Diversity in Open Source



Let's share ideas, challenges, and solutions for the goal of diversity in the Open Source Software 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 Diversity in Computing, NOGLSTP, and SACNAS. He can also provide an update about an open source software needs assessment survey of underrepresented coders. This is part of new tech diversity initiative (called EquitableTech) that is in development by his DiverseScholar non-profit. Horn will offer her social science perspective on diversity especially drawing on her experience working with startup clients.


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 will be the third OSS Diversity BoF with Roca leading in 2014 and Horn leading in 2015. This year marks the beginning of their collaboration. Also, Roca spoke at Open Source Bridge in 2015 (Catalyzing Diversity: Practical Advice for Navigating Minority STEM Communities to Open Up Open Source) and led a session on Open Science at the 2015 conference of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Horn presented at Ignite Portland 5 on How to be a Refugee.


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    Tara Horn

    The Praxis Department


    Founder and Principal at The Praxis Department, a consultancy that helps start-ups and non-profits drive positive cultural change in the workplace and community using agile research and participatory processes. With a Masters in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development and over a decade of experience in applied social research and organizational development, I founded The Praxis Department in 2015 with the belief that everyone should be able to participate in the systems that affect them, and have access to work that allows them a full and meaningful life. I previously worked at Portland State University doing research, data analysis, and program evaluation for a range of clients, including university faculty, community organizations, and public agencies. In another life, I worked with community-based refugee and activist organizations in Southeast Asia on capacity building and organizational development, and even presented at Ignite Portland 5 on How to be a Refugee. I also served as a program evaluation adviser for Code Scouts and enjoy being part of the tech and start-up community in Portland.

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    Alberto Roca



    Diversity advocate and social entreprenuer who also explores bioinformatics and open science. My DiverseScholar non-profit catalyzes diversity among academic faculty and the science/tech workforce. I’m Editor of the STEM diversity portal MinorityPostdoc.org. I also write and edit articles for my DiverseScholar e-magazine; and, relevant ones for the tech community are:
    Opportunities in Open Source at the Tapia Conference
    A #MinorityImmersion Solution to Disrupt #TechDisparities
    Redefining Bilingual at #LATISM13: the Power of Learning to Code.
    Here are links to my 2015 OSBridge and SACNAS talks on Open Source and Open Science, respectively. Finally, I’m a very active micro-blogger using Twitter to curate many STEM diversity events. See my Storify archives such as these on the 2014 Boston and 2015 Portland AlterConf sessions.