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Roca speaking at Open Source Software Conference
We’re speaking at the Open Source Bridge (#osb15) conference on the topic Catalyzing Diversity: Practical Advice for Navigating Minority STEM Communities to Open Up Open Source. This is part of our new diversity initiative in the tech/coding sector. Our OSBridge session will review our panel at the Tapia Diversity in Computing meeting. The OSBridge conference will occur June 23-26 in Portland, OR just before AlterConf — a series of discussions on diversity in the tech & gaming industries.
DiverseScholar Executive Director in NCWIT Competition
DiverseScholar Executive Director Alberto Roca gave a 5-minute flash talk during the Flash Tank at the 2015 Summit of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). The video recording of the 5 contestants has been published. Dr. Roca’s presentation (cued below or jump to minute 36) on “Increasing Ethnic and Gender Diversity in Open Source Communities” is based on his recent collaboration with OpenHatch and Outreachy at the Tapia and Open Source Bridge conferences. The winning presentation was by Dr. Linda Ott.
Advertisers, note email newsletter deadlines!
Advertisers should note the following deadlines for the DiverseScholar monthly email newsletter. The publishing schedule below lists deadlines when advertisement copy must be received by 5pm PST. These email announcements drive postdoc readers to our website. Schedule subject to change without notice. Advertisers can request ad rate info by contacting us at
Please vote: Diversity at Open Source Software Conference
We’ve submitted a session proposal for the Open Source Bridge (#osb15) conference. Please vote (click star) for the topic Catalyzing Diversity: Practical Advice for Navigating Minority STEM Communities to Open Up Open Source. This is part of our new diversity initiative in the tech/coding sector. The OSBridge session would review our panel at the Tapia Diversity in Computing meeting. The OSBridge conference will occur June 23-26 in Portland, OR just before AlterConf — a series of discussions on diversity in the tech & gaming industries.
2015 Tapia Diversity in Computing Conference
Join us at the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing occurring February 18 to 21 in snowy Boston, MA. We are supporting the Opportunities in Open Source session. Come learn how the projects Outreachy and OpenHatch help you begin on open source software projects to achieve tech workforce diversity.
National Postdoctoral Association Conference
Join us at the premier postdoctoral policy conference of the nation — the National Postdoctoral Assoc conference (#NPA2015) in Baltimore, MD from March 13 to 15. We’re organizing a session on Institutional Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowships: Growing Your Own Faculty Pipeline.
Join us at Hispanic & Native American STEM Conference
The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science is holding its annual SACNAS conference (#SACNAS2014) at Los Angeles Convention Center from October 15-19. Professional development panels below are highlighted from the complete agenda.
- Effective Time Management in Graduate School
- Science Writing to Support Your Career: from Blogging to Journalism
- Postdoc Fundamentals: Selecting a Training Experience to Match Your Career Goals
- Academic Faculty Jobs at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions
Meet the Science Writers 2014 Diversity Travel Fellows
Read about the five new DiverseScholar National Association of Science Writers (NASW) Diversity Travel Fellows. Sponsored by a generous NASW Idea Grant, these travel awards were created to encourage underrepresented minorities in science journalism to attend the ScienceWriters2014 conference (October 17-21; Columbus, OH). Over the next few weeks leading up to the #SciWri14 conference, we will be publishing their essays on the subject of diversity in science journalism.
Advertisers, note email newsletter September 12 deadline!
With the Fall academic marketing season here, academic advertisers should note the following deadlines for the DiverseScholar monthly email newsletter. The publishing schedule below lists deadlines when advertisement copy must be received by 5pm PST. If there is enough demand, then we may add a second mailing during the month. These email announcements drive postdoc readers to our website. Schedule subject to change without notice. Advertisers can request ad rate info by contacting us at
Apply for Science Writers 2014 Diversity Travel Fellowship
We’re happy to announce the DiverseScholar National Association of Science Writers (NASW) Diversity Travel Fellowship. Sponsored by a generous NASW Idea Grant, these travel awards (5 at $1,000 each) were created to encourage underrepresented minorities in science journalism to attend the ScienceWriters2014 conference (October 17-21; Columbus, OH). Deadline to apply is Wednesday September 3 at 11:55 pm PST using this online application. U.S.-based underrepresented minority journalists are encouraged to apply especially African-, Hispanic-, and Native-Americans who have journalism experience in STEM, medicine, health, environment, technology, etc.
Posted 24-Jul-2014, Updated 13-Aug-2014
We’re a Semi-finalist for the Echoing Green BMA Fellowship!
Dr. Alberto I. Roca, Executive Director of our DiverseScholar non-profit, is a semi-finalist for the 2014 Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellowship. It was announced today that the DiverseScholar project, publishers of the MinorityPostdoc.org website, was one of 444 applicants selected at the semi-finals stage out of almost 2,800 submissions. Echoing Green, based in New York, recognizes the world’s most promising social entrepreneurs through this highly competitive yearly fellowship program. The Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellowship is co-awarded by the Open Society Foundations. Dr. Roca was also a 2013 semi-finalist for the Echoing Green Global Fellowship.
