GitHub Is Making Diversity and Inclusion a Priority

May 27, 2016

12:30 pm

Diversity is a necessity in the business world today. Consumers are beginning to closely examine what plans major tech companies are using to promote large-scale inclusion and long-term diversity. GitHub, one of the most prominent open-source companies out there, has recently published their own diversity initiative, including demographics and a commentary from the company CEO.

Chris Wanstrath, the CEO of GitHub, led the “Letter to the CEO,” explaining the need for transparency to help with the improvement of their own diversity goals. He writes:

“Over the past 18 months, diversity and inclusion have become a major focus for us. We’ve learned how diversity of life experiences makes a big difference in how we identify and solve problems, design software, and communicate. Today, we’re releasing our diversity data for the first time to show where we’ve made progress, where we haven’t, and to be transparent about how much further we have to go. We will also provide updates annually and share lessons we learn along the way.”

Where GitHub Will Go From Here

GitHub stands out from other diversity initiative reports in that they actively highlight their own shortcomings. Most importantly, they address how the company, as a whole, needs to improve. Specifically, the listed improvements will affect: recruitment and hiring, future candidate backgrounds (not just exclusive to college graduates); training protocols (helping with “emotional intelligence, mitigating bias, and interpersonal communication”). They even plan to extend healthcare for transgender employees, giving them further family planning options.

While naming these necessary improvements alone won’t be enough to create an inclusive workplace for GitHub, the company appears to be on the right path to fully instilling diversity into the company culture. Other tech companies can learn from this when it comes to calling themselves out on company shortcomings. The importance of diversity can go beyond representation and begin to push for inclusion.

Photo: Flickr / WOCinTech

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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she’s using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color.

Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to [email protected] or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.

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