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22 Nov 2023

Two Outreachy Interns Join to Help Make the Wagtail Project More Accessible

We're welcoming two Outreachy interns to the Wagtail project this year

Meagen Voss

Meagen Voss

Wagtail community manager

Outreachy - Internships supporting diversity in Free and Open Source Software

We're excited to share that the Wagtail community has accepted two interns from Outreachy who will be helping us move some of our key accessibility objectives forward. Outreachy is a diversity initiative of the Software Freedom Conservancy. They provide remote internships to people subject to systemic bias and impacted by underrepresentation in the technical industry where they are living.

Our interns for the the Winter 2023 Outreachy program include:

Ahmed Olanrewaju Olaitan: Accessibility features documentation

A photo of Ahmed wearing a green traditional Nigerian top with a subtle, gold floral motif in the smooth fabric. He's standing in front of a building.

Ahmed will be joining us from Ikorodu, Lagos, Nigeria. He will be working on extending and improving the documentation for Wagtail's accessibility features. The work Ahmed does will help Wagtail users create more accessible websites and incorporate better accessibility into their content.

Ahmed doesn't have much experience yet with open source, so he says, "I look forward to seeing how decision-making translates to actionable processes in real time. Also, this an opportunity to learn what accessibility means from different perspectives."

The mentors for this project will be one of our former Outreachy interns, Damilola Oladele, and Thibaud Colas from Torchbox.

Shakhrizoda "Sherry" Yusupova: website accessibility

A photo of Shahrizoda sitting at a table with her hands folded. She has wearing a black shirt that matches her long, dark hair and complements her glasses.

Shakhrizoda is from Tashkent, Uzbekistan and will be helping us improve the accessibility of If we want to make the Wagtail project as accessible as possible, we need to make sure our own website is welcoming to people with different accessibility needs. Sherry's project will ultimately help us increase the diversity of our community by identifying and resolving accessibility issues that may be preventing people from joining us.

"This internship feels like the perfect opportunity to make a positive difference in the online space," says Sherry. "I'm excited to be part of a project that focuses on web accessibility. It's an incredibly important topic, and I'm looking forward to contributing in making sure that people have an inclusive experience on the internet."

The mentors for this project will be Scott Cranfill from the Wagtail core and accessibility teams, former Outreachy intern Albina Starykova from Torchbox and Ben Morse from Torchbox.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to Wagtail and applied for our Outreachy projects. We're thrilled to participate in Outreachy again, and we encourage everyone who applied to apply to future Wagtail projects.