[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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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: 

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 

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