Resources

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So You Want to Be an Ally

This article shares a lot of fundamental concepts and resources for those wanting to be better allies.

Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is

John Scalzi uses video games as a metaphor to discuss privilege. 

On passing.

A twitter thread from Jeff Eaton about the luxury of passing in tech culture, and the responsibility white men have to resist that luxury.

How Internet Rage Is Making Tech Culture a Better Place

This piece discusses internet outrage as a productive tool for digital consciousness raising and for putting pressure on companies to behave better.

Anger as a Tool in Social Justice Movements

Kronda Adair writes about anger in social justice work--not as a harmful side effect, but as the primary driver of this work. 

The Diverse Team: Healthy Companies, Progressive Practices

Recent studies have shown that teams comprised of people from various backgrounds and lifestyles lead to a more diverse set of ideas, out-of-the-box solutions, and products that appeal to a wider segment of the population.

It is Bigger Than Microaggressions: Moving through tech as a black trans man.

This personal essay describes the intersecting microaggressions experienced by the author, a black trans man working in tech, and the negative impact they have on him and other marginalized people in tech. 

#YesWeCode

#YesWeCode is a national initiative to help 100,000 young women and men from underrepresented backgrounds find success in the tech sector.

Code for Progress

Code For Progress is a nonprofit organization that offers formalized coding training programs to women and people of color. We are based in Washington, DC and work with students, professionals, and organizations nationwide. (text from website)

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Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code was founded five years ago with the belief that computing skills are a critical path to security and prosperity in today’s job market. (text from website)

Trans*H4ck

We shift the ways trans*, gender non conforming, agender and non binary people live by creating technology that economically empowers, improves access to social services, promotes gender safety and community sustainability, while bringing visibility to trans* tech innovators and entrepreneurs. (text from website)

App Camp for Girls

App Camp for Girls is a one-week summer day program where girls and transgender & gender non-conforming youth can put their creative powers to work designing and building apps. They also learn about about the business of software while being inspired by role models in the industry. (text from website)

Black Girls Code

Black Girls CODE is devoted to showing the world that black girls can code, and do so much more. By reaching out to the community through workshops and after school programs, Black Girls CODE introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails. (from the website)

We’re Making the Wrong Case for Diversity in Silicon Valley

This article from Harvard Business Review by Todd L. Pittinsky posits that traditional diversity arguments have not convinced Silicon Valley about diversity's value because Silicon Valley is among the most innovative in technology while remaining the least diverse.

Why Diversity Matters

This article from McKinsey & Company by Vivian Hunt reports on the research which says that companies with greater diversity have greater financial returns.

Why Gender-Diverse Work Teams Are The Most Productive – And Profitable

This article by Shana Lebowitz describes the results of a MIT and Georgetown study which found that, despite being happier when working with people of the same gender, gender-diverse teams were more productive.

How Diversity Can Drive Innovation

Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Melinda Marshall, and Laura Sherbin provide an overview of the research which shows evidence that diversity unlocks innovation.

Women Considered Better Coders – But Only If They Hide Their Gender

Researchers find software repository GitHub approved code written by women at a higher rate than code written by men, but only if the gender was not disclosed.

Project Include

Project Include’s mission is to give everyone a fair chance to succeed in tech. We are a non-profit that uses data and advocacy to accelerate diversity and inclusion solutions in the tech industry.

Books to Help You Understand Your Biases and the Lived Experiences of People

Ashe Dryden's curated list of introductory and advanced-level books on intersectionality, feminism, womanism, and social justice.