For the past several months, we’ve been working on a project our team cares a lot about — we recently launched a diversity initiative and we want your feedback. We created an open source project to catalog the growing list of groups, organizations, and resources for diverse talent in the tech community (e.g. Black Girls Who Code, Lesbians Who Tech, and PyLadies). The point of creating an open source project is to allow anyone interested in this information to have access to it, track the evolution and growth of the list, as well as have the opportunity and ability to contribute to the list and/or the overall project and mission. In this open source project you’ll find the free Boolean search strings we’ve made for any recruiter or hiring manager working in tech to help source a more diverse pool of candidates.
We’ve released this project in conjunction with a “diversity search feature” in our software. The feature doesn’t make assumptions on how an individual identifies, instead it pulls public data on Meetup groups, conference talks, and pronouns shared on any public bio. We don’t make claims on whether or not someone is part of an underrepresented group, instead we help companies align with people who actively support and participate with groups that care about diverse and inclusive environments.
It is important to us that this project is collaborative, so we’ve released the exact logic of how our diversity search feature works in hopes that you can give feedback and/or ideas as to how we can improve the feature moving forward. We expect, and welcome, critiques, feedback, and healthy discussion of ways to improve this solution.
Interested in helping or contributing? Here’s how you can help:
- What groups should to be included that aren’t currently?
- Are there other public resources we should be including in this project?
- Could this be harmful to any groups or individuals?
- Do you organize or know someone who organizes a community group that would like to collaborate?
- Are you interested in partnering?
Take a look and tell us what you think! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your reactions and feedback. We can’t wait to hear from you!