Kyla McConnell and Julia Müller are Ph.D. students at the University of Freiburg, where they conduct quantitative psycholinguistic research and teach graduate-level statistics and data skills. They co-organize two groups for gender inclusivity in programming: Julia Gender Inclusive (@juliainclusive) and R-Ladies Freiburg (@RLadiesFreiburg). Through these groups, they have fostered a passion for data science and statistical education, particularly for underrepresented genders. You can find their many workshops for beginners and more experienced programmers alike on the Julia Programming Language and R-Ladies Global Youtube channels, and by following us on Twitter (@McConnellKyla & @JuliaMuellerFr).
A critical component of any programming language’s potential for impact is the diversity of its community! A supportive, inclusive community draws in new learners, brings fresh perspectives to package development, and ultimately expands the reach a language has.