Code of Conduct


All members of Techqueria are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct. 🌻

Effective November 10, 2020

All participants and members of Techqueria are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct, both online and during in-person events that are hosted and/or associated with Techqueria.

We believe in respect, compassion, understanding, and inclusion and expect all community members to act on these values.

We have no tolerance for any form of harassment; we expect everyone to act professionally and to follow the social norms of the community.

The Pledge 🔗︎

In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we pledge to make participation in our project and our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, level of experience, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.

Acceptable Behavior 🔗︎

  • Using welcoming and inclusive language
  • Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
  • Gracefully accepting constructive criticism
  • Referring to people by their gender pronouns and using gender-neutral pronouns when uncertain

Unacceptable Behavior 🔗︎

Techqueria is a professional organization so the best reference for how to behave is how you would with co-workers.

If your behavior is not appropriate for the workplace, it’s not appropriate for Techqueria.

It is important to note that the US Constitution protects the right to free speech, but only from infringement by the government itself. It does not protect free speech in a private setting, such as the Techqueria community. Additionally, any speech that is harassing and designed to trigger is unacceptable here.

Techqueria holds the right and responsibility to remove comments or other contributions that are not aligned to this Code of Conduct or to temporarily or permanently ban any members for other behaviors that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.

Depending on the severity of the violation, the person will either be given a warning or banned immediately.

Severity Level 1 🔗︎

For the following behavior, we will issue up to 2 warnings before moving forward with a ban.

  • Assuming or promoting any kind of inequality including but not limited to: age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, nationality and race, personal appearance, religion, or sexual identity and orientation
    • e.g. “Trans people don’t deserve that”
  • Personal attacks
    • e.g. “You look funny”
    • e.g. “You’re not that intelligent”
  • Attacking personal tastes and/or views
    • e.g. “Your views on abortions are extremely antiquated”
  • Spamming the group (more than 3 times in 1 day) with excessive self-promotion or un-relevant content
    • e.g. “Buy this product” (that has nothing to do with Techqueria)
    • e.g. “Sign up for this program that I charge for”
    • e.g. “Join this event that celebrates me” (and has nothing to do with Techqueria)
  • Using pseudonyms to hide your identity
    • e.g. profile name is listed as “GreenBear99” instead of their actual name
  • Using images of someone else to represent yourself
    • it is okay to be private about your face but you cannot misrepresent yourself
    • e.g. using image of a model to represent yourself

Severity Level 2 🔗︎

For the following behavior, we will issue 1 warning before moving forward with a ban.

  • Exclusionary jokes or comments
    • e.g. “Sorry, only a man would get it”
  • Deliberate intimidation
    • e.g. “If I ever see you in person…”
    • e.g. “You better not post in this channel again…”
  • Not being respectful to reasonable communication boundaries and/or continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease
    • e.g. someone keeps bothering someone after any statements such as “leave me alone”, “go away” or “I’m not discussing this with you” are said
  • Harassment
    • e.g. unwelcome and persistent behavior
  • Sharing graphics or any other content you know may be considered disturbing
    • e.g. sharing NSFW images in any channels
  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity
    • e.g. “You’ve only ever lived in the city. The issues that matter to America’s heartland are clearly beyond your comprehension.”
  • Constant need for oversight from the Trust & Safety committee
    • e.g. if an individual is engaging in 31 or more days of continuous back and forth with any committee member for a Code of Conduct related issue in a public forum owned by Techqueria
  • Offensive comments related to a person’s identity
    • e.g. “People like you don’t understand what it’s like to grow up in America. You have no right to argue about our country’s politics.”
  • Unwelcome remarks regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices
    • e.g. “How can you still practice that?”
  • Cursing directly at another member
    • e.g. “F*** you”

Severity Level 3 🔗︎

For the following behavior, we will ban immediately.

