Governance has been defined to refer to “structures and processes that are designed to ensure accountability, transparency, responsiveness, the rule of law, stability, equity and inclusiveness, empowerment, and broad-based participation.” All are essential to WPCampus, its members, and especially its leadership.
This governance document aims to provide transparency in how the WPCampus organization operates towards its mission of advancing higher education while providing a friendly, safe, welcoming, and accessible environment.
We welcome all who wish to participate in support of our mission, as long as they abide by the WPCampus guidelines.
WPCampus has one leadership role: its Director, Rachel Cherry (she/her). Rachel is responsible for the organization, including its finances.
One of WPCampus’s main goals is to provide resources as affordable as possible. We do not exist to make money but to provide support and resources.
All of our online conferences have been free. All of our in-person conferences have been less than $200 per ticket.
Our organization usually makes a small profit off of its events, but all of that money goes back into the organization for operating costs.
WPCampus has paid individuals and corporations for providing services for our events (catering, captions, photography, etc). But no individual, including its Director (Rachel Cherry), has ever drawn a salary from the organization.
How decisions are made
At this time, WPCampus is wholly governed by its Director, Rachel Cherry (she/her). Rachel makes all organizational decisions. Rachel’s decisions are informed by WPCampus guidelines and feedback from the community.
One way to support our organization is by getting involved with our working committees.
- Diversity and Inclusion
- An “open” meeting that takes “place” once a month in our Slack #diversity-inclusion channel. Join us!
- WPCampus 2021 Planning
- A weekly “closed” session with just the committee
All public/open planning meetings and events are scheduled in advance and marked on the WPCampus events calendar.
The following policies inform our organization’s decisions:
The majority of WPCampus conversations and interactions take place in the WPCampus Slack workspace.
We use other technology from time to time, but Slack is by far the main outlet for discussion and an excellent location for our planning groups to chat and hold meetings.
We use a paid Google Suite account (with one user) to manage our organization documents and Team Drives. WPCampus Director, Rachel Cherry, owns this account and uses this account for her organization email address.
Pantheon graciously provides donated hosting for all of our websites, including our main website and a website for each event. Each website is part of a WordPress multisite network.
WPCampus websites include:
We have a WPCampus Facebook account, but it is relatively inactive.
The WPCampus Twitter account, @wpcampusorg, is our prominent social media presence.
The following people have admin access:
- Rachel Cherry
- Curtis Grymala
- Sara Clark
The following people have contributor access:
- Brian DeConinck
- Paul Gilzow
How to stay informed on the community
WPCampus Community Blog
The WPCampus Community Blog is the place for all primary and essential announcements related to our organization and community’s growth.
How to get involved in community planning and leadership
WPCampus Planning Blog
The WPCampus Planning Blog is where community leadership posts information about planning our community, planning our community initiatives and events, and sharing leadership and volunteer opportunities.
If you’re interested in helping our community, participate in surveys, or looking for leadership and volunteer opportunities, visit the WPCampus Planning Blog.