Supporting Diversity in Technology through Whitney Lubin and Haitians in Tech

TL:DR; Haitians in Tech is now a fiscally sponsored project by Code for South Florida under our Diversity in Tech initiative. As a 501(c)(3) organization all donations are tax-deductible. 

January 12, 2020 — Today we are happy to announce our Diversity in Technology initiative which will be led by Whitney Lubin who leads Haitians in Tech. This effort is to increase the reach and engagement of tech practitioners from various ethnic minorities, backgrounds, and underserved communities community across South Florida.

11 years ago on this day, Haiti faced a catastrophic earthquake. In the US, South Florida has the largest population density of Haitian Americans, making this day resonate directly in our local South Florida community. Many of them speak English as well as Haitian-Creole and French. In our work with cities and charities, it has become increasingly important to design tech for good with all of South Florida in mind. We recognize that public interest technology and civic technology play a vital part in helping many communities including Haitians and Haitian Americans access services reliably and with dignity. This is why we are especially excited to have a Haitian-American engineeer leading this effort, as representation in leadership will drive new perspectives and cultural values into our technology ecosystem.

Haitians in Tech is a membership-based community launched in 2020 by Whitney Lubin, a local Software Engineer, and Technical Program Manager Apprentice at Microsoft Leap. Whitney served as a Code For America 2019 Fellow, working on the top-performing team in Miami on housing discoverability for low-income families. Through her leadership in Developer Relations, she will work on building bridges for English, Haitian-Creole, and French speaking communities.

Code for South Florida’s fiscal partnership is a part of our Diversity in Technology initiative 2021 goal to accelerate our reach in hard-to-reach and underserved communities increasing civic engagement across South Florida. We hope to support Haitians in Tech in building a Diversity in Tech open-source framework that can be leveraged by other communities locally in their civic engagement and developer community programs for the digital transformation of cities and governments.