[yt-dev] Community engagement

John ZuHone jzuhone at gmail.com
Tue Oct 17 17:58:25 PDT 2017

Welcome, Kandace!

> On Oct 17, 2017, at 6:32 PM, Matthew Turk <matthewturk at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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 <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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