In April 2023, Wikimedia DC was awarded a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation for the purpose of researching the feasibility of creating a North American Hub. A potential hub would consist of Wikimedia's North American affiliates, chapters, and user groups.
View the proposal
From May to December of 2023, a committee of representatives from North American chapters, affiliates and user groups, with administrative assistance from Wikimedia DC, will work to identify opportunities and barriers to movement participants across the North American continent in order to discuss and recommend service and support measures most useful to the community. A research-based assessment of the issues and challenges will serve as a basis for possibly initiating a North American Hub as an effective support organization for communities, affiliates, and contributors.
Research through virtual means will focus on the opportunities and needs for North American Wikimedians in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean.
There will be two project committees, one for each phase of planning.
The Phase One Committee consists of delegated representatives from a number of existing North American Affiliates. By August 2023, the committee will nominate additional active North American Wikimedians with an eye on achieving a balanced, diverse, and truly representative Phase 2 committee.
Members at start - Phase 1
- Pharos, Wikimedia New York City
- Bluerasberry, Wikimedia LGBT+ and Wikimedia Medicine
- Sherry Antoine, AfroCrowd and Wikimedians of the Caribbean User Group
- Peaceray, Cascadia Wikimedians
- Louis Germain (WMCA)
- Kira Wisniewski, Art+Feminism
- Frank Schulenburg, Wiki Education Foundation
- Doreva Belfiore, Philadelphia WikiSalon
- SJ, New England Wikimedians (NEW)
- Rosiestep, WikiWomen's User Group
- James Udan, San Diego Wikimedians (tentatively)
Members - Added (Phase 2)
Phase one committee plus: