Alberto Roca PhD

Founder @ EquitableTech.org

Alberto Roca PhD is the founder of EquitableTech.org — a new tech diversity project of his non-profit, DiverseScholar.org. EquitableTech is examining equity in open source software communities and teaching minority computer science students about open source. The project is also critiquing the diversity activities of tech companies especially relating to Latino representation. EquitableTech is complementary to Dr. Roca’s long-standing MinorityPostdoc.org S.T.E.M. faculty diversity project. While training as a biochemistry-bioinformatics postdoc, Dr. Roca founded the Postdoc Committee of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and co-founded the Diversity Committee of the National Postdoctoral Association. His expertise has led to speaking engagements at the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, the Keeping Our Faculty of Color Symposium, the National Conference for Race & Ethnicity, the Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing, Open Source Bridge, All Things Open, and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Roca has received the University of California-Irvine Chancellor’s Living Our Values Award, the SACNAS Presidential Service Award, and the top NCWIT Flash Tank prize for his pitch on the topic of diversity in tech journalism.