Mix-IT: Programming Diversity

Mix-IT: Programming Diversity

It's been scientifically proven that more diverse communities and workplaces create better products and the solutions to difficult problems are more complete and diverse themselves. Companies are struggling to find adequate talent. So why do we see so few women, people of color, and LGBTQ people at our events and on the about pages of our websites? Even more curiously, why do 60% of women leave the tech industry within 10 years? Why are fewer women choosing to pursue computer science and related degrees than ever before? Why have stories of active discouragement, dismissal, harassment, or worse become regular news?

In this talk we’ll examine the causes behind the lack of diversity in our communities, events, and workplaces. We’ll discuss what we can do as community members, event organizers, and co-workers to not only combat this problem, but to encourage positive change by contributing to an atmosphere of inclusivity.


Ashe Dryden

April 30, 2014


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  2. @ashedryd en

  3. @ashedryd en ! ! real life mermaid @ashedryden At the

    intersection of tech and culture, ending programmer apocrypha. ! Patron Saint of Catmoms.
  4. @ashedryden what is diversity?

  5. @ashedryden more than gender

  6. @ashedryden various backgrounds, experiences, and lifestyles

  7. @ashedryden not always visible

  8. @ashedryden race gender sexuality ability language immigration status physical &

    mental health age socioeconomic class and more!
  9. @ashedryden in·ter·sec·tion·al·i·ty the interactions of biological, social, and cultural traits

    contributing to systemic inequality
  10. @ashedryden race gender ability physical & mental health socioeconomic class

  11. @ashedryden priv·i·lege unearned advantages for a perceived trait, putting them

    in the “normal” or “default” group
  12. @ashedryden Better Education ! Access to Technology at an Earlier

    Age ! Higher Pay ! Assumed Competency ! Seen as Skill Set Instead of Traits
  13. @ashedryden ster·e·o·type threat concern where a person has the potential

    to confirm a negative stereotype about their social group
  14. @ashedryden Source: xkcd, How it Works: http:/ /xkcd.com/385/

  15. @ashedryden im·pos·tor syn·drome a psychological phenomenon in which people are

    unable to internalize their accomplishments
  16. @ashedryden this is especially pronounced when negative stereotypes exist about

    a group a person belongs to
  17. @ashedryden less likely to apply for certain jobs

  18. @ashedryden less likely to submit a talk to a conference

  19. @ashedryden less likely to attend a conference

  20. @ashedryden mar·gin·al·ized a minority or sub-group being excluded, their needs

    or desires ignored
  21. @ashedryden society teaches us to do this to everyone within

    marginalized groups
  22. @ashedryden “I’m different. I’m logical & rational; I don’t see

    gender or race.”
  23. @ashedryden Source: Moss-Racusin, et al. Science faculty’s subtle gender biases

    favor male students, 2012 scientists & STEM professors do this to each other
  24. @ashedryden even marginalized people do this to each other

  25. @ashedryden why the lack of diversity?

  26. @ashedryden pipeline

  27. @ashedryden attraction

  28. @ashedryden attrition

  29. @ashedryden 56% of women leave tech within 10 years Source:

    Athena Factor, Center for Work-Life Policy, 2008
  30. @ashedryden that’s twice the attrition rate of men

  31. @ashedryden harassment

  32. @ashedryden people in a marginalized group are twice as likely

    to be harassed or mistreated
  33. @ashedryden discrimination

  34. @ashedryden pay, advancement, job offers

  35. @ashedryden yeah, but what can i do about this stuff?

  36. @ashedryden change starts with us

  37. @ashedryden education is the trojan horse to empathy

  38. @ashedryden get to know people different than us

  39. @ashedryden bias & discrimination are often subtle

  40. @ashedryden learn to apologize

  41. @ashedryden talk about these issues openly

  42. @ashedryden “that’s not cool :(”

  43. @ashedryden change our workplaces

  44. @ashedryden what does the ‘about’ page of your website look

  45. @ashedryden culture

  46. @ashedryden outreach

  47. @ashedryden job listing language and requirements

  48. @ashedryden equal pay

  49. @ashedryden mentoring & career goal attainment

  50. @ashedryden requires participation from everyone

  51. @ashedryden what can we accomplish together?

  52. @ashedryden thanks! @ashedryden ashedryden.com