Hi DevRel fam. How's everyone holding up?
It's been a rough week and a half in the States, hence the reason why this issue has been delayed a handful of times. It's been difficult to know whether I should push out content and continue with "normal" or pause on everything to recognize that we're facing issues that are far more important than a weekly newsletter right now.
I decided to send out the newsletter this week (albeit a little later than usual) because for the most part, our jobs are still continuing and the industry is still moving forward, regardless of the current events. There's been great content released in the past two weeks and I want to make sure to amplify it, even if you don't see this newsletter or click through on the content for a few more weeks.
I also know that there is far more important content being shared right now -- information about how to educate ourselves on the systemic racism that's prevalent in our country, how to best support our Black friends, family, and colleagues, and how to do the ongoing work necessary to make the long-overdue changes within our culture.
If you click through on nothing else from this issue, I'd encourage you to watch this video from Shana Sumers, Head of Community at HER. At this week's Community Chat Summit, she covered how you and your company can support Black Life Matters (and Pride Month) in the right ways, by committing to five things: Education, Accountability, Asking Questions, Taking Action, and Speaking Up.
One more item I wanted to call out this week: I and the other Community Pulse hosts are holding a Community Pulse LIVE episode on Friday, June 12 at 11:30am ET. This won't be our typical host-led discussion -- we know we don't have all the answers, but we're hoping to have an open and honest conversation with all of you about how we can use our influence as DevRel professionals to address systemic racism. If you’d like to participate, whether actively or passively, please let me know and I'll make sure you're on the invite list.
It's my goal to provide relevant content for those of us in the DevRel industry, which includes how to build and foster inclusive and diverse communities. I'm committed to educating myself on these topics. I know I'll make mistakes, so please keep me accountable! Let's make a difference not only in the tech industry, but in the broader world.