The Krewe Code Of Contact

As many of you know, I lead up a user group called The Krewe. We are currently between websites (long story) but I wanted to get a copy of our Code of Conduct out so all members know what is expected especially with many gathering at Microsoft Ignite.

Our group has always strived for being a welcoming community, and part of that is having a community where all people feel safe. We can always be better and need to be better at ensuring our actions live up to what we expect from others and ourselves. I ask that each of you look out for each other this (and every) week, both in person and online.

The Krewe User Groups is dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment or inappropriate behavior of participants at our in person gatherings, online communities, or wherever The Krewe members meet.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination [related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, [your specific concern here].
  • Sexual images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following 
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our group for everyone.

You can make a report by emailing the president of The Krewe User Group, Michael Bender (mike@wearekrewe.org).

Any reports will be dealt with in confidence.

This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers. The source can be found here: http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Conference_anti-harassment.

Thank you to everyone in our community for your continued support of each other.


About Michael Bender

Just a geek trying to "share the wealth" with the rest of the world... Michael is a teacher at heart. Coming from a career teaching at a community college and work for 19 years as a system engineer, his passion is for helping people learn the skills necessary to ‘level-up’ their careers, and helping businesses achieve their customer goals. Sharing everything is how he guides his career as everyone wins when you share what you know. Currently, he is a Cloud Ops Advocate at Microsoft. This team focuses on engaging and advocating for Operations-focused communities to the engineering teams in Windows Azure. You’ll find Michael and his #AzOps team at conferences, online, and building great content at docs.com. Michael specializes in Windows Server, Virtualization, PowerShell and Windows Azure. As part of his goal of sharing his knowledge, he has a number of courses published on Pluralsight.com covering PowerShell and Windows Server. He is passionate about the IT Operations community. For the last 8 years, he has led up a global user group called The Krewe.he is the current president and a founding member of The Krewe, a worldwide networking group for IT Pros and Developers. This group provides a global network for the sharing of ideas and solutions for many in the Operations community. For more information, check out The Krewe on Facebook or Twitter.
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