Also called protected groups, supported groups is intended as a reflection of who has been excluded or marginalized in our communities, and industry.
Providing a list of supported groups signals an accountability for the experiences of all people; all participants in a project, or at an event. For those who have regularly been excluded, or hurt by omission this visibility is crucial, and much needed invitation.
Below is a positive example of an inclusive statement:
We are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of level of experience, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, personal appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, nationality, or other similar characteristic.[^5]
At a minimum, the code of conduct should name:
NOTE: Some policies may also include political parties or beliefs in this section. This is not effective because there are many kinds of political values, from social and economic inclusion, to beliefs about legal and bureaucratic processes, to ones that are about excluding or harming some groups of people. These varied political alignments do not have equal impacts.