Free Resources for Improving Diversity In Open Source STEM Projects

Posted by Columbia Engineering on July 5, 2022

In open source projects, different voices converge to share ideas, exchange knowledge, and solve problems, giving new and current web developers the opportunity to gain skills, enhance their portfolios, and learn from one another through collaboration. However, many open source communities have an ongoing diversity issue, as evidenced by the results of a 2017 global GitHub survey.

Fortunately, open source communities are beginning to recognize the need for new initiatives to tackle the lack of diversity in their projects. In fact, a recent article by The Next Web claims that 2021 will be the year open source projects overcome their diversity problems.

In order for that to happen, these communities will need the proper resources to address injustice and inequality and then create an inclusive environment where people from different backgrounds are able to collaborate. The free resources provided in this article are designed to help members of underrepresented groups contribute more freely, even in the face of inequitable access. But first, we will examine what may be holding them back.

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