A Verb for Keeping Warm (AVFKW) seeks to foster a vibrant and inclusive environment. We support the participation of all who are interested in creating textiles and we value the diversity arising from differences that make us who we are.

This includes everyone regardless of age; gender; gender expression or identity; sexual orientation; race; color; creed; ancestry; ethnicity; language; nationality; place of origin; immigration status; parental status; marital/partnership status; socio-economic status; education level; political beliefs; religion (or lack thereof); physical, mental or developmental (dis)abilities; neuro(a)typicality; size; appearance; work and behavioral styles; the perspectives of each individual shaped by their nation, experiences and culture; crafting style or level of experience; or any of the numerous other characteristics that make us who we are.

Please note that any exclusions from this list were not intentional - if there is another factor of diversity that you wish to see reflected above, please contact info@averbforkeepingwarm.com
    We ask all customers, attendees of events, teachers, speakers, and staff at AVFKW to: 

    + Act with kindness, fairness, honesty, integrity and openness
    + Respect the differing viewpoints of others and offer critiques or opinions with respect
    + Treat all with equality and dignity, as they would wish to be treated
    + Be inclusive - be inviting and welcoming to others
    + Encourage and support other members of our community
    + Be proactive in educating yourself about diversity topics - if there are any terms or concepts in these guidelines that are unfamiliar to you, go to an internet search engine and look them up. There are many great resources and the more you research these issues, the easier it will be to identify appropriate behaviors.

      + Don’t use hate speech. Hate speech is speech that attacks a person or group on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, age or sexual orientation/gender identity.
      + Harassment - including (but not limited to) deliberate intimidation, stalking, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
      + Discrimination - unjust or prejudicial treatment of people based on bigotry or implicit biases against a particular group.
      + Do not make generalizations or reinforce stereotypes about people who are different from you.


      If you experience or notice an unacceptable behavior by a member of the AVFKW community (including staff, teachers / speakers, and customers / event participants), or have any other concerns related to inclusion, please contact the Kristine Vejar and Adrienne Rodriguez at info@averbforkeepingwarm.com or 510-595-8372.


      AVFKW staff, teachers/speakers, and customers / event participants who are asked to stop any unacceptable behavior are expected to comply immediately. If staff, teachers/speakers, and customers / event participants engage in harassing behavior, AVFKW may take any action we deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all AVFKW spaces (without refunds of any fees in the case of special events and classes). AVFKW will respond to all reports. We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.

      AVFKW reserves the right not to act on complaints regarding:
      + ‘Reverse’ -isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’