The task force was set up by the R Foundation in December 2015 to address the underrepresentation of women and rebranded in January 2017 to accommodate more under-represented groups such as LGBT, minority ethnic groups, and people with disabilities in the R community.

The members of the task force were invited to participate based on their interest in routing for specific under-represented groups and their contributions in the area of diversity and inclusion, to reflect different genders, ethnic groups, work contexts, career stages and aspects of the R project (e.g. CRAN and Bioconductor). The task force is organised as a core team plus a number of sub-teams that focus on particular tasks as outlined below:

  • Community: General outreach to help people from under-represented groups get into R and develop as useRs.

  • Conferences: Focusing on R Foundation conferences, liaising with organizers/program committee on policies and inclusion initiatives.

  • On-ramps: Creating paths for useRs to develop their skills and make contributions to the R/BioConductor package ecosystem.

  • Social Media: Posting to Twitter and/or Facebook, soliciting blog posts and publishing them, maintaining website.

  • Surveys: Running and analysing community surveys, packaging up data and tools and maintaining the Data page.

  • Teaching: Methodology, materials and workshops designed for under-represented groups.

The activities of the taskforce are recorded in the minutes of our bimonthly core team teleconferences and alternate monthly all team slackathons. We are open to new member joining one of our sub-teams. If interested, please contact

The task force is happy to engage with other individuals and organisations (such as R-ladies) that are concerned about diversity and inclusion and actively seek outside collaboration on specific tasks.

Core Team Members

Heather Turner - Chair, ‘Conferences’ team leader. Heather works as a freelance statistical programmer and is on the board of the R Foundation. More about Heather.

Emily Dodwell - Administrator. Emily is a Data Scientist and R enthusiast in the Big Data Research Statistics Department at AