Please read the following and sign the pledge below.
We are only as strong and supportive as our community members allow. Your help is critical in making Resilient Coders a safe and inclusive community.
Show respect by embodying positivity and offering people the benefit of doubt. Take initiative in giving and acting without waiting to be prompted. Foster an outlook that highlights the strengths of individuals. Embrace the richness of diversity, encompassing various backgrounds, perspectives, and the elements within and beyond our control. Hold yourself responsible for your actions. Approach every task purposefully and acknowledge that both your own mistakes and those of others are integral to growth. Demonstrate diligence by dedicating your utmost effort, not only to enjoyable tasks but also to those that challenge you.
As a Resilient Coders community member, you are responsible for being aware of these Community Guidelines and abiding by these rules, both virtual and during in-person events that are hosted and / or associated with Resilient Coders. It is expected that you will uphold our community values and interact in a manner that promotes a safe, respectful, and collaborative environment. Resilient Coders community members include but are not limited to Resilient Coders staff, board members, prospective students, enrolled students, alumni, mentors, hiring partners, volunteers, contractors, etc. These Community Guidelines have been developed with the assistance of the staff, alumni, and enrolled students, and will continue to evolve as we proactively seek feedback from the Resilient Coders community.
We ask community members to share their pronouns. We honor and
respect one another for how we show up in the world. We do not
make assumptions about gender based on photos or names used on
We encourage discussion of sensitive and difficult topics so
that we can support each other, help each other find solutions,
and problem solve together. Lean into discomfort. Due to the
sensitive nature of many of these discussions, please keep what
is said in these spaces - whether virtual or in person -
confidential unless you receive permission otherwise. Be
especially cognizant to avoid sharing identifying information,
and remember that anything you do share on Slack is seen by
thousands of people. Always ask the original poster or speaker
if they would feel comfortable having their post or experience
Each of our members play a role in establishing and promoting a
welcoming, positive, inclusive, and encouraging community.
Discussions, posts, actions, or comments that promote hatred of
any kind - including, but not limited to, racism, sexism,
transphobia, homophobia, biphobia, queerphobia, ableism, and
ageism - are not acceptable in Resilient Coders spaces and will
not be tolerated. Such actions may result in you being removed
from virtual or in-person communities.
Trust that everyone in this group has each other's best
interests at heart; but if someone says something incorrect or
hurtful, name what impact that has. Just because you haven’t
experienced something yourself, doesn’t mean that experience
isn’t valid. Don’t dismiss another’s ideas before asking for
Speak up and have your voice heard, but also be cognizant of how
much space you're occupying and take a step back when needed.
Encourage folks who may not usually speak. Let people of
different backgrounds tell their stories and experiences. Listen
with intention. Listen to understand. We have a lot to learn
from each other!
Many members of the community spend their precious and valuable
time sharing guidance, advice, introductions, etc. If someone
does this for you, acknowledge their comments, take time to say
thank you, and pay it forward when you can.
Resilient Coders is a harassment-free community for everyone,
regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual
orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race,
visa status, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of
any community members including but not limited to Resilient
Coders community members include but are not limited to
Resilient Coders staff, board members, prospective students,
enrolled students, alumni, mentors, hiring partners, volunteers
and contractors. Any individual violating these community
guidelines will be expelled from the Resilient Coders community
at the discretion of the Resilient Coders staff and/or Ethics
Violative behaviors include but are not limited to:
Creating noise or other disturbances that disrupt Resilient
Coders activities, or that disrupt community members.
Slurs, Name calling, and derogatory terms
Targeted or Excessive Profanity*
Offensive comments or patronizing language that reinforce
social structures of domination related to gender, gender
identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability,
mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body
size, age, race, religion, and/or visa status
Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s choices and practices,
including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs,
reproductive choice, and employment
Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names
after a pronoun preference is communicated
The general or casual use of non-targeted profanity in
conversation is not a violative behavior. Resilient Coders
community members should respect those who express discomfort
with use of such language
Publication of non-harassing private communication
Attempting to suppress or exclude the participation of someone
in a community forum
Doxxing individuals, releasing their personal information or
images without explicit permission online
Media that has been technically manipulated, photoshopped or
doctored in a way that poses a risk to the safety or
reputation of others or Resilient Coders
The redistribution of others’ intellectual property without
their consent, whether in another Resilient Coders forum or
The redistribution of a community member’s external private
social media content in a Resilient Coders forum without their
Plagiarism: Resilient Coders defines plagiarism as using as
one’s own, the words, ideas, data, code, or other original
academic material of another without providing proper citation
or attribution. Plagiarism can apply to any assignment, either
final or drafted copies, and it can occur either accidentally
or deliberately. Claiming that one has “forgotten” to document
ideas or material taken from another source does not exempt
one from plagiarizing
Unauthorized Collaboration: Resilient Coders defines
unauthorized collaboration as instances when students submit
individual work that is substantially similar to one another.
