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Why Diversity Matters

At Cloud Foundry, we believe strongly in diversity.

Diversity of thought. Diversity of opinion. Most importantly, diversity in terms of gender, race, religion and orientation.

This week, the new President of the United States signed an executive order that indefinitely suspends admissions from Syrian refugees and limits the flow of other refugees from seven other countries into the United States by instituting what the President has called “extreme vetting” of immigrants. We believe this goes against the very fabric of the United States.

If you read our code of conduct, you’ll see our second tenet, immediately after “act professionally,” is:

“We value diversity and inclusiveness:​ Make everyone in our community feel welcome, regardless of their background and the extent of their contributions, and do everything possible to encourage participation in our community. We do not tolerate exclusionary behavior.”

As with many organizations in the technology industry, we’re far from perfect. We work hard to be more inclusive, but can always do more. We choose to be part of an open source community because it allows us to solve for innovation — and other problems — with the value of a diverse perspective. Diversity is our strength. It is what makes our industry — and our nation — great.

The United States is a nation of immigrants. We believe migration to escape inhumane treatment is a human right. We do not believe in discriminating against people coming to the United States based on gender, race, religion and orientation.

To fully invest in diversity, Cloud Foundry commits to future generations of coders, engineers, developers, CIOs and business leaders. In partnership with VMware’s internship program for Girls Who Code, the Foundation is working to expand its inclusivity efforts to include diverse youth from across the Bay Area.

At our upcoming Silicon Valley Summit, and at all of our events around the world, we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure all members of our community — from any nation — are able to attend. We at the Foundation believe that diversity is key to strengthening our community, the project, the ecosystem and the tech industry at large. Diversity is beneficial to business, humanity and progress.

The Cloud Foundry Foundation urges our community to let the United States federal government know how you feel. Write your congressperson, write the White House. Urge a full reversal of this policy.

This statement comes from the entirety of the Cloud Foundry Foundation staff: Abby Kearns, Chip Childers, Scott Monson, Devin Davis, Tim Harris, Melissa Logan, Caitlyn O’Connell, Marissa Root, Michelle McManus and Chris Clark.

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Abby Kearns, AUTHOR

Abby is the Executive Director of the Cloud Foundry Foundation.