Code of Conduct
We’re committed to being a safe and inclusive space for all our attendees, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, race, nationality, ethnicity, disability, medical conditions, religion (or lack thereof), physical appearance, politics, or ideology. Our Code of Conduct is here to provide a clear set of guidelines to everyone in the Essence of Costa Rica conference about what standards we hold you—and ourselves—to.
BE KIND AND RESPECTFUL
Above all, we ask that all attendees, speakers, sponsors and other guests behave respectfully. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes or comments are never tolerated at Essence of Costa Rica, at regional/local events, or on social media or other online platforms for the event.
Harassment includes (but is not limited to) comments using demeaning, derogatory, or discriminatory language, comments intended to cause offense or harm to other members of the community, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
If you’re asked—whether by a Essence of Costa Rica organizer or another attendee—to stop your behavior, you’re expected to do so immediately and respectfully.
SPEAK OUT AND OWN UP
We believe peer to peer discussions, feedback, corrections can help build a stronger, safer, and more welcoming community.
If you see someone behaving disrespectfully, and you feel safe and comfortable doing so, you are encouraged to respectfully discourage them from such behavior. If you do not feel safe, comfortable, or otherwise able to respond and resolve it respectfully, please bring it to the attention of Essence of Costa Rica Confrence event staff immediately. We want to hear from you about anything that you feel is disrespectful, threatening, or just icky. We will listen and work to resolve the matter.
If you catch yourself behaving disrespectfully, or if someone else shares their discomfort with you, own up to your words and actions, and apologize accordingly. No one is perfect, and even well-intentioned people make mistakes. What matters is how you handle them, and avoiding repeating them in the future.
REPORTING AN ISSUE
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the event staff immediately. Event staff wear Essence of Costa Rica badges and are located throughout the venue. You can also email Tiffany@essenceofcostarica.com and we’ll respond promptly or anonymously submit a report at (Website)
We take all concerns seriously, and we will use our discretion in determining when and how to follow up on reported incidents. We may decline to take any further action or may direct the participant to other resources for resolution.
We will be happy to help participants contact venue/event security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.
If we determine that an Essence of Costa Rica participant is acting inappropriately, we may take any actions that we feel are necessary to prevent continued disrespectful behavior or harassment. This may even include expulsion from Essence of Costa Rica without warning or refund. We've never had to do this; please don't be the first