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Follow up on the last message about the photography workshop[edit]

Hi everyone,

This is a reminder about our photography sessions happening this week. Also, some people reached out with concerns about not being able to open the links to meetings in the previous message. Please find a direct link to the Google Meet sessions here:

Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions. If you have any questions please reach out to selsharbaty@wikimedia.org . --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 08:21, 2 October 2023 (UTC)Reply

Opportunities open for the Affiliations Committee, Ombuds commission, and the Case Review Committee[edit]

Hi everyone! The Affiliations Committee (AffCom), Ombuds commission (OC), and the Case Review Committee (CRC) are looking for new members. These volunteer groups provide important structural and oversight support for the community and movement. People are encouraged to nominate themselves or encourage others they feel would contribute to these groups to apply. There is more information about the roles of the groups, the skills needed, and the opportunity to apply on the Meta-wiki page.

If you are aware of participants in your affiliate who may be interested in these roles, please share this message with them.

On behalf of the Committee Support team, Keegan (WMF) (talk) 20:23, 18 October 2023 (UTC)Reply

Wikimedia Foundation Affiliates Strategy: Summary and Report[edit]

Dear Wikimedia affiliate,

Last year, the Wikimedia Foundation Board announced they started the process with creating an Affiliates Strategy in collaboration with the Affiliations Committee, the affiliates, and the broader communities with the intention to develop a strategy that will help guide the Foundation’s immediate work in supporting affiliates for the next few years, with a primary focus on the recognition process, as a direct responsibility of the Board.

Over several months, the Wikimedia Foundation Board engaged with an outside consultant to drive a review process of what work the Foundation was doing to support affiliates. The end goal was to have several recommended actions.

You can read more about the findings and the recommendations on this Meta-Wiki page.

Best,

MPossoupe_(WMF)21:29, 23 October 2023 (UTC)Reply

Preparing Undergraduate Women to Diversify Wikipedia[edit]

I am seeking brainstormers on a specialized education project!

Because of the troubling gender bias in Wikipedia, in both its biographical pages and in the makeup of people who edit its articles, this key online reference tool misrepresents the world it’s meant to reflect. One successful approach to bringing more women into Wikipedia editing and expanding the topics included in its pages has been to embed page editing assignments in college classes taken by majors with a higher female enrollment (e.g., nursing, education, literature, linguistics). This lets female editors learn to apply their research skills to creating a wider range of site content. However, one shortcoming to editing assignments that I have found in six years of facilitating them in college classrooms is that instructors encounter difficulties fitting time for a new set of policy and technology skills into their already full curriculum. The extra work needed to do this well adds to teaching preparation and risks causing burnout in the very people interested in creating more diverse student engagement. This is of special concern when working with undergraduates, who may be novices in their discipline’s content and hence not yet confident about sharing their class research findings in public-facing Wikipedia pages.

This project’s goal, therefore, is to help balance the additional workload required for instructors and students to succeed in online editing. Instructors who may want to encourage more female students to take part in the task of improving Wikipedia have expressed hesitation about being able to also maintain sufficient class time to establish their students’ content expertise. To meet this need, the goals of this project are to establish a network intended to mentor instructors in finding the most efficient path to fostering undergraduate women within Wikipedia. This would include launching a shared document to pool guidance and resources on successful methods for classrooms with lower division students, first-generation in college students, and non-STEM majors to get them conversant in the coding and ethics of open online editing.

To initiate this project, I will be attending WikiConference North America in Toronto, Nov. 9-12, 2023. (Thanks to funding from a WikiConferenceNA 2023 Scholarship and to a Texas Women in Higher Education Leadership Development Grant 2023). While in Toronto, I would love to connect with WikiWomen’s User Group members, Wiki Education representatives, instructors presenting on their own Wikipedia classroom editing experiences, and other interested folks. The discussion goals would be to 1) brainstorm of a set of best practices for more effectively training new female editors, finding ways to help to support novice researchers in expanding their documenting and outreach communication skills, to ultimately broadening Wikipedia content so that it better reflects the experiences of young women in academia. And to 2) produce a contact tree of experienced and new instructors who can contribute ways to streamline existing classroom editing procedures without creating such a teaching and service burden for instructors. These outcomes will enable instructors to more resourcefully get students engaged with their class content and the wiki modality as they shape a more gender-diverse Wikipedia.

