.elkins@insidethestack.com wrote:
>I wonder if there has not been more participation in active IETF 
>work before from other regions because there was no structured way 
>to start participating and language insensitivity.  (BTW, there is a 
>new member of the Mentoring Team from Latin America, that I met in 
>Buenos Aires who will translate the Mentoring emails into Spanish.)

Attendance figures were used as a substitute for Participation 
figures. The IETF Community did not show much interest in doing 
anything about that.  A few years ago, an IAOC Chair posted the 
following to justify the meeting policy: 
https://www.ietf.org/mail-archive/web/ietf/current/pdfgakgOuij_5.pdf

There wasn't any formal effort (as the one you are doing) to train 
people from other regions to start participating except for the 
meeting training sessions.  A person who is not used to discussing in 
English faces a higher learning curve in comparison with someone from 
Australia.

The regional mentors (in the Cc) might be able to comment about why 
there has not been more active participation before.

Regards,
-sm