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Code of Conduct

Design Portland was built on the strength of hundreds of independent Events and Open Houses, conceived and hosted by the creative community of an entire city. Like the design community as a whole, the Design Portland team and community is diverse.

We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from any event without a refund or barred from communication channels at the discretion of the organizers.

We have a few ground rules to which we ask people to adhere. This code applies equally to directors, volunteers, organizers, attendees and members of our extended community. This isn’t an exhaustive list of things that you can’t do. Taken in the spirit in which it’s intended, it’s a guide to make it easier to enrich all of us and the design communities in which we participate.

This code of conduct applies to all spaces managed by Design Portland. This includes our events, our social channels, our mailing list, and any other outposts created by the team which the community uses for communication. In addition, violations of this code outside these spaces may affect a person's ability to participate within them.

Be friendly and patient.

Be welcoming. We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, colour, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.

Be respectful. Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It’s important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. Members of the Design Portland community should be respectful when dealing with other members as well as with people outside the Design Portland community.

Be careful in the words that you choose. We are a community of professionals, and we conduct ourselves professionally. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior aren't acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Violent threats or language directed against another person.
  • Discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Posting sexually explicit or violent material.
  • Posting (or threatening to post) other people's personally identifying information ("doxing").
  • Personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
  • Repeated harassment of others. In general, if someone asks you to stop, then stop.

Consequences of Inappropriate Behavior

Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. If asked to stop behaving inappropriately, you should comply immediately. Design Portland reserves the right to refuse entry to or remove any party from the event at any time. All determinations are at the sole discretion of Design Portland, and the decision of the leading Design Portland representative will be final. Severe breaches of this Code of Conduct may result in disqualification from participating in future events. Individuals expelled due to violating this Code of Conduct will not be eligible for a refund or other consolation.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact one of the organizers (identified via their Design Portland staff t-shirts), a member of security, or one of the Design Portland volunteers immediately. All reports will be handled in the strictest confidence. We can also be reached via email at and via phone / text at (503) 610-6647.

This document borrows liberally from XOXO and Django, and is therefore based on the work of JSConf, Geek Feminism, and It was guided by resources provided by Andy McMillan and clarified by Elea Chang.