Interested in meeting up to discuss this further? Or taking part in a discussion remotely? Please reply below, or message my talk page. Thanks!

LingLass (talk) 22:59, 29 October 2023 (UTC)Reply

@LingLass: thanks for posting here! This isn't something I have any experience in, but sounds like an important initiative. There's a WikiWomen telegram group and I shared your message with members. A couple of people responded and noted:
  • Wikimedia Argentina has a long history preparing undergraduate students.
  • If you haven't already, you should reach out to WikiEdu - who have great experiences with student editors in North America and a structured curricula. On-Wiki, you could also look at the Wikipedia Teahouse for mentorship options.
I also wondered if it would be worth posting at the talk page for the Women in Red WikiProject as I think that gets more attention than this page.
I'll let you know if anyone else has thoughts, and in the meantime hope the conference goes well. All the best! Chocmilk03 (talk) 08:49, 7 November 2023 (UTC)Reply
Thanks for these suggestions! And for sharing the ad on the telegram group. I have contacted WikiEdu already. But I'll follow up with the Women in Red Project as well. I appreciate your ideas! LingLass (talk) 13:46, 7 November 2023 (UTC)Reply

Telegram group & other communications-y options[edit]

Kia ora koutou (hello all). I've now added an invite link for the WikiWomen Telegram group to the main page. Telegram is an encrypted messaging service. We don't currently have a newsletter or discussion list, nor does the group meet by video chat on a regular basis (I understand there used to be monthly meetings).

I'd be interested to know if anyone thinks those would be useful, or if the group could do with any other forms of communication? My personal feeling is that the Telegram group is the best way for people to keep in touch (with this talk page as an alternative option since not everyone would use the Telegram messaging app). Chocmilk03 (talk) 02:03, 12 November 2023 (UTC)Reply

It's a good idea. But the telegram link is not working now. Thepresidentess (talk) 10:57, 18 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Thepresidentess: oh dang. I will see if I can sort a new one and notify you once I have. Thank you for flagging! Chocmilk03 (talk) 22:29, 13 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Feedback invited on proposed requirements for affiliates & user groups recognition changes[edit]

You can find this message translated into additional languages on Meta-wiki. Please help translate to your language

Dear Wikimedia Affiliates,

Following up on the development of Wikimedia Foundation Affiliates Strategy, we would like to invite you to give feedback on requirements for affiliates & user groups recognition changes. You can find the details of the proposed changes in this message from Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees liaisons to the Affiliations Committee, as well as the ways to give your feedback.

We have also reached out to your contact persons via the emails provided.

Best regards,

Xeno (WMF) (talk) 14:40, 9 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Here for support[edit]

Hi, I'm a college professor teaching a regular course about the History of Women in the Atlantic World (ca. 1450-1850). I'm trying to run an editathon this semester with help from my University library but don't know if there are any best practices/easy tools for running one with both students (who will have a bit of experience by that time, but not much) as well as rank newcomers. Any quick videos to share? Thanks in advance, and my apologies if something like this already exists that I've missed. DrKristenBlock (talk) 17:23, 9 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

@DrKristenBlock: hi there, apologies to be late responding! Have you checked out WikiEdu which has a bunch of resources and tools? That would probably be my first suggestion. The Wikipedia Teahouse on English Wikipedia is also a good place to ask general questions. Cheers, Chocmilk03 (talk) 00:46, 20 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

The full draft of the Wikimedia Movement Charter will soon be shared[edit]

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Hi there,

The Movement Charter Drafting Committee is happy to announce that the full draft of the Movement Charter will be published on April 2nd, 2024. This will kick off the community engagement period from April 2nd to April 22nd.

The Movement Charter is a proposed document to define roles and responsibilities for all the members and entities of the Wikimedia Movement, including to lay out a new Global Council for movement governance.

Everyone in the Wikimedia Movement is invited to share opinions on the full version of the Charter draft – this is the last chance to offer feedback before the Charter draft is updated for the ratification vote in June 2024.

How to share your feedback?

Read the Committee's latest updates for more information.