2014 Tapia Diversity in Computing Conference
Join us at the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing occurring February 5 to 8 in Seattle, WA. We are organizing a session on “New Diversity Interventions for the Tech Workforce & Entrepreneurs”. Come learn about coding bootcamps, pitch events, startup accelerators, co-working spaces, and other activities with a diversity mission.
Vote for DiverseScholar to Receive NewU $20K Seed Grant!
Update: Unfortunately, we did not receive the grant. Thank you very much for your vote; and, we hope that you learned about our workforce diversity efforts. Congratulations to the recipients of the NewU grant.
DiverseScholar is asking for your vote to receive a $20,000 seed grant from the UNITY Journalists for Diversity “NewU Startup Competition”. Please view the pitch videos from all 11 competitors and then vote for DiverseScholar and one other entry (deadline now November 30 at midnight PST; extended 1 day due to survey form technical glitch). Update: As of noon on Nov 28, DiverseScholar is in third place but the voting results are quite close (figure below)!
Funds will be used to help us market the DiverseScholar Doctoral Directory to academic institutions to diversify their faculty candidate pools. Each sale of a directory places hundreds of diverse postdoc’s CVs into the hands of faculty search committees! These postdocs will be diverse role models for the growing minority student population. Funds will also be used to maintain the MinorityPostdoc.org website, to produce the next print issue of the DiverseScholar periodical, and to create travel awards for future ScienceOnline and LATISM conferences. You can vote multiple times but from different devices (IP address only used once through SurveyMonkey form).
If the UNITY website is down, then use these links to:
Posted 4-Nov-2013, Updated 6-Jan-2014
Vote to Select a New Female Scientist Bobblehead
A controversial video was recently released on YouTube (and subsequently taken down) featuring Einstein and several other famous scientist bobbleheads. Now the publicity has resulted in an effort to create more female #BobbleheadSci entists by the manufacturer. Bobbleheads.com is asking which female scientist you would like to see turned into a bobblehead (deadline December 1):
- Rosalind Franklin
- Jane Goodall
- Grace Hopper
- Ada Lovelace
- Barbara McClintock
- Lise Meitner
- Sally Ride
Latino Startup Alliance Innovator Summit
This first annual Innovator Summit by the Latino Startup Alliance brings together Latino tech entrepreneurs for two days of startup pitches, keynotes, lighting talks, workshops, networking, and the fostering of both partnerships & friendships to help support Latino startups globally (December 5-6; San Francisco, CA). Apply for the LSA Startup Pitch Competition where selected startups will have a chance to pitch in 5 categories (Cultural, Commerce, Social Entrepreneurship/EdTech, Mobile, & Latina focused Apps) for prizes and meetings with investors.
FASEB Stand Up for Science Video Contest
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is offering a $5,000 prize for a short video to inform Americans about how federal agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, fund research throughout the country. The competition opened on October 1, and video submissions will be accepted through November 30, 2013. The winning entrant will be announced in February 2014. FASEB encourages individuals and groups from around the country to participate. More information about the contest and the entry form can be found on the Stand Up For Science competition website. Last year’s contest winning video is below.
A Potential Collaboration with Diverse Programmers
On September 14, DiverseScholar was at the first weekend of the Sabio Developer Bootcamp witnessing the birth a new initiative for diversifying the professional technology workforce. For a Sabio Build project, the DiverseScholar Executive Director presented an idea of a tool to aid the diversification of the doctoral workforce. Learn more.
Latinos in Tech Innovation & Social Media 2013 Conference
DiverseScholar Executive Director, Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D. will be moderating the panel Student Software Coding Experiences for Future Latino Entrepreneurs at the annual conference of Latinos in Tech Innovation & Social Media (#LATISM13) from September 19 to 21 in New York, NY.
MinorityPostdoc.org Contact List has 1,200 Emails!
Our Monthly Newsletter Contact List has over 1,200 emails! To put that number in perspective, NSF estimates that there are only 2,400 underrepresented minority postdocs in the USA. The word clouds below show the institutions and names present in our email contact list. We keep this list current by removing inactive accounts after each monthly mailing. Read summary demographic information about the Doctoral Directory that is derived from email contact list members who join the CV database. Advertisers, your opportunities are delivered to these diverse readers so request ad rate info by contacting us at
Partnership with Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
DiverseScholar announces a mutual partnership with the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) — a non-profit consortium of over 650 colleges, universities, hospitals, research labs, government agencies, and related non- and for-profit organizations. Consortium members share a commitment to hiring the most diverse and talented faculty, staff, and executives. DiverseScholar and HERC will cross-promote each other’s services to their respective communities. DiverseScholar will also be offerring discounts on its services to HERC members.
Advertisers, note email newsletter July 19 deadline!
