JuliaCon 2023

Diversity and Inclusion Efforts in the Julia Community
07-28, 11:00–11:10 (US/Eastern), 32-144

The Julia community aims to be welcoming, diverse, inclusive towards people from all backgrounds. However, there is still room for improvement in terms of engagement and representation of people identifying from underrepresented backgrounds. In this talk, we will present different initiatives aimed at supporting underrepresented individuals and groups within the Julia community such as Julia Gender Inclusive, JuliaCN, and the Development and Diversity Fund.


During the presentation, we will provide updates on the Julia Gender Inclusive initiative. We will discuss statistics on gender diversity within the Julia community, our organized coffee hours, and mentored Hackathons to foster an inclusive environment for people of all genders.

Additionally, we will discuss new funding opportunities within the Julia community to support specifically those from underrepresented populations. One example will be The Julia Community Development and Diversity Fund which focuses on providing micro-grants to support individuals or groups lacking access to traditional computing resources within the Julia Community.

Another initiative discussed will also highlight the JuliaCN Community Fund, which promotes translation efforts and makes resources more accessible to Chinese Julia users. The mission of this fund is to propose a long-term English-to-Chinese translation program to cover anything that is stable and useful to Chinese Julia users.

For each initiative, We will discuss efforts from the past year, highlight progress and ongoing efforts of this group and how attendees can get involved and support these efforts whether in financial or volunteer bases.

My name is Jacob S. Zelko!
I graduated Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in biomedical engineering.
I work at Georgia Tech Research Institute in the HEAT Division as a researcher and am a Contractor for the Centers for Disease Control.

My research career has focused on mental health -- in particular, examining bipolar disorder, depression, and suicidality.
This focus has led me to studying about the social determinants of health, neurocognitive disabilities, and health equity.

Additionally, I have vested interests in observational health research and am an active member of OHDSI, open and reproducible science, knowledge management, science education, and as a practicing Christian, the intersection of faith communities and science.

I am a member of the AlgebraicJulia and JuliaHealth and am the current chair of the Diversity and Development Julia Community Fund

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