[yt-dev] Community engagement

Britton Smith brittonsmith at gmail.com
Tue Oct 17 16:11:46 PDT 2017

Welcome, Kandace!  I'm excited to have you on this project and am looking
forward to working with you.


On Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 10:32 PM, Matthew Turk <matthewturk at gmail.com>

> Hi folks,
> A couple weeks ago, I shared the news that yt has been awarded a grant
> from the NSF in the SI2-SSI program. ( http://lists.spacepope.org/
> pipermail/yt-dev-spacepope.org/2017-August/006933.html )
> Community engagement, especially how it intersects with development, has
> been a core focus of the yt project over its lifetime. Balancing
> “deliverables” with a volunteer and grass-roots culture, along with growing
> an inclusive and welcoming community, is something that we must pay
> attention to during the execution of this grant.
> So, I’d like to introduce Kandace Turner! I think I’ve briefly introduced
> her once before, several years ago, but Kandace will be coming on-board
> with yt as what other organizations call a “community manager.” Kandace is
> located at UIUC, and a few of us (including me and Kacper) have had the
> privilege of working with her on other projects, and I’m delighted she’s
> able to join us.
> Kandace has joined the yt-dev group (so, she can hear this … !) and will
> be getting the lay of the land, but she’ll be working with us to start
> organizing things like a reinvigorated team meeting schedule (and PR triage
> meetings), how to develop some inclusive and welcoming practices, and
> helping us navigate some project tasks and coordination efforts. The idea
> isn’t to change us in any fundamental ways, but to look at how we’re
> functioning, try to streamline that process, and see if we can find
> force-multipliers for how we function as a team and as a community.
> I’m really excited that she’s taking on this role; last week, Britton,
> Nathan and I were at the NumFOCUS summit, and we got to hear about how
> other projects engage with their communities, and I think this is a huge
> opportunity for us as well.
> Anyway, Kandace will be here on the mailing list, as well as on the Slack
> team, and I hope you all get a chance to get to know her as she starts
> working with us. Welcome, Kandace!
> -Matt
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