Hi, I’m Nikki. I’m a software engineer and PhD student in Tempe, AZ. If you’re curious about my engineering experience, check out my LinkedIn; the tl;dr is - Drupal 6,7,8, fancy projects, architecture, technical manager.
I’m an active open source volunteer and community organizer. In 2016, I founded the Drupal Diversity Working Group as a response to the abysmal lack of diversity in the Drupal community. In 2017, I started the Open Demographics Initiative, as a response to watching communities struggle with how to manage their participant demographic data. In 2018, I stepped down from the Drupal Diversity Working Group, both because I believe in healthy and transparent leadership transitions, and because I was having concerns about whether D&I is the right approach at all. (I still am, happy to discuss if you’d like.)
I’m a PhD student in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology. At parties, I tell people that I study “software engineering and data ethics.” This is a 100% true statement, but if you ask for more detail, I’ll tell you that I’m interested in a few overlapping areas:
- can data be intersectional? if so, what implications does that have for folks who collect, use, generate data?
- related: what is the nature of data we generate in our normal lives? this is, likely, a career-long data ontology curiosity.
- what can empower software engineers to act ethically as individuals and community members? (sub question: what would a social justice determined, community oriented, reparations focused, intersectionally-grounded set of ethics for software engineers look like?)
- what deliberate technological interventions can we make to directly counteract systemic injustices like racism, sexism and ableism?
- what (if anything!) can make open source communities healthy and safe (especially for people who are part of under-represented groups)?
If you’re also interested in any of the above, I’d love to talk to you.
When I’m not writing code or writing papers, I climb rocks, do improv, and take my bulldog to the park.
recent presentations / talks
I’m available to speak at your event. My recent presentations are below, some of which have audio and/or video.
- TexasCamp Keynote May 2018
- Exciting Engineering Ethics Drupalcon Nashville. April 2018.
- Open Demographics overview. Sackler Student Fellows Symposium. March 2018.
- TEDxASU. March 2018
- “The Imposter Monologues.” Drupalcon Baltimore. April 2017.
- “100 ways to be an ally.” Drupalcon Baltimore. April, 2017
- “Lessons learned: diversity and inclusion advocacy.” Drupalcon Baltimore. April, 2017
- “Dogooding 101”, Badcamp 2016. Berkeley, CA. October, 2016.
- Acquia Dev Video Interview, August 2016
- Keynote, DrupalCamp Costa Rica. San Jose, Costa Rica. August, 2016
- “Together We Can Be the Example for Diversity in Tech.” Drupalcon New Orleans. New Orleans, LA. May, 2016
- “Getting your First Developer Job.” Sandcamp 2016. San Diego, CA. February, 2016
- “The process of making a website.” Sandcamp 2016. San Diego, CA. February, 2016
- “Calling all white men.” Sandcamp 2016. San Diego, CA. February, 2016
- “Empowering Women in Business with 2014 Miss World.” New York, NY. May 27, 2014
- “Lessons Learned: Overcoming Our Mistakes.” Facebook. New York, NY. May 14, 2013
- “Women Talk Tech.” Bloomberg Center for Communications. New York, NY. November, 13, 2013
- “#techinmotion. Struggles of Women in Technology.” New York, NY. March 21, 2013
- “How to create diverse development teams.” 2 World Trade Center, New York, NY. March 10, 2012