Diversity in Open Source



Let's share ideas, challenges, and solutions for the goal of diversity in the Open Source community.


Diversity, equity, and inclusion are the hallmarks of a healthy, robust community. Let’s share ideas, challenges, and solutions to achieve these goals in Open Source. Roca can describe what he’s learned from the past 10 years of collaborating with many diversity stakeholder organizations such as LATISM, Tapia, NOGLSTP, and SACNAS.


diversity, minority, ethnicity, race, equity, inclusion, disenfranchised, marginalized, bias, justice, broadening participation, ethics, power, privilege, disparity, Hispanic, Latino, African, Black, (South) Asian, native, Indian, tribal, indigenous, LGBT, GLBT, gay, lesbian, queer, sexual orientation, women, female, gender, sexism, misogyny, feminism, fatphobia, weight, ageism, first generation, socioeconomic status, working class, disabled, disability, abled, religion

Speaking experience

This is my first OSBridge proposal though I informally instigated a "Diversity in FLOSS" Birds of a Feather session at the 2014 OSBridge conference. I've given many talks on my biochemistry/bioinformatics research, diversity policy advocacy (at the National Academies, National Institutes of Health, and annual conferences of the National Postdoctoral Association, Keeping Our Faculty of Color, Understanding Interventions, ScienceOnline, Latinos in Tech Innovation & Social Media [LATISM], & the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing), and on STEM professional development topics (National Black Graduate Student Association, the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, the National Organization of Gay & Lesbian Scientists & Technical Professionals [NOGLSTP], & the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science [SACNAS]). I also write and edit articles for my DiverseScholar e-magazine. Finally, I'm a very active micro-blogger using Twitter/Storify to curate many STEM diversity events.