On behalf of the MCDC,

RamzyM (WMF) 13:58, 28 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

The full Movement Charter draft awaits your review on Meta[edit]

You can find this message translated into additional languages on Meta-wiki. Please help translate to your language

Hi everyone,

The full draft of the Movement Charter has been published on Meta for your review.

Why should you care?

The Charter is important as it will be an essential document for the implementation of the 2030 strategy recommendations. Participating in the Charter discussions means that you ensure that your voice is heard and your interests are represented in shaping the future of the Movement.

Community Engagement – April 2nd to April 30th, 2024

The Movement Charter Drafting Committee (MCDC) cordially invites everyone in the Wikimedia movement to share feedback on the full draft of the Movement Charter.

Let your voice be heard by sharing your feedback it in any language on the Movement Charter talk pages, attend a community drop-in session, or email movementcharter@wikimedia.org.

Please read the Committee's latest updates for more information.

Thank you.

On behalf of the MCDC,

RamzyM (WMF) 13:07, 3 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Affiliations Committee News (January-March 2024)[edit]

Group photo of the 2023 EduWiki Conference in Belgrade, organized by Wikipedia & Education User Group

You can find this newsletter translated into additional languages on Meta-wiki. Please help translate to your language

Quarterly newsletter sharing news and events about the work of Wikimedia's Affiliations Committee.

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MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 12:55, 18 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Board of Trustees selection call for candidates[edit]

Hello all,

The call for candidates for the 2024 Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees selection is now open from May 8, 2024 - May 29, 2024 at 23:59 UTC. The Board of Trustees oversees the Wikimedia Foundation's work, and each Trustee serves a three-year term. This is a volunteer position.

This year, the Wikimedia community will vote to fill four (4) seats on the Foundation Board in August 2024. You can see the timeline of the full selection process here.

Traits

Wikimedia is a global movement and seeks candidates from the broader community. Ideal candidates are thoughtful, respectful, community-oriented and align with the Wikimedia Foundation mission. Candidates should think about what experiences and perspectives they will bring to the Board.

The Board would like to find perspectives and voices that are essential but underrepresented in our movement. Accordingly, all candidates will be asked to include statements in their application that speak to their experiences in the world and in the movement and share how those experiences have equipped them to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Trustees commitment

Trustees serve a three year term and can serve up to three consecutive terms. The expectation is that Trustees serve on at least one of the Board’s committees. The time commitment is about 150 hours per year, excluding travel. This time is not evenly spread throughout the year. The time is concentrated around meetings.

Trustees requirements

English is the language of business for the Board. Candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English. Previous experience serving on a collective decision-making body, especially Boards or committees, and significant experience in Wikimedia (or equivalent) movement building and organizing are expected from candidates.

Apply

Candidates from all projects and communities who meet the criteria to become a Wikimedia Trustee are welcome to apply. Could you - or someone you know - be a good fit to join the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees? Encourage them to run for election. Candidates can find information and submit their nomination on the candidate application page. If you want to learn more about the role of Trustees or have questions, refer to this candidate resources page.

Community questions for candidates

All community members, including affiliates, are invited to submit questions for the Board of Trustees candidates to answer. From the list of questions, the Election Committee selects 5 questions for candidates to answer, which the candidates are expected to answer. The selected questions may be a combination of what’s been submitted from the community, if they’re alike or related. Questions can be submitted between May 8 - June 12 at 23:59 UTC. Learn more about how to submit your questions on this Meta-wiki page.

Best regards,

The Elections Committee and Board Selection Working Group

MPossoupe_(WMF) 18:33, 8 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Feedback invited on Procedure for Sibling Project Lifecycle[edit]

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Dear Wikimedia Affiliates,

The Community Affairs Committee (CAC) of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees invites you to give feedback on a draft Procedure for Sibling Project Lifecycle. Affiliates play important roles in the Movement, working with communities and external partners, and thus they bring valuable perspectives to the table. We warmly welcome you to the conversations. In addition, please share information about this with your affiliate membership, and any project communities your affiliate works with or supports. You can also help translate the procedure into more languages so that people can join the discussions in their language.

