At RiverJam Romp, it is everyone’s responsibility to create an inclusive, welcoming community with our words and actions. We hold each other accountable for behavior that creates an unsafe or uncomfortable environment for others.
Inclusive means that we value and make space for each participant and their uniqueness. We encourage, support, and include everyone who shows up for an activity and wants to take part in it.
Sometimes we need to get creative about how to help someone fit in. We start by saying, “yes, come join in!” and figure it out from there.
We are sensitive to the painful impact of oppressive and exclusionary themes including racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, and homophobia. We believe language matters, so we avoid using words or lyrics that normalize or perpetuate these themes.
We respect and use the names and pronouns people choose for themselves.
We do our best to get consent from others by asking what they need and want, rather than making assumptions. This can mean asking if someone wants a hug before initiating one, not making unwanted advances, asking before touching an instrument that is not yours.
We do our best to be clear about what we need and want. This can mean asking for help carrying something, letting people know you do/don't want others to join in with a song you are about to sing, letting a dance partner know your preferences before a dance begins.
We give and receive feedback to help each other learn and grow. If someone is interacting with you in a way that you are not comfortable with, say so. If you find out that your words or actions have caused harm, listen carefully, apologize, and shift course.
No always means no, and you have the right to walk away if you are uncomfortable.
These community norms guide us and help us to interact respectfully, safely, and inclusively with each other.
If you need help or support, please come talk to Peter, Amanda, or Louisa.