  • 3 or more reports made against you within the last 12 months where you were found to have violated the Code of Conduct (regardless of severity)
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm
    • e.g. “Why don’t you go and kill yourself then?”
  • Publishing and monetizing off of others’ private information, such as a physical or electronic address, or messages on public/private channels without explicit permission
    • e.g. “This is her home address: XYZ”
    • e.g. “This is his cell - contact him directly: XYZ”
  • The usage of sexualized language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or advances
    • e.g. messaging someone flirtatious messages
  • Sustained disruption of event programming
    • e.g. someone showing up drunk at an event
    • e.g. someone interrupting event hosts repeatedly
  • Threats of violence
    • e.g. “When I see you next time, I’m going to punch you in the face.”
  • Trolling
    • e.g. starts flame wars or intentionally upsets other members by posting inflammatory and digressive, extraneous, or off-topic messages in Slack with the intent of provoking readers into displaying emotional responses and normalizing tangential discussion, either for the troll’s amusement or a specific gain.
    • e.g. quickly posting or replying to messages, indicating large amounts of free time with nothing better to do than start fights
  • Unwelcome physical contact
    • e.g. touching someone even if they’re not interested
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
    • e.g. whistling at a woman at a Techqueria event

Alcohol 🔗︎

For all official Techqueria events, in instances where alcohol is present, the following is required:

  • All attendees must have IDs checked to confirm they are 21+
  • Alcohol consumption must be limited. Local chapters maintain autonomy for how to implement alcohol control measures (drink tickets, wristbands, etc)
  • Additionally, it is at the local chapter’s discretion on how to handle alcohol at casual events

Techqueria Leads 🔗︎

All Techqueria leads are expected to follow both the Code of Conduct and the Leaders Code of Conduct.

If you feel a Techqueria lead (director, chapter lead, volunteer lead, board member, etc) has violated the Code of Conduct, please report that violation.

Reporting Violations 🔗︎

Members must submit a report to start an investigation.

Directly messaging an admin or member of the Techqueria team does not start an investigation.

If you have any screenshots, please note that in the report, and we can reach out to get those from you during the investigation.

You can report a Code of Conduct violation by filling out a form on our website.

Enforcement 🔗︎

Techqueria’s Trust & Safety Committee is responsible for overseeing Code of Conduct violations.

The process is as follows:

  1. Member reports violation
  2. Report is piped to a private Slack channel and email that Trust & Safety Committee members can access
  3. Investigation starts and the Trust & Safety Committee members review the report
  4. Trust & Safety Committee members vote to move forward with a deemed necessary response that is appropriate to the circumstances
    • e.g. message to both reporter and those accused that it’s not a Code of Conduct violation
    • e.g. warning to violator and message to reporter notifying of warning
    • e.g. banning violator and message to reporter notifying of ban
  5. Investigation has been concluded

Any emails must be sent using the safety@techqueria.org email which committee members have access to and any messages in Slack must come from a member of the Trust & Safety Committee or it is not valid.

If the committee cannot come to a decision on a violation, it must be escalated in accordance with committee guidelines.

When In Doubt 🔗︎

Techqueria’s mission is to provide Latinx professionals with the resources and support they need to thrive and become leaders in the tech industry.

When in doubt, the mission of Techqueria should guide decisions of whether or not to ban a member.

Is this member helping to contribute to Techqueria’s mission through their actions?

Timeline 🔗︎

Investigations should be reviewed and enforced by the Trust & Safety Committee within 30 days or less.

If an investigation takes 31 days or more, they must be escalated in accordance with Committee guidelines.

Cool Down Period 🔗︎

  • After someone is banned, their cool-down period is 1 year starting from when they were banned.
  • Members who have been banned can ask to rejoin again after their cool-down period ends.
  • Techqueria is not responsible for reaching out when cool-down periods end. Members must ask themselves.

Slack Guidelines 🔗︎

  • You cannot ban a member from a single channel, only the entire Workspace.
  • Members who have been banned from the Slack community are also not allowed to attend events and will be asked to leave if they are present.
  • If a banned member attempts to re-join the Slack community using a different alias, email, etc, and is discovered, their cool-down period is extended by one year.

