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Re: [Debconf-team] Diversity Sponsorships

Re: Martin

In general, I think asking people in need to front money is a barrier. Since, hopefully, Diversity efforts reach out to people who are the most in need (and/or less likely to feel empowered to take the steps to get themselves to DC without support), it is a lot nicer to not require them go through a lengthy reimbursement process--or really one at all.

I think there are also practical reasons for being able to hand people a packet (being aware that their reservations have all been handled, that they were handled in a manner that is fiscally ideal from our side, there just won't be a lot of people to manage). It also makes people feel special and included, which is always nice.


On 03/16/2016 03:55 PM, martin f krafft wrote:
also sprach David Bremner <david@tethera.net> [2016-03-16 16:19 +0100]:
How, if at all do you (collectively) want this to interact with the
regular bursaries process?
It's my understanding that the fundamental difference between
bursaries and outreach is that the former is concerned with vetting
financial aid applications, while the latter is more about actively
getting people to come.

Molly's initial explanation at DC14 involved a hypothetical envelope
she'd pass to someone, with everything they needed to come:
invitation, background info, airline voucher, confirmation of paid
room&board etc., so as to make them feel a lot more welcome and to
facilitate their decision to join us, rather than expecting them to
figure out how to sign up and apply for financial aid.

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