With the Fall academic marketing season approaching, academic advertisers should note the following deadlines for the DiverseScholar monthly email newsletter. The publishing schedule below lists deadlines when advertisement copy must be received by 5pm PST. If there is enough demand, then we may add a second mailing during the month. These email announcements drive postdoc readers to our website. Schedule subject to change without notice.
Advertisers can request ad rate info by contacting us at
Sabio.LA: Software Developer Bootcamp
Apply for a software developer bootcamp to prepare for a new career in programming. Sabio guarantees that participants will be employable with the new skills that you acquire.
New “Tech” Entrepreneurship Resources
See our new Entrepreneurship list of funding and professional development opportunities from organizations with a mission for diversity.
- African American Entrepreneurs in Technology Summit
- Blacks In Tech
- Black Startup crowdfunding
- Crowdismo crowdfunding
- FOCUS100 Startup BootCamp
- Latino Startup Alliance
- Manos Accelerator
- NewME Accelerator
- NewU Startup Camps
- Nuevo Labs Startup Accelerator
- Sabio Developer Bootcamp
Hangout: Academic Stories to Engage People
We had a lot of fun participating in our second #IsisVsTomasson Hangout on the topic of how do scientists/academics use their personal stories (& research narratives) to engage the general public (#StoryMaven). These Hangouts are led by Michael Tomasson (@MTomasson) and “Isis Morena” (pseudonym @DrIsis).
Hangout: Increasing Participation in Research & Careers
We contributed to a discussion on the participation of underrepresented populations in research studies and academic careers (#MoreInvolved). These #IsisVsTomasson Hangouts are led by Michael Tomasson (@MTomasson) and “Isis Morena” (pseudonym @DrIsis).
Speaking at Annual IRACDA Postdoctoral Conference
We’re presenting at the annual IRACDA Postdoctoral Conference hosted by Emory University and the Atlanta University Center (June 2 to 4). Dr. Alberto Roca is speaking on the topic — Connecting IRACDA Fellows to Academic Diversity Stakeholders: Who are Your Institutional Champions? The conference brings together administrators, mentors, and postdocs from institutions funded by the NIH training grant program called Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA). The programs combine a traditional supervised postdoctoral research experience with an opportunity to develop teaching skills through mentored assignments at a minority-serving institution. We will be micro-reporting the event with Tweets labeled #IRACDA2013.
National Survey of Sexual Diversity in STEM
If you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trans, have at least a Bachelor’s or technical degree, and are currently working in a STEM field in any capacity — from grad school to tenure-track faculty to corporate R&D to government employees to teachers — then please participate in this survey. This research is being conducted by Jeremy Yoder (Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Minnesota) and Allison Mattheis (new faculty member in the College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles). As queer academics, they’re interested in understanding and improving the climate for LGBTQ professional, faculty, staff, and students in STEM. Also, please help spread the word by sharing the short link http://bit.ly/queerSTEM along with the hashtag #QueerSTEM.
#BGNpodcast: Black & African-American Software Coders
We participated in a Black Girl Nerds podcast on the topic “Black Coders” on May 13, 2013. Discussion was moderated by Jamie Broadnax. BGN is “a place for women of color with various eccentricities to express themselves freely and embrace who they are. This is not a site exclusively for Black women. It’s for ALL women who are just as nerdy as we are.”
Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit
We’re micro-reporting from this 4th annual discussion on latino leadership occuring on May 11 at Stanford, CA. Kudos to volunteer Heidi Hernandez Gatty of Small Brown Girl Consulting for Tweets (see Storify below).
Promoting Postdocs at Texas Diversity Conferences
For the next few weeks, we are in Texas at various conferences promoting diverse postdocs as a talent pool for recruiting. At the PeopleConnect conference, Executive Director Alberto Roca will be speaking on “Minority Postdocs are the Source for Future Faculty of Color”.
- Diversity Summit
May 3; Houston, TX
- American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA)
May 7-10; San Antonio, TX
May 15-17; Austin, TX
Keeping Our Faculty of Color Symposium #KoFoC13
The 6th Keeping Our Faculty of Color Symposium is April 14 to 16 at the University of Minnesota. DiverseScholar Executive Director, Alberto Roca, will be speaking on “Minority Postdocs are the Source for Future Faculty of Color”. He will also be micro-reporting the event with Tweets labeled #KoFoC13.
Symposium: ADVANCEing STEM Faculty at UC Davis
On April 25 the University of California, Davis ADVANCE program had a Symposium on “ADVANCEing STEM Faculty at UC Davis”. Storify below.
Discussion on Science News & Media Diversity #SciComm
We participated in a Google+ Hangout on the topic “Science News & Media Diversity #SciSplain #JournoSplain #SciComm” on April 11, 2013. Discussion was moderated by Danielle Lee and involved members of @TheDarkSci — a team of #STEM enthusiasts working to spread the word about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics especially through niche & ethnic media publications.
News from the 2013 National Postdoc Conference
Read about the advocacy and professional development events at the 2013 National Postdoctoral Association annual conference.
Tweets from 2013 National Black Graduate Conference