Vote to Sponsor Ally Skills Workshop Attendees

From Pumping Station One
Jump to navigation Jump to search



  • Announced on the mailing list: 2016-05-01
  • Language locked and vote officially proposed: 2016-05-10
  • To be Voted on: 2016-05-17


We want Pumping Station: One’s community to be as inclusive as possible. To that end, we are hosting an Ally Skills Workshop to help the men in our space support the women in our space. The organizer of the workshop is asking participants to pay $40.00 to attend. In order to facilitate the most people at PS:1 being able to attend, I am proposing a vote to have PS:1 cover the costs of members participating.

The workshop will have space for up to 24 participants. I am proposing that we pay for any PS:1 members that decide to join the workshop. That would bring a maximum cost to PS:1 of $960.

The workshop will happen on June 10th at 6 PM in the Electronics lab. If the vote doesn’t pass, the workshop will still be happening, but participants will need to pay for themselves. I consider this an investment in our community, and a very small price to pay for that investment.

What is an Ally Skills Workshop?

Participants will learn techniques for supporting women that are relevant everywhere: at the office, at conferences, and online. At the end of the workshop, participants will feel more confident in speaking up to support women, be more aware of the challenges facing women in their workplaces and communities, and have closer relationships with the other participants.

The course is three hours; there will be two short breaks.

Who can attend the workshop?

Anyone over 18 years of age who acknowledges that sexism exists, that it's detrimental to society, and wants to be a part of helping to end it is welcome.

Who developed the workshop curriculum?

The initial curriculum was developed by the Ada Initiative and open-sourced. Since, there have been many iterations by the organizer.

What should I bring with me?

Yourself is required. Note-taking is optional so therefore paper and a writing instrument is optional. Electronic device note-taking will not be permitted unless there is an accessibility-related reason pre-approved by the organizer.


Authorize the Board of Directors to pay the organizer of the Ally Skills Workshop for each PS:1 member that signs up to the workshop for an amount not to exceed $1000.


  • Quorum: 39
  • Present: 45
  • Yes: 37
  • No: 1
  • Abstain: 7

The vote PASSES.