This draft Procedure outlines proposed steps and requirements for opening and closing Wikimedia Sibling Projects. It aims to ensure any newly approved projects are set up for success. This is separate from the procedures for opening or closing language versions of projects, which is handled by the Language Committee. It is also separate from the closing projects policy.

You can find the details of the proposal on this page, as well as the ways to give your feedback from today until the end of the day on June 23, 2024, anywhere on Earth.

We have also reached out to your contact persons via the emails provided.

On behalf of the CAC,

RamzyM (WMF) 16:08, 21 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

The final text of the Wikimedia Movement Charter is now on Meta[edit]

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Hi everyone,

The final text of the Wikimedia Movement Charter is now up on Meta in more than 20 languages for your reading.

What is the Wikimedia Movement Charter?

The Wikimedia Movement Charter is a proposed document to define roles and responsibilities for all the members and entities of the Wikimedia movement, including the creation of a new body – the Global Council – for movement governance.

Join the Wikimedia Movement Charter “Launch Party”

Join the “Launch Party” on June 20, 2024 at 14.00-15.00 UTC (your local time). During this call, we will celebrate the release of the final Charter and present the content of the Charter. Join and learn about the Charter before casting your vote.

Movement Charter ratification vote

Voting will commence on SecurePoll on June 25, 2024 at 00:01 UTC and will conclude on July 9, 2024 at 23:59 UTC. You can read more about the voting process, eligibility criteria, and other details on Meta.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment on the Meta talk page or email the MCDC at mcdc@wikimedia.org.

On behalf of the MCDC,

RamzyM (WMF) 08:43, 11 June 2024 (UTC)Reply

Wikimedia Foundation Affiliates Strategy: Affiliate health criteria and changes to User Group recognition process[edit]

This communication has been adapted from the original message.

Dear all,

We would like to thank all of you who shared feedback with us during this phase of the Wikimedia Foundation Affiliates Strategy process that started in November 2022, both on- and off-wiki. You can read the report from the first phase here.

Since that point, AffCom has been working with the Board of Trustees, Foundation staff, affiliates, and wider community members to enable them to provide appropriate guidance to affiliates regarding what it means to be an active and healthy Wikimedia organisation. As a result of those conversations, the committee has voted to adopt the following 10 criteria for affiliates, grouped into four main areas:

  • Goal delivery
  • Organisational Development
    • Good governance & communication
    • Financial & legal compliance
    • Affiliate health & resilience
  • Leadership & Inclusion
    • Diverse, skilled, and accountable leadership
    • Diversity balance (especially gender)
    • Universal Code of Conduct compliance)
  • Engagement & Collaboration
    • Internal (membership) engagement
    • Community connection
    • Partnerships & collaboration

You are encouraged to read more details about each of these criteria here, including guidance on how each can be met. All criteria will be tracked for all affiliates, except for the criteria around financial and legal compliance, which only apply to those affiliates receiving funds and/or that are incorporated.

Staff and AffCom are working on streamlining affiliate reporting requirements, and responding to feedback raised during the community feedback period about the reporting burden. The new requirements of data collected in reports would be useful also for different Foundation teams and departments, and allow for the creation of detailed regional or global reports that demonstrate affiliate health and impact.

In July 2024, AffCom will work to finalise the implementation plans for the changes to the affiliate requirements and application process. In August 2024, updates will be made to Meta-wiki and other supporting platforms.

You can follow the process here.

The insights from the 2023 process also included recognising a need to strengthen AffCom processes for evaluating potential User Groups’ furtherance of shared movement goals, sustainability, and general ability to be healthy and active movement participants. AffCom has adopted a revised process for User Group recognition, and will be pausing new User Group recognitions until September 2024.

No immediate changes are happening, except the pause of considering new User Group recognitions until September, for applications received after today, June 12, 2024. Once more detailed implementation plans are developed, there will be an update here and on the relevant Meta pages with the next steps after Wikimania.

To provide your feedback, please leave a comment on the main talk page on Meta.

Alternatively, you can join AffCom's open office hours on June 19 at 14:00 UTC or request a conversation as a part of Talking:2024. You can use the Let’s Talk to sign up for a time to speak with us.

Looking forward to your feedback!

Best regards,

Nat, Mike & Lorenzo

Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees Liaisons to the Affiliations Committee