Global Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at GitHub
As home to the largest developer community in the world, we believe deeply in the potential and the power of a diverse open source community. We feel it is our responsibility to promote diversity and inclusion, and integrate these values into every aspect of what we do.
Our mission is to accelerate human progress through developer collaboration.
Whether they’re newcomers or experienced professionals, we want developers of all abilities and skill levels to have a place where they can build, collaborate, and continue to hone their craft. We prioritize global accessibility by investing in developer outreach globally, fostering a strong community on our platform, and integrating ADA best practices .
Provide an on-ramp for the next generation of developers
The Major League Hacking (MLH) MLH Fellowship, Powered by GitHub is a remote program now available in over 32 regions that matches students with open source projects and mentors.
GitHub Education has served 2.5 million students globally and provides students, teachers, and schools with access to powerful tools that support the growth and learning of the next generation of developers.
Use inclusive language
We coordinated with industry partners and the Git community more broadly to drive the work to change the default branch name for new GitHub repositories from master to main . We are now working with a number of organizations to make this an industry-wide change.
GitHub Mobile is now available in English, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish . Now more developers can organize tasks, respond to issues, and review and merge pull requests on the go – in more languages than ever.
where it counts
GitHub Sponsors allows the developer community and corporations to financially support the people and organizations who design, build, and maintain the open source projects they depend on, directly on GitHub.
In 2020, we joined forces with Microsoft and LinkedIn in a global skills initiative aimed at bringing more digital skills to 25 million people worldwide.
Amplify underrepresented voices
ReadME Project spotlights a diverse range of voices in the global open source community: the maintainers, developers, and teams whose powerful contributions move the world forward every day.
GitHub Stars is a platform for our most influential developers to showcase their work, reach more people, and shape the future of GitHub.
We want our teams at GitHub to reflect the global developer community.
Apply data to our hiring process
We set and track ambitious hiring, retention, and promotional goals for underrepresented communities.
Hold ourselves accountable
We share our annual Diversity Report, which brings transparency to diversity efforts, like representation in tech roles and in leadership.
Promote continuous learning
We invest in unconscious bias, privilege, and allyship training for all employees. This empowers everyone to develop awareness, exercise curiosity, and demonstrate courage.
Collaborate and co-create
We closely collaborate with our Communities of Belonging (CoB) and with our Inclusion Advisory Council (IAC) to guide and inform our priorities.
Provide support for Hubbers
We offer competitive benefits, including access to mental health services, a wellness stipend, $2,000 USD a year for learning and development, and back-up child care and adult/elder care.
We are dedicated to supporting nonprofits and social sector organizations through employee and company donations, service projects, and special programs.
To do this, our Social Impact Team connects organizations with Hubbers, our products, and the broader open source community.
Tech for Social Good
We created Tech for Social Good to strengthen social sector organizations working on issues that impact developers and their communities, like the COVID-19 public health response. We do this by supporting research, guides and tools, community building, and sponsorship. Our objective is to leverage GitHub's platform and products to strengthen the social sector in achieving the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Hubbers are incredibly generous and give their time, talent, and expertise to nonprofits. In order to further support those efforts, we match up to $15,000 USD in donations annually. As part of every team retreat or offsite, we integrate volunteer opportunities and provide 40 hours of volunteer credits per year to all Hubbers.
We use our platform to advance issues that protect and promote inclusive opportunities through law, regulation, and social action.
Policy can play a big role in shaping who has the opportunity to be a developer and what developers can build. That’s why our Policy Team is focused on local and global initiatives, like securing access for developers in Iran, advocating for DACA, and joining amicus briefs alongside Microsoft, Google, Salesforce, and other tech organizations in support of international students remaining in the U.S.
Protecting privacy and security
We also contribute to projects that protect the privacy and security of people across the globe, especially at-risk populations—and work to foster and protect developers' ability to collaborate and drive change.
Promote civic engagement
Finally, we promote civic engagement by developers globally, including making sure that Hubbers have paid time off to vote and serve as election workers.