Inclusion and Diversity

At Fastly, we are committed to inclusion and diversity (I&D). We believe that the diversity of the global communities we serve should be reflected in everything we do if we want to make impactful differences for those communities, especially those that are disadvantaged or marginalized. The communities we serve have different perspectives and lived experiences that we can learn from. Understanding those perspectives will allow us to change how we think.

We invite you to join the Fastly Documentation team in our annual goal to educate ourselves and share what we learn via links to people, holidays, and other significant dates that are important to the culture of our fellow Fastlyans and the communities they serve. Specifically, we want to:

  • educate people on interesting aspects of the culture of fellow Fastlyans, especially during awareness months;
  • highlight additional information about a holiday, day of recognition, or period of awareness that's important to us; and
  • increase awareness around non-dominant and cultural holidays.

Follow your curious spirit and click on these links when you notice them. Through education and increased awareness, we hope to create community-building opportunities that go beyond Fastly.

All highlights for 2023

June 2023

To celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, we will highlight important LGBTQIA+ figures each week.

DateEvent or personDescription
June 1-30U.S. LGBTQIA+ Pride MonthLGBTQIA+ Pride Month honors the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall rebellion and raises awareness of works that seek to achieve equal justice and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning Americans.
June 6-8🚀 Dr. Sally RideDr. Sally Ride (she/her) was the first American woman in space and is now recognized as the first acknowledged gay astronaut. Her sexual orientation was not discovered until after her death in 2012 when her obituary was posted by Sally Ride Science, the educational organization she founded.
June 13-15✒️ Audrey LordeAudrey Lorde (she/her) was (as quoted in Wikipedia) a self-described "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet." She is best known for the expression of emotions in her poetry that highlighted, confronted, and demanded solutions to rights surrounding racism, sexism, feminism, queer identity, illness, and disability.
June 19-21💙 World Refugee DayWorld Refugee Day, designated as such by the United Nations, aims to "build empathy and understanding for refugees around the world and recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives."
June 27-29Geo Soctomah NeptuneGeo Soctomah Neptune (she/they) is an Indigenous artist who works with Passamaquoddy and Wabanaki youths to preserve the culture arts of their ancestors by teaching basket weaving in the state of Maine in the United States. In 2020, they were the first openly two-spirited person to be elected to public office in Maine. They champion social and political issues that impact Indigenous people through their activism.

May 2023

To celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we will highlight an important figure of Asian American or Pacific Islander origin each week.

DateEvent or personDescription
May 9-11🐯 Alice WongAlice Wong (she/her) is a disabled activist and writer who founded the Disability Visibility Project, an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture.
May 16-18🍇 Larry ItliongLarry Itliong (he/him) was a Filipino American labor organizer who advocated for farm workers’ rights. One of his most notable and successful campaigns was the Delano Grape Strike, which united thousands of Filipino American farm workers to strike for better wages and basic necessities like clean water and toilets.
May 23-25👩🏻‍🚀 Ellison OnizukaEllison Onizuka (he/him) was the first Asian American and first person of Japanese origin to reach space. Sadly, he and his 6 crew mates lost their lives during the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986.
May 30-31🌉 Terisa SiagatonuTerisa Siagatonu (she/they) is a Samoan queer poet, community leader, and mental health educator born and based in the San Francisco Bay area. Her poetry combines her intersectional experience with political and personal calls to action.

April 2023

DateEvent or personDescription
April 6-8🇷🇼 International Day of ReflectionObserve and reflect on the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda that resulted in more than 1 million people dying in the short span of 100 days. April 7th marks the day the genocide started.
April 24-28💉 World Immunization WeekWorld Immunization Week, a campaign by the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to highlight the need and promote the use of vaccines to protect people across the globe from diseases.

March 2023

The theme of 2023's Women's History month is "Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories." To celebrate Women’s History Month this year, we will highlight the stories and contributions of women that history has overlooked. As this is a declared month in the US, UK, and Australia, we've selected four women from around the globe who have devoted their lives to the pursuit of truth.

DateEvent or personDescription
March 7-9⚖️ Joan Ruth Bader GinsbergJoan Ruth Bader Ginsberg (she/her) was an associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States until her recent death from cancer in 2020. She was the first Jewish woman and second woman overall to serve on the Court. Even before her career on the Court, her legal briefs and writings were instrumental in advocating for the protection of women and their equality.
March 14-16🎶 Zenzile Miriam MakebaZenzile Miriam Makeba (she/her), noted singer and songwriter of Swazi and Xhosa decent, used her musical talents to oppose the institutionalized segregation and white supremacy of the apartheid regime in South Africa. Her prominence as a political and cultural style icon contributed to the strengthening of Pan-Africanism throughout the world during her lifetime.
March 21-23📚 Malala Yousafzaiلالہ یوسفزئی (Malala Yousafzai, she/her) is the world's youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate. She came to the world's attention through her activism in Pakistan, which started at the age of 11, where she spoke out on behalf of women and their right to education.
March 28-30🇺🇦 Olena Olehivna ShevchenkoОлена Олегівна Шевченко (Olena Olehivna Shevchenko, she/her), an activist for human rights in Ukraine, is known especially for her tireless work supporting women's rights and LGBTQIA+ rights. During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, she was instrumental in organizing safe havens and support for refugees fleeing the conflicts.
March 30-31🏳️‍⚧️ International Transgender Day of VisibilityCelebrate transgender people and raise awareness of discrimination faced by them worldwide.

February 2023

To celebrate Black History Month, each week we will highlight the history, stories, and contributions of people across the African and Black diaspora.

DateEvent or personDescription
February 1-28U.S. Black History MonthUS Black History Month celebrates the people and events in the history of the African and Black diaspora.
February 7-9🚲 Marshall Walter “Major” TaylorMajor Taylor (he/him) is known as one of the fastest men ever to race on two wheels, an American who dominated sprint cycling in the late 1800s and early 1900s becoming the 2nd Black athlete to win a world championship in any sport. He did all this while battling bitter racial prejudice and physical violence from those competing against him.
February 14-16🌼 🗞️ Daisy Gaston BatesDaisy Gaston Bates (she/her) was a civil rights activist and journalist who played a leading role in the Little Rock Integration Crisis of 1957, when a group of nine African American students enrolled in a previously all-white high school in Arkansas after the US Supreme Court declared segregated schools unconstitutional. Bates believed that her greatest contribution to this seminal moment in American Civil Rights history was ensuring that none of the children participating in the desegregation activities were physically harmed, even during the most turbulent years of her advocacy.
February 21-23🩸 Charles Richard DrewDoctor Charles Richard Drew (he/him) helped develop America’s first large-scale blood banking program in the 1940s, earning him accolades as “the father of the blood bank." In 1942, he resigned from his position as the first director of the American Red Cross due to their policies of segregating African-American blood donations, a practice that continued well into the 1950s.

January 2023

DateEvent or personDescription
January 2-6🅾️ Start of National Blood Donor MonthIn 1969, President Richard Nixon (he/him) proclaimed January as national blood donor month in the U.S., both to celebrate those everyday heroes who donate blood and encourage blood donation during the winter months, one of the most difficult times to maintain a sufficient blood supply.
January 10-12⛓️ National Human Trafficking Awareness DayJanuary 10 marks National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Human trafficking is the third largest crime industry in the world despite being condemned as a gross violation of human rights by international conventions. Anyone can join the fight against human trafficking.
January 26-28✡️ International Holocaust Remembrance DayInternational Holocaust Remembrance honors the memory of the six million Jews and millions of other victims killed in the Holocaust by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. This day marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.