Towards Inclusive Tech aims to move the conversation about diversity and inclusion beyond a now familiar set of issues. We want researchers to share what interventions show the most promise after rigorous evaluation. We will encourage practitioners to share the techniques and areas of inquiry that they find most promising. Over a day and a half, we seek to reframe the debates about the role of women and other underrepresented groups in technology industry. Ultimately, the goal of the Towards Inclusive Tech conference is to construct an interdisciplinary agenda for inclusion that we can revisit and revise in the years to come.
Towards Inclusive Tech reflects the spirit of UC Berkeley: serve the public (in all its diversity), try new things (even if there’s a risk of failure), and engage across multiple disciplines (integrating research from many fields, from psychology and sociology to organizational behavior and information management.)
About the Speakers
Aubrey Blanche: Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Atlassian
Aubrey Blanche works with teams across the business to provide greater opportunities for everyone to join Atlassian and do the best work of their lives there. Her work spans the talent lifecycle from increasing access to technical education for underrepresented minorities through recruiting, retention, and advancement of all Atlassians. She relies heavily on empirical social science in her work, and has developed a new team-level paradigm for external diversity reporting. She believes that leading with empathy is the key to driving meaningful, sustainable change and creating highly effective teams.
In all areas of her work, she seeks to design effective interventions, programs, and talent practices that create equal opportunities for all Atlassians, and for the global tech industry. She is heavily involved in multiple industry groups seeking to define new standards for company transparency, reporting, and investment in diversity & inclusion. She is an advisor to SheStarts, a Sydney-based accelerator focused exclusively on supporting female founders, BeVisible, and Joonko. She is the co-founder of Sycamore, a community aiming to fix the VC funding gap for underrepresented founders.
Prudence L. Carter, Dean and Professor UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education
Dr. Carter’s research agenda focuses on causes of and solutions to enduring social and cultural inequalities among social groups, especially in education and schooling. Specifically, she examines academic and mobility differences influenced by the dynamics of race, ethnicity, class, and gender in the U.S. and global society. Her expertise spans issues of youth identity and educational well-being; urban poverty; social and cultural inequality, and the sociocultural and organizational contexts of schools.
Dr. Carter is the author the award-winning Keepin’ It Real: School Success beyond Black and White (2005), and Stubborn Roots: Race, Culture, and Inequality in U.S. & South African Schools (2012) and co-editor of Closing the Opportunity Gap: What American Must Do to Give Every Child an Even Chance (2013), all published by Oxford University Press, along with numerous articles and book chapters. She is an elected a member of the National Academy of Education, the Sociological Research Association, and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the William T. Grant Foundation where she chairs the Program Committee.
More information on this event is available here.