Code of Conduct

Participation guideline

This Code of Conduct outlines our expectations and requirements applicable to all participants including organizers, cohort call hosts, mentors, guest speakers, and experts, regarding activities in relation to any of our events. This code also details steps for reporting unacceptable behavior. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the program. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

The founders of OpenCIDER are committed to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, or work experience. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody. Therefore, we would like to ask that you follow our code of conduct in all interactions both on and offline.

When and where to use this Code of Conduct ๐Ÿ•’

Your participation is contingent upon following these guidelines in all our calls, discussions, mailing lists, chat channels, documents, group or person-to-person meetings, and any related correspondence.

Expected behavior ๐ŸŒผ

The following behaviors are expected of all participants:

Be respectful ๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿฝ

Value each otherโ€™s ideas, styles, and viewpoints. We may not always agree, but disagreement is no excuse for poor manners. Be open to different possibilities and to being wrong. Be kind in all interactions and communications. Be aware of your impact and how intense interactions may be affecting people. Be constructive and positive. Take responsibility for your impact and your mistakes โ€“ if someone says they have been harmed through your words or actions, listen carefully, apologize sincerely, and correct the behavior going forward.

Be respectful of people with different cultural practices, attitudes, and beliefs. Work to eliminate your own biases, prejudices, and discriminatory practices. Think of othersโ€™ needs from their point of view. Use preferred titles (including pronouns) and the appropriate tone of voice. Respect peopleโ€™s right to privacy and confidentiality. Be open to learning from and educating others as well as educating yourself.

Be direct but professional ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

We must be able to speak directly when we disagree and when we think we need to improve. Doing so respectfully is hard, doing so when others donโ€™t seem to be listening is harder, and hearing such comments when one is the recipient can be even harder still. We need to be honest and direct, as well as respectful.

Be inclusive ๐ŸŒˆ

Seek diverse perspectives. Diversity of views and of people on teams powers innovation, even if it is not always comfortable. Encourage all voices. Help new perspectives be heard and listen actively. If you find yourself dominating a discussion, it is especially important to step back and encourage other voices to join in. Be aware of how much time is taken up by dominant members of the group. Provide alternative ways to contribute or participate when possible.

Be inclusive of everyone in an interaction, respecting and facilitating peopleโ€™s participation whether they are:

  • Remote (on video or phone)

  • Not native language speakers

  • Coming from a different culture

  • Require the use of their preferred pronouns

  • Living in a different time zone

  • Facing other challenges to participate

Understand different perspectives ๐Ÿ’ก

Our goal should not be to โ€œwinโ€ every disagreement or argument. A more productive goal is to be open to ideas that make our own ideas better. โ€œWinningโ€ is when different perspectives make our work richer and stronger.

Lead by example ๐Ÿ™‹

By matching your actions with your words, you become a person others want to follow. Your actions influence others to behave and respond in ways that are valuable and appropriate for our organizational outcomes. Design your community and your work for inclusion. Hold yourself and others accountable for inclusive behaviors.

Behavior that will not be tolerated โŒ

The following behaviors are considered to be unacceptable under these guidelines.

  • Violence and threats of violence

  • Unwanted sexual attention, including sexualized comments, jokes, or imagery in interaction and communication

  • Derogatory comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity, and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, or work experience.

  • Deliberate stalking or following

  • Sustained disruption of talks or other interactions

  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior

Consequences of unacceptable behavior ๐Ÿ‘€

Bad behavior from any members or participants, including those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. Violation of these guidelines can result in you being asked to leave an event or online space, either temporarily or for the duration of the event, or being banned from participation in spaces, or future events and activities in perpetuity.

Reporting ๐Ÿ“

If you believe youโ€™re experiencing unacceptable behavior that will not be tolerated as outlined above, please email Sara at If your report concerns Sara, please report directly to Emmy at

After receiving a concise description of your situation, Sara or X will review and determine next steps. They will involve other colleagues or outside specialists (such as legal counsel), as needed to appropriately address each situation.

Please also report to us if you observe a potentially dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of these guidelines, even if the situation is not happening to you.

Questions ๐Ÿ’ฌ

For all feedback and questions regarding this Code of Conduct, please email Sara at

License and attribution

This set of guidelines is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

These guidelines have been adapted with modifications from Mozillaโ€™s Community Participation Guidelines (CC-BY-SA Mozilla) and the eLife Innovation Leaders Code of Conduct (CC-BY-SA eLife Innovation).

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