Programming Diversity

Create access and opportunity for women, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, and other marginalized people in tech.
Ashe Dryden
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Madison, Wisconsin
United States
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Why I Need Your Help

Much of my time over the past 4 months (and over the upcoming 4 months) has been dedicated to further access to programming and educational resources for people who wouldn't otherwise have it, so I've had less time to focus on paying work. I feel that the education and outreach work I'm doing right now has a greater impact and is more important to the community and the field as a whole. I'd like to continue to do this while I search for a company that wants to support this work financially on a long-term basis.

I've been honored to be asked to speak at a number of conferences, programming schools, and universities, but not all are able to cover my travel costs. This campaign will serve to cover travel expenses so I'm able to teach and advise the widest number of people possible through speaking, one-on-one conversations, and writing. This would also allow me to put together an educational resource site for businesses, conferences, educators, and individuals to learn more about the lack of diversity and what can be done to correct it.

What Happens If You Get More Money?

This will allow me to fund travel into the new year as well as to pay for on-going expenses related to the resource site I will be creating.

If I raise far more than that, I will be able to do one or more of the following things:

Stretch Goal #1 (as of 7/25): Video series, additional $13,000

A series of videos on topics covering many aspects of the lack of diversity and what we can do as community members, businesses, and conference organizers. I'd also like to do a series of frequently asked questions with resources attached. The money would go directly toward the cost of professional editing and transcription. 

Stretch Goal #2 (as of 7/25): Diversity Summit or Conference, additional $30,000 

I met with an event organizer today and she gave me the ballpark of about $28k to put on a two day conference that would bring together businesses, community leaders, educators, and other key people in the industry that are interested in changing the way we approach diversity. This would also allow us to pool our efforts and figure out how to work better together doing what each of us does best.

We would make the event as cheap as possible to attend and cover food. We'd also set up a scholarship fund for those who wouldn't otherwise be able to attend.

About Programming Diversity

My name is Ashe Dryden; I've been a programmer for 12 years and over the past year have been educating the tech community and businesses about the lack of diversity in tech. I've been lucky enough to receive attention for the work that I do through podcastsblog postsspeaking, resource sharing on twitter, and my upcoming book.

Women, people of color, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and other marginalized people understand that they have a lot to overcome when trying to get ahead. For that reason, I'm specifically focusing on educating the people that have the power to enact real change - the people who make hiring decisions, shape business cultures, promote the work of those in the community through conferences, and interact with the community on an every day basis.

The Impact

I focus my efforts educating people about how various under-represented groups are affected by subtle discrimination, bias, harassment, and lack of access. My aim is to make people more aware of these issues and to work to create an environment that gives equal access to people from all groups, backgrounds, lifestyles, and situations.

I've been thrilled to work with over 30 conferences, many businesses, and countless individuals to help remove bias, create opportunity, and begin down the long road toward greater equality. 

Other Ways You Can Help

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Even if you're unable to financially contribute to the campaign, I would be eternally grateful if you'd let your friends and company know about it. Every little bit helps. <3 

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raised by 368 people in 1 month
449% funded
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$4,500 USD goal
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This campaign ended on August 23, 2013
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    Twitter Love

    I'll personally thank you over twitter. (Don't forget to give me your twitter handle!)

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    I'll self-five and send it to you.

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    Vine Mini-Movie

    I will direct, produce, and star in a 6 second video on the one word topic of your choosing. Be creative!

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    Video postcard

    I will send you a Vine postcard from the next place I visit.

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    Four Stroopwafels

    Lovingly donated by the folks over at AppSignal.

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    Free Copy of The Diverse Team

    You will receive a free copy of my forthcoming book, The Diverse Team, which provides a toolkit for increasing diversity within your company. (

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    The Answer

    We'll knowingly nod at each other, having understood the answer to life, the universe, and everything.

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    Burrito Party

    Will we be in the same place at the same time? Grab some friends and we'll go on a burrito adventure!

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  • $100USD
    Hair Dye extravaganza

    One of two choices: 1. I'll give up my trademark blue hair for a color of your choice for a month (or more if I really like it!). 2. The next time I'm in your neighborhood I'll dye your hair a color of *my* choosing.

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    Fibonacci Prime

    For my math nerd friends ♥

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    2hr Diversity Hangout

    Let's chat about the issues your company, conference, or organization has with increasing diversity. We'll figure out what you can do to reach a broader audience and be more inclusive.

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    Sponsored Slides

    I will put your company's logo on a slide in my deck and thank them during the rest of my talks this year. (Current speaking engagement list is here:

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    Bias Screening

    I will look at your business or conference's website and give you a list of things you can change to be more inclusive and increase diversity.

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