Women of Color (WoC) – particularly Black, indigenous, and Latinx minorities – are the most underrepresented demographic from high paying industries, including software engineering. Yet WoC are flush with the talent, creativity, and social insight to solve complex problems and lead in the software industry. This program seeks to unite WoC and other members of minoritized groups, to battle feelings of isolation and marginalization that are prevalent in educational institutions and industry settings. Using a dedicated Slack space and cohorts of 4-5 people, we will create a peer mentoring network for WoC and members of other minoritized groups to engage, receive feedback, and troubleshoot issues around their participation in open source software communities.
Participants will be placed in cohorts of 4-5 people and encouraged to meet on a 1-2 week basis. We will also host monthly 1 hour webinars, featuring peer lead instructional tutorials and talks by professionals from academia and the software industry. Our first kick-off webinar will be in January 2021.
WoCCode is an Astropy sponsored IDE (Inclusion, Diversity, and Empowerment) project, which receives funding support from the Moore Foundation. Questions about the program can be directed to WoC.Code@gmail.com