Motivational Monday: Celebrating Diversity - Communities of Belonging

GitHub is a platform where the world builds software. As home to the largest developer community in the world, we believe deeply in the potential and the power of a diverse open source community. We feel it is our responsibility to promote diversity and inclusion, and integrate these values into every aspect of what we do.

So it doesn’t come as a surprise that GitHub has its own communities of belonging, which Hubbers (GitHub employees) can choose to be a part of. Today I want to give you a bit of a glimpse into GitHub’s culture and introduce our Communities of Belonging to you:

  • Adacats - Champions of, and for, marginalized genders in tech. Named after Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer.
  • Blacktocats - Attract and empower Black lives in tech. The Blacktocats are celebrating their fifth year (2020) and are the original CoB at GitHub!
  • Neurocats - An emerging CoB dedicated to supporting and improving the lives of neurodiverse people through action and education.
  • Octoasians - Celebrate heritage, foster community, and empower Asian and Pacific Islander leadership.
  • Octogatos - Bring together people with Latinx backgrounds and build a more inclusive universe by energizing and empowering multicultural perspectives.
  • Octoqueer - Celebrate, elevate, and advocate for queer communities.
  • Octovets - Assist veterans—and those affiliated with military service—with transitioning to civilian life through fellowship, mentorship, and recruiting.
  • Parentocats - Foster a culture where Hubbers can thrive at work and as parents.
  • Inclusion Advisory Council - Build a diverse workforce and inclusive culture where every Hubber belongs.

Are you part of a Community of Belonging or Employee Resource Group at your workplace? I’d love to learn more about it!

Also, GitHub is hiring! Check out our careers page and let me know if you have any questions!

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I’m part of the Adacats here at GitHub and I’ve really enjoyed my experience so far. Everyone has been so welcoming and supportive :heart: If anyone has any questions, I’m happy to chat about my experience as an Adacat :smiley_cat:

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I second this, @liligalante. Love the Adacats and I’m also a part of Octoasians. What I love is that we also have CoBs + Friends groups, as allies are always welcomed :smiley:

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I love to see it! :heart_eyes:

I advocated for posting jobs to sites like POCIT at a company I worked for in order to further diversify our pool of applicants. I already subscribed to their newsletter and followed their socials and overall love their content + their mission of upping the representation of people of color in tech.

I’m happy to say that leadership did take my suggestion into account and began posting jobs there :raised_hands:t5: :tada:

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