Templates 🔗︎

Follow up with reporter - need more info 🔗︎

[NAME], you recently submitted of a Code of Conduct violation report.

You mention you had more info or screenshots in your report.

Please send this over so the Trust & Safety Committee can continue with our investigation.

If you do not provide any additional info, we will only use the info that was provided in the report.

No warning or ban 🔗︎

[NAME], you were reported as violating Techqueria's Code of Conduct but after conducting an investigation, the Trust & Safety Committee has decided you did not violate the Code of Conduct and will not be issuing you any warning or ban.

[EXPLAIN WHY NO WARNING OR BAN]

Specifically, you were accused of violating:

[EXPLAIN VIOLATION]

We cannot share the name of the reporter but if you have any further questions or concerns, you are welcome to let us know.

Follow up with reporter - no warning or ban 🔗︎

[NAME], you submitted a Code of Conduct violation report on [DATE] about [WHO] regarding [EXPLAIN VIOLATIONS REPORTED].

After investigating, the Trust & Safety Committee has decided not to issue a warning or ban to the member.

[EXPLAIN WHY THERE WAS NO FURTHER ACTION NEEDED]

This decision is final.

Warning 🔗︎

[NAME], you have been reported as violating Techqueria's Code of Conduct and after conducting an investigation, the Trust & Safety Committee has decided to issue you a warning.

Specifically, you have violated:

[EXPLAIN VIOLATION]

This specific violation was [TYPE OF SEVERITY] and therefore, [LIST OUT WHAT CAN HAPPEN NEXT].

This decision is final.

Follow up with reporter - warning 🔗︎

[NAME], you submitted a Code of Conduct violation report on [DATE] about [WHO] regarding [EXPLAIN VIOLATIONS REPORTED].

After investigating, the Trust & Safety Committee has decided to ban [WHO] from Techqueria starting [DATE].

[EXPLAIN WHY THERE WAS BAN]

This decision is final and we thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Ban 🔗︎

[NAME], you have been reported as violating Techqueria's Code of Conduct.

[EXPLAIN VIOLATIONS]

After investigating violations, the Trust & Safety Committee has decided to ban you from Techqueria starting [DATE].

Specifically, you have been found to violate:

[EXPLAIN VIOLATION]

You are also banned from attending in-person events and will be asked to leave if you are present.

This decision is final.

Follow up with reporter - ban 🔗︎

[NAME], you submitted a Code of Conduct violation report on [DATE] about [WHO] regarding [EXPLAIN VIOLATIONS REPORTED].

After investigating, the Trust & Safety Committee has decided to ban [WHO] from Techqueria starting [DATE].

[EXPLAIN WHY THERE WAS BAN]

This decision is final and we thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Documenting Code of Conduct Violators 🔗︎

All members who have violated the Code of Conduct will be documented in a list that is accessible by the Trust & Safety Committee.

That list will include the following information about members who have been removed:

  • Name
  • Email
  • What caused their removal
  • When they were removed
  • When they can ask to rejoin
  • Any other relevant info about the removal

Updating the Code of Conduct 🔗︎

The Trust & Safety Committee is responsible for making updates to the Code of Conduct and can do so through a majority vote at a committee meeting.

Questions? 🔗︎

Let us know in #meta-code-of-conduct.

Kudos 🔗︎

Inspiration for this Code of Conduct came in part from Women Who CodeLGBTQ in Technology and the DEV Community.


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ℹ️About Techqueria

Techqueria is a 501c3 nonprofit that empowers Latinx professionals with the resources and support that they need to thrive and become leaders in the tech industry.

Founded in 2015, we are the largest community of Latinx professionals in tech in the U.S. with over 11,000 members and 7 chapters. Our online Slack community has 8,000+ members and 2,000+ weekly active users.

The majority of our members work in PDE (product, design and engineering), have 3 to 5 years of experience, identify as millennials and joined Techqueria through word of mouth.

We work with both tech companies and employee resource groups (ERGs) to build Latinx-centered spaces that revolve around career advice, recruiting, mentorship and networking in order to comprehensively affect change in the tech industry.

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