Currently the CWL community engages through weekly online meetings, discussions in the Gitter channel and discussions on this forum. The current engagement model has resulted in a small group of overwhelmingly white and male contributors.
In parallel with the meetings and chats there are at least two (1 and 2)) proposals that, while documentation focused, include a community building component. One part of these proposals is to develop some notion of personas and pathways for the CWL community and its various projects. While these proposals are currently focused on “core CWL” (that is the language) at the moment, it is worth considering how some (and hopefully, a growing proportion) of CWL users will engage with the language through CWL-implementing platforms (Seven Bridges, Arvados, Toil), something that needs to be addressed in this “personas and pathways” thinking.
In addition to the practical work of developing these personas and pathways (part of which will no doubt happen as part of the rebuilding of the CWL website) there is an urgent need to address diversity, equity and inclusion as part of the broader CWL project. I must apologise at this point for not having any great ideas of how to address this need, except to suggest that this needs to be prioritised in future outreach plans (as these come into existence and get resources attached).