8 minutes and 18 seconds. It’s a small amount of time. Yet, Laila Al-Shamma uses it wisely.
Recently, Laila Al-Shamma was honored by GLSEN as the 2013 Student Advocate of the Year. She is someone who makes her local community a better, safer place not just for herself but for others as well. Her strength, honesty, and humility shine through in her acceptance speech.
Some of Laila’s wisdom and insights:
“If no one around you knows that you are an ally, then you can’t claim to be an ally at all.”
“It’s my responsibility to pass along the love and acceptance that I get…”
“It doesn’t take thousands to mobilize change. It just takes a few motivated people, some help from outside organizations, like GLSEN, and imagine how many more people we could have helped if there were just a few more activists on our side.”
8 minutes and 18 seconds. Watching Laila’s speech will inspire you to advocate for your community. A small investment of time can lead to exponential change.
Personally, I am inspired to continue advocating for a diverse community in open source hardware and software development.
I am #fuelingthefuture by recruiting women to the Linux community and advocating for the @linuxfoundation to invest more in diversity. (my tweet of commitment)A community built on open communication, courtesy, and respect gets the best results from individual actions. Certainly, the Python community is seeing the benefits of its diversity goals and actions.