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Advertisers, note email newsletter October 16 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 2015 Diversity Travel Fellowship
Announcing the 2015 DiverseScholar National Association of Science Writers (NASW) Diversity Travel Fellowship. Sponsored by a generous NASW Idea Grant, these travel awards (10 at $1,000 each) were created to encourage underrepresented minorities in science journalism to attend the ScienceWriters2015 conference (October 9-13; Cambridge, MA). Extended deadline to apply is Sunday August 30 at noon 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.
DiverseScholarTV: Critiquing Apple Tech Diversity
Introducing our first DiverseScholarTV report: Tech Industry Diversity: Do Not Forget Latinos. The tech industry now admits to a lack of diversity and so plan to spend multi-millions to change the status quo. However, tech “diversity” is not just Black or White so where’s the love for Latinos?
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.
Help a Latina Diversify Tech
We are helping Ashley Lopez in her goal to become a junior software developer. Please donate to her coding tuition fund. Ashley recently completed a General Assembly Web Development Immersive course that costs $11,500 that was paid for using a family personal loan.
DiverseScholar is collaborating with Ms. Lopez on the Latino EduMentor project — a platform to connect students to mentors for college success especially in STEM fields. Ashley was a semi-finalist for the Voto Latino Innovators Challenge grant; and, now we are semi-finalists for the Echoing Green Fellowship. The funding would allow her to work on the project for a year. Follow her journey on the EduMentor blog.
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.
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).
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Posted 4-Nov-2013, Updated 6-Jan-2014