While several students may have the same source material, any
code, analysis, interpretation, or reporting required by an
assignment must be each individual’s independent work unless
Resilient Coders has explicitly granted permission for group
Using a name or likeness that is not your own
Impersonating a brand or person
Misrepresenting your affiliation with a group, organization,
Misrepresenting your position in Resilient Coders externally
or to other members of the Resilient Coders community
Making verbal or written statements on behalf of Resilient
Members may reference Resilient Coders when creating events,
informal forums, or gatherings for the Resilient Coders
community virtual or in-person but are obligated to make clear
to participants that it is community-led and not an official
experience organized by Resilient Coders leadership. Organizers
of such informal but branded experiences are expected to uphold
and enforce our Code of Conduct.
Harassing photography or recording, including logging virtual
activity for harassment purposes
Sustained disruption and criticism of discussion, talks or
other events, meant to provoke, offend, or divide
Inappropriate physical contact
When in-person, physical contact and simulated physical
contact (eg, textual descriptions like “*hug*” or “*backrub*”)
without consent or after a request to stop
Threats of violence
Bullying, social exclusion or isolation, humiliation or
degradation, embarrassment, or causing emotional,
psychological, or physical harm to a community member
Incitement of violence towards any individual, including
encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in
Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity
without their consent except as necessary to protect
vulnerable people from intentional abuse
Engaging in lewdness or indecency
Sharing sexual images, links, or any other form of medium or
Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
Unwelcome sexual attention
Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as
requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with
Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease
Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons
under 21 years at Resilient Coders events or events associated
with Resilient Coders
Furnishing alcoholic beverages to any member under the age of
Excessive consumption of alcohol is prohibited regardless of
age. Being under the influence of and/or the abuse of drugs is
Behavioral symptoms frequently associated with excessive
consumption or intoxication may include, but are not limited
to, impaired motor-skill coordination, difficulty
communicating, vomiting, glazed/red eyes, the smell of alcohol
on one’s breath, verbal and/or physical aggressiveness,
destructive and/or disruptive behavior, and engaging in any
behavior that may endanger oneself or others
Resilient Coders are not permitted to consume, be under the
influence of, possess, manufacture, distribute, or sell
illicit drugs during any Resilient Coders activity. Reasonable
suspicion of possession or use of illicit drugs and substances
in person or virtually may subject the person involved to an
investigation and/or disciplinary action
Resilient Coders community members should not advocate nor
encourage any of the above behavior, and cannot implicate the
organization or its members in the violation of the law.
We are only as strong and supportive as our community members
allow. Your help is critical in making Resilient Coders a safe
and inclusive community.
While the staff has access to all slack channels and some are
moderated on a regular basis by staff and volunteer community
members, we believe in community spaces being safe from
surveillance and in our members’ right to privacy. We cannot see
and read every exchange that happens on the platform. If you see
anything that you believe breaks our community guidelines,
please reach out to a staff member with screenshots of the post
and/or a link to the post or comments.
Conduct at non-Resilient Coders activities is viewed as the
members’ personal business.
We take every report seriously, and if someone is found to have
broken the Resilient Coders Code of Conduct, there will be an
internal investigation that may result in a verbal or written
warning, expulsion from the community, and/or immediate
termination. These measures may involve removing the offender
from the program immediately and without warning. We will also
prioritize working with those affected to determine what the
next steps should be.
All community members, including staff, volunteers, and mentors
must comply with the guidelines and are not exempt from an
internal investigation, verbal or written warning, and expulsion
from the community and/or termination.
Staff and event organizers have the authority to address any
actions that are intentionally disruptive to the program or
create an unwelcoming environment for participants. This
pertains to actions with the explicit intention or noticeable
effect of causing disturbance or hostility, as well as missing
or attacking reasonable requests for behavior changes.
These guidelines are applicable to all Resilient Coders events
and spaces, whether in person or virtual. These guidelines
extend to all RC-related social activities. If you see something
that you think violates these guidelines, please contact a staff
member with screenshots of the post and/or a link to the post or
If someone in the community makes you or anyone else feel unsafe
or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Harassment
and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our
community for everyone. We want you to feel welcome and happy.
People like you make our community a better place.
You may submit your complaint anonymously and/or personally.
You can make an anonymous report
We can't follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but we
will fully investigate the complaint and take the necessary
action to prevent a recurrence.
When taking a personal report, our staff will ensure your
privacy and that you cannot be overheard. They may involve other
staff to ensure your report is managed properly, and will ask
for your permission before sharing. Once safe, we'll ask you to
tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we'll
handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone
to support you. You won't be asked to confront anyone and we
won't tell anyone who you are.
Our team will be happy to help you figure out the best way to
support you or next steps. From contacting venue security, local
law enforcement, local support services, providing escorts, or
otherwise assisting to ensure your safety.
You can make a personal report by contacting a key staff member.
Ayanna Lott-Pollard | Executive Director
Leon Noel | Managing Director of Engineering
Stephanie Castaños | Director of Community
Boston police department non-emergency:
Boston medical center:
Boston sexual assault hotline:
Boston Local taxi:
Philly police department non-emergency:
Philly sexual assault hotline (WOAR):
Philly Local taxi:
Resilient Coders may host in-person events at different venues
or we may be invited to attend other tech events. Many of these
spaces have cameras for security purposes, and you are expected
to represent yourself and Resilient Coders in the best light
possible. We cannot afford to lose partnerships or access to a
space due to reckless behavior.
Respect an individual’s personal space, whether you know them
or not. Always ask for permission before touching someone,
taking their photo, or filming them.
Leave event spaces better than you found it
Be mindful of your volume in co-working event spaces, where
there are other businesses around
Do not disrupt other companies' space or common areas
There are lots of businesses that use co-working spaces, do
not touch or take items, this is theft
Do not take items from personal fridges
Do not use conference rooms/phone booth for calls unless given
Be considerate when enjoying the free snacks. This is not a
No sleeping on the premises
Any violative behaviors listed in the Safe Space Policy (see
By Joining our slack team you agree to abide by Resilient
Coders’ Core Values, Code Of Conduct, Honor Code, and Safe Space
Policy. We created this Slack community as a way for you to
connect with each other in meaningful ways. We ask that you do
not share any other links to external meeting spaces, please
only use slack for your communication purposes. To get started
on slack, take a look at our Slack Onboarding guide
If you think your question or comment is relevant to the
community-at-large, put it in a public channel. If it’s specific
to a person or a handful of people, keep it private. Give as
much context as possible for your question or comment. Share
what you know and only give feedback when solicited.
This Slack community is for:
Getting to know each other
Inspiring and helping each other out
Thinking through challenges together
This Slack community is not for:
Share solicitations or self-promotion that doesn’t add value
to the community-at-large
Spam people through private messaging
Troll fellow community members
Upload objectionable or inappropriate content
Pursue romantic relationships, and/or make sexual advances,
whether "warranted" or "unwarranted."
And any violative behaviors listed in the Safe Space Policy
Resilient Coders encourages enrolled students to ask for help
and communicate publicly. Thinking about our in-person roots,
there was a lot of value in being able to see what other
students were asking and learning, even if passively. It also
minimizes mentors having to answer the same questions multiple
times. Finally, it adds a layer of job readiness: communicating
and finding answers via Slack channels.
Students can @/program-team and @/staff in their respective
bootcamp channel for questions and any available staff member
can answer. Staff hopes that we can clear up any
miscommunications and get to questions quicker. Students can
still DM in case of an emergency or to set up a 1:1 meeting to
address sensitive conversations.
For Community members who are actively engaged with enrolled
If you're working with a student, we ask that you try creating
a thread in the
channel to communicate with them and share code snippets. You
can preface it with "1:1" to let other mentors know they may
not need to respond if you'd like, but the thread will be
available for other students to see.
Aside from setting up meeting times, please encourage students
/ feel empowered to move the conversation into the
We believe our work is more effective when we learn and
collaborate with each other. Recognizing privilege is important
to creating a safe and welcoming environment. We ask that all
community members reflect on their social positions re: class,
language, body, legal status, etc., and be a supportive
community member to people more marginalized than yourself.
Resilient Coders is actively reframing knowledge and actively
changing power dynamics. Please engage these practices:
Listen and learn, even when you feel confused or
Educate yourself instead of asking others to educate you.
Please see a list of educational resources below and check out
Mailchimp's guide on
Writing About People.
Don’t take credit for ideas originated by people on the front
Be an ally when no one is watching.
Acknowledge your privilege.
Contribute resources: Time. Money. Visibility. Opportunity.
The Danger of a Single Story
3 Ways to Be A Better Ally in the Workplace
How Diversity Makes Teams Innovative
Color Blind or Color Brave
Privilege & intersectionality
Toward Harnessing Language in Support of Intersectionality
and Power Building
If you agree to commit to building a strong and supportive Resilient Coders community, then we kindly ask you to sign this pledge. Thank you.