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Driving down non-inclusive terminology.

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Building an Inclusive Codebase

Building an Inclusive Codebase

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Creating an inclusive engineering culture

In the world, there is continued violence and prejudice against under-represented groups that undermine belonging and equality.

Airbnb Engineering strives to create a world where anyone can belong anywhere. Team members worked with employees from affected communities to address non-inclusiv...

Airbnb wants to eliminate non-inclusive terminology. So they measured the usage of non-inclusive terminology in the code, then addressed the problem in two ways:

  • Preventing new additions of these terms. They rolled out a linter to flag pull requests that introduce non-inclusive terms.

For the initial terms, members of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) sourced offensive word lists and implemented these improvements. ERGs provided a dedicated space for employees to join around shared characteristics, interests, and life experiences. For example, Black@ represents African-American ...

Driving non-inclusive terminology is part of a larger effort in the technology community to make engineers from all backgrounds feel heard and valued.

By eliminating non-inclusive terminology that does not reflect the values of Airbnb, they show that everyone belongs and that they are seen ...

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