I've been an advocate of diversity in IT for a long time. I'm very pleased to work in a company that has an above average ratio of female to male employees, as well as very diverse cultural backgrounds amongst our staff. In most tech communities, diversity is pretty low. It's why organizations like RailsBridge and Women Who Code and numerous others exist. The lack of diversity hurts us all because a homogeneous community doesn't have diversity of thought either: diverse teams outperform homogeneous teams.
Back in 2012, I became very bothered by the lack of diversity in the Clojure community - it's a lot less diverse than several other communities I've experienced - and after talking to a few people, I reached out to a former colleague from Macromedia, Sarah Allen - president of RailsBridge, to see what it would take to get something started to address it. I continued talking to people about the idea of ClojureBridge and was thrilled when Bridget Hillyer, Lynn Grogan, Maggie Litton and others took up the torch to make it happen!
I'm even more thrilled to announce that ClojureBridge is a reality: you can sign up on the web site to get involved, you can join the ClojureBridge Workshops mailing list. The first workshop will be in Durham, NC the first weekend of April and the second workshop will be in San Francisco, CA the first weekend of May!
As it says on the ClojureBridge web site:
ClojureBridge aims to increase diversity within the Clojure community by offering free, beginner-friendly workshops for women.
Our students range from those completely new to programming to professional developers who want to learn more about Clojure.
ClojureBridge is inspired by RailsBridge, and closely models the RailsBridge philosophy.