DiveRSE (Diverse RSE) is a series of talks and related activities including discussion and panel sessions designed to support and raise awareness of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) challenges and successes within the research software community. The series runs from March 2022 and is linked to the “Vive la différence - research software engineers” workshop being hosted at the Lorentz Centre in The Netherlands in April 2022.
|Normalizing inclusion by embracing difference
|Date and Time
|2022-03-22 16:00 UTC
|Mary Ann Leung (Sustainable Horizons Institute)
|Registration, Information, and Archives
The Vive la différence - research software engineers workshop aims to explore ways to reframe research software engineering (RSE) placing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as a central organizing principle. RSEs work in highly inter and multi-disciplinary environments, where they must be adept at “speaking” multiple languages, e.g., programming and domain languages. RSEs may have been trained in computer science, a domain science, mathematics, or an engineering discipline. Given the technical diversity, one might expect research software communities to welcome social diversity, creating an ideal ecosystem for the placing DEI as a central organizing principle. However, while research indicates that social diversity results in greater innovation, research software itself, as a growing multidisciplinary field spanning the globe and representing a diverse spectrum of technical domains, remains largely homogeneous.
This session explores what it takes to achieve DEI, also known as equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI) and justice, equity, diversity, inclusion (JEDI) and how reframing DEI within RSE could increase innovation and developer productivity. We will also consider how cultivating respect and embracing difference could help to normalize inclusion.
Mary Ann Leung is the founder and President of Sustainable Horizons Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing the computational science and engineering workforce and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her research interests span computational quantum mechanics, quantum computing, high performance computing, workforce development, diversity, and inclusion. Leung serves as an Editor for the Computing in Science and Engineering (CiSE) Magazine Diversity and Inclusion department. She performs a variety of community activities including serving on the study committee for the Congressionally mandated National Academies Assessment of the NASA University Leadership Initiative. Dr. Leung holds B.A., M.S. and PhD. degrees in Computational Physical Chemistry.