R-Ladies is a global organisation that aims to promote gender diversity in the R community.
To facilitate communication and enable networking in a safe environment among all R-Ladies worldwide, we set up a Slack workspace. It allows R-Ladies members to have a safe and global space to discuss within public channels rstats news, packages, community ideas, aiming to create an awesome sharing culture and network of R-Ladies around the world. An additional objective is to re-focus the original (organizers’ slack) R-Ladies Slack to be for chapter organisers only so we as a global team and other organisers can help organise and coordinate R-Ladies activities.
This Slack is for people that identify as a woman or gender minority and are interested in the R programming language.
If you are a cis-male (you were born male, and you also identify as male), please do not sign up.
The mission of R-Ladies is to increase gender diversity in the R community. One way to achieve this, is, to provide a safe space where genders currently underrepresented in the R community feel at ease to exchange and collectively progress. We believe that by offering such a safe space, we can contribute to a harassment-free, welcoming, friendly and safe community.
Most R-Ladies chapters have the policy that organisers and presenters are women or gender minorities, but welcome allies to participate in meetups as guest. Each chapter has a contact email address and we encourage you to contact the meetup organisers if something is unclear.
In principle anything that contributes to a friendly and welcoming community.
Here are a few examples:
There are a few things this Slack is not meant for:
If you are unsure whether a post is suitable, best is to ask the Community Management Team within Slack (
@Community Management Team) or send an email at
Go to the sign-up link.
We would like to encourage gender-neutral language in this Slack. Please avoid addressing people as “ladies” or “guys”. You can use expressions as “folks”, “y’all”, “everyone”, “everybody”, “friends” or “pals” instead.
There are plenty of reasons for a preference of being addressed in a gender-neutral way and we would like to respect that.
Refer to R-Ladies Code of Conduct, and more specifically, we ask you to:
If you are being harassed by a member/guest/participant of/at R-Ladies, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the Global Leadership Team via
If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the Global Leadership Team may take any action they deem appropriate.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the Global Leadership Team may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all R-Ladies spaces (including meetups, Twitter, Slack, mailing lists, both online and offline) and identification of the participant as a harasser to other R-Ladies members or the general public.
If you have a question regarding R-Ladies Community Slack please contact
If you are interested in starting an R-Ladies chapter in your city (awesome!), refer to organizers’ get started guidance.
If you would like to report harassment or violation of parts of the Code of Conduct, please contact
Within Slack you can contact us via
@Community Management Team.
If you’re a volunteer taking care of the community slack, thank you!
We enjoy the organiser community and hope this slack can serve as a model for the R-Ladies Community Slack. Things we think work well: