Slides includes interactive charts and links to the studies mentioned in the talk. http://christinatruong.com/talks/fluent-2015/
Post write-up: https://medium.com/@christinatruong/speaking-about-diversity-at-tech-conferences-can-be-discouraging-fc5786001b70
In the Summer of 2014, a number of well known tech companies released their employee demographic information, shining a bigger spotlight on the issue of diversity in tech. But what does true diversity really mean? The conversation around the lack of women in tech and the related issues has become a hot topic and is being talked about more and more. While this is very important, the lack of types of diversity often gets overshadowed by the more prevalent discussion about gender.
Are there certain biases that further split marginalized groups and how does the demographic information reflect this? In order to effectively tackle the issue of diversity, we need to understand the underlying cultural biases that create disparities not only in the culture at large but also within the underrepresented groups to change this often one-dimensional representation of the tech community.