WCEU 2023 Publishes Schedule, Reaffirms Commitment to Diversity – WP Tavern

WordCamp Europe 2023 is just below three weeks away from occurring in Athens on June 8-10. Greater than 2,700 tickets have been bought and 527 stay, together with 49 micro-sponsor tickets.

Speaker bulletins have concluded and the official schedule was revealed in the present day. WCEU will likely be working three tracks of displays and two tracks for workshops. Organizers have additionally introduced a Wellness Track that may function completely different actions all through the day, together with a Yoga class, a Tai Chi class, and a gaggle hike.

“The Wellness Monitor is a vital addition to WordCamp Europe as a result of we have to discover a steadiness and be extra targeted on taking good care of our minds and our bodies, taking good care of the entire neighborhood and in flip the one world we’ve to dwell in,” organizer Ohia Thompson mentioned.

“This implies seeing our interconnectedness and shifting ahead with a concentrate on wellbeing, variety, and sustainability. The Wellness Monitor this 12 months is only the start of a extra intentional future for everybody related to WordPress.”

Final 12 months the workforce internet hosting the occasion in Porto was called out for a lack of diversity on the organizing team, which performs crucial duties like deciding on audio system and managing a speaker help program. In what seems to be an echo again to that controversy, a public interplay on Twitter earlier this month prompted neighborhood members to query the organizing workforce.

WCEU was as soon as once more compelled to reaffirm its dedication to variety after Sjoerd Blom, one of many International organizers, accused StellarWP’s Director of Group Engagement, Michelle Frechette, of “being prejudiced” when she questioned the dearth of variety within the first few rounds of speaker bulletins.

Blom has since publicly apologized for his response to the criticism this week, reiterating that variety issues to the workforce, however solely after WCEU obtained overwhelmingly damaging suggestions concerning the incident.

WordCamp Europe has not but revealed something to mitigate the consequences of this public altercation however injury management measures are seemingly within the works, as Blom indicated a extra official response will likely be coming from the workforce.

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