USENIX Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

As approved by the USENIX Board of Directors on April 16, 2021

At USENIX, a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment is one where all community members and event attendees, whatever their age, education, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, neurotype, race, religion, belief system, spiritual practice, sexual orientation, physical ability, physical appearance, body size, or other unique characteristics—whether or not protected by law—feel valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach to all of the work we do, with equal opportunity for all. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and strive to ensure that all voices are valued and heard.

Examples of this policy in action

  • We require that all event attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, staff, volunteers, and community participants adhere to our Code of Conduct. USENIX staff are trained to address any incidents that may occur.
  • We provide guidance to authors and presenters via our Code of Conduct regarding alternatives to discriminatory terminology and ask them to avoid language that could be perceived as offensive to others.
  • We offer conference grants for students and members of underrepresented populations.
  • When selecting conference venues, we thoughtfully consider the needs of our attendees, and strive to provide reasonable accommodations for those in need of them.

This statement is intended to be a dynamic and evolving perspective on diversity, equity, and inclusion as it relates to USENIX activities, and we welcome your respectful and thoughtful feedback and exchange of ideas at

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rev. 06.07.21