Diversity, inclusion, and belonging at GitHub in 2023

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Being the home for

100 million
CARDINAL

developers is a privilege and responsibility. As part of our company mission to accelerate human progress through developer collaboration, we are dedicated to supporting a developer community that reflects the world we live in, as well as championing diversity across our employee base.


2023
DATE

was

a unique hiring year
DATE

for

GitHub
ORG

, with slower employee growth due to the macroeconomic climate. We doubled down on our holistic

Diversity, Inclusion
ORG

, and

Belonging
PERSON

(DI&B) strategy—across people, philanthropy, policy, and platform—to expand our progress, perspectives, and responsibility to the world.

People: Supporting Hubbers

Over

the past several years
DATE

,

GitHub
ORG

’s diversity hiring grew proportionally to its overall hiring.

This year
DATE

was no exception. We experienced growth in the number of

Asian
NORP

,

Latinx
NORP

, Black, and

Multiracial Hubbers
ORG

—increasing race and ethnicity representation by

8.61%
PERCENT

.

Our commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce, where every

Hubber
PERSON

is enabled to do their best work, remains strong.

This year
DATE

, we continued to evolve our remote-first, employee engagement programs to include

Hubber Hangouts
PERSON

, a program for

Hubbers
ORG

in the same vicinity to form in-person connections;

GitHub Engineering IRL
ORG

, where engineering

Hubbers—75%
PERCENT

joining at the start of the pandemic!—can finally meet each other in person; and

Bagel
ORG

, an app that enables

Hubbers
PERSON

to pair with each other virtually and form new connections across the company.


Philanthropy
PERSON

: Paying it forward

Creating an inclusive open source community necessitates giving back. Our social impact team connected individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds to the research-backed tools, training, and support needed to join and thrive in open source. In

2021
DATE

, we launched the All In for Students pilot—designed to be an intimate, hands-on, and customizable program—with

30
CARDINAL

students from

seven
CARDINAL

universities. And in

2023
DATE

, we scaled to reach

405
CARDINAL

students from

112
CARDINAL

universities and colleges across the

U.S.
GPE

We also launched

two
CARDINAL

programs as part of our All In for Maintainers initiative: the All In for Maintainers

DEI Resource Hub
ORG

, which empowers maintainers with the tools and information they need to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (

DEI
ORG

) within their communities; and the All In CHAOSS Badging Initiative.

When building All In for Maintainers, we conducted a maintainers listening tour and survey to better understand the state of inclusivity

today
DATE

. A key finding from our research was that maintainers have no way of identifying communities and projects who exemplified best practices for

DEI
ORG

work within their communities. The All In

CHAOSS
ORG

DEI Badging Initiative, in partnership with

CHAOSS
ORG

, is our

first
ORDINAL

step towards solving this problem. The program allows open source maintainers to signal their ongoing efforts to improve and prioritize

DEI
ORG

within their communities and have the ability to recognize those who are leading the way.

Policy: Empowering developers

To advocate for developers everywhere, we believe that policy should enable all developers to do their best work. This is why equal opportunity is

one
CARDINAL

of

three
CARDINAL

pillars that drives all of our policy advocacy. Developers play a crucial role in building digital resilience, which is why we were proud to join

the Copenhagen Pledge
LAW

, a commitment to make digital technologies work for democracy and human rights. We’ve also continued our efforts to make our platform as broadly available as possible. Additionally, we commissioned research from

Tattle
ORG

, which found that researchers in the international development, public policy, and economic fields were interested in using

GitHub
ORG

data but faced barriers in obtaining and using it. To lower those barriers, we launched

the GitHub Innovation Graph
ORG

, which provides longitudinal metrics on software development for economies across the globe.

Platform: Addressing barriers for those with disabilities

In

2023
DATE

, GitHub made significant investments to improve accessibility and disability inclusion globally, with a goal of promoting innovation from all communities. We created a head of accessibility role and hired a blind developer with lived experiences who informs our understanding and brings the diversity efforts taking place across GitHub into a cohesive multi-year strategy. We published our vision to empower developers with disabilities to contribute to software development and realize the goal of “nothing about us without us” with respect to technology.

A few notable highlights include improvements within

the GitHub Global Campus
ORG

that remove barriers for students with disabilities, improvements within GitHub Copilot that enable more developers with disabilities to leverage the power of artificial intelligence, and color contrast improvements across GitHub.com. We launched a new video series on coding accessibility and published articles on

the ReadME Project
ORG

, which amplify the voices of disabled developers. In the future, we are particularly excited about the possibility of

AI
ORG

to improve inclusion and opportunities for people with disabilities.

Looking ahead

Going forward, we’re focused on enhancing our employee experience for all

Hubbers
PERSON

, especially with our remote-

first
ORDINAL

culture in mind. This involves building loyalty and preference for GitHub as a career destination, enabling employees to grow in their personal and professional lives through career advancement, and enhancing inclusive practices throughout our ecosystems.