Resources

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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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Ethnicity, Race

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.

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.

Etsy CTO: Prioritizing Diversity in Our Hiring Fielded Better Women … and Men

Article from The Atlantic showing how, in a less than two-year period, Etsy quintupled the number of women on its engineering staff, and made other gains in the process.

Social Justice Phrase Guide

The Social Justice Phrase Guide is a tool to craft inclusive messages. Whether developing language for your organization, communicating through media platforms, or engaging in personal discussions, follow these guidelines to successfully communicate across communities.

Managing Unconscious Bias

A Facebook video series on an array of topics including:

  • Stereotypes and Performance Bias
  • Competence/Likeability Tradeoff Bias

Featuring the video "Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion and What You Can Do"

The Loneliness Of The Female Coder

This is a blog post by Ciara Byrne is about the difficulties of being female in tech.

Racial Equity Tools

Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.

Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide

Downloadable guide to seven steps to advance and embed race equity and inclusion within your organization. Publshed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

On Meritocracy

Glenn Gillen's November 30, 2013 thoughts on the potential problems with meritocracy.