Diversity & Inclusion in Scientific Computing (DISC)

DISC Program Mission

NumFOCUS recognizes that the open source data science community is currently highly homogenous. We believe that diverse contributors and community members produce better science and better projects. NumFOCUS strives to help create a more diverse community through initiatives and programming devoted to increasing participation by and inclusion of underrepresented people.

NumFOCUS Diversity Statement

NumFOCUS welcomes and encourages participation in our community by people of all backgrounds and identities. We are committed to promoting and sustaining a culture that values mutual respect, tolerance, and learning, and we work together as a community to help each other live out these values.

For a more detailed explication of NumFOCUS’s position on diversity in the community, see the Diversity Appendix.

The DISC program is funded in part by a generous grant from the Moore Foundation.

DISC Committee

The NumFOCUS DISC Program is led by Gina Helfrich, Program Manager for Diversity & Inclusion, and advised by the DISC Committee.


DISC Committee Members:
2017-2019 Term:
  • Julie Hollek (Data Scientist, Twitter)
  • Jennifer Klay (Professor of Physics, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; NumFOCUS Board of Directors)
  • Julia Meinwald (Open Source Coordinator, Two Sigma Investments)
  • Reshama Shaikh (Data Scientist; Organizer for NYC Women in Machine Learning & Data Science)
2018-2020 Term:
  • Samuel Brice (Software Engineer, Two Sigma)
  • Leonie Mueck (Division Editor, PLOS)
  • Madicken Munk (Postdoctoral Research Scholar,┬áNational Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at UIUC)

Get Involved

We invite the community to get involved and learn more about DISC initiatives by exploring the DISC pages on the NumFOCUS wiki and joining the DISC community mailing list.

We also invite the community to explore the projects generated at the inaugural DISC Unconference via our GitHub repo and on Twitter under the hashtag