Creating a directory of support networks for increasing diversity and inclusion in recruitment and outreach
Our team, in alphabetical order:
- Amelia Kallaher, Cornell University
- Christine Custis, Shenandoah University
- Dave Clements, Galaxy Project
- Jane Herriman, Julia Computing
- Nathan Goldbaum, University of Illinois
- Noam Ross, EcoHealth Alliance/rOpenSci
- Sarah Supp, Denison University
Recruiters, educators, and community leaders often struggle to diversify their organizations. Strong support networks that connect talent to recruiters and opportunities benefit select individuals while those who don’t have the privilege of access to those networks are left behind. How can we reach the individuals without access to these networks? This problem was considered in one of the working groups formed at this year’s Diversity and Inclusion in Scientific Computing (DISC) Unconference held in conjunction with the November 2017 NYC PyData conference.
One possible solution is to provide a directory of support networks that can be used to match diverse applicants or graduates in a field to recruiters seeking diverse talent. When we talk about recruitment, this could refer to recruiting for a job, for a speaker panel, an academic department, or open source projects. Our working group began compiling a directory containing categorized resource information pertaining to:
- hiring channels
- meetups, events, and conferences
- teaching organizations
- university support networks
- societies and directories
- entrepreneur resources
- mentoring matchmaking opportunities
There are other fields that have already used a community contributed model to identify lists of talent or speakers that identify as members of an underrepresented group. In keeping with this theme, our directory will aggregate support networks (professional societies, mentoring circles, diversity campaigns, and more) as possible “connectors” to diverse talent pools for recruitment.
A draft of the current directory is on GitHub here. We would also like to house additional resources for recruiting from underrepresented groups (URGs) for companies, open-source projects, and academic programs alongside the directory. Want to contribute? Look at the project issues! This project is still in the initial stages and we would love to get help from interested community contributors.
Example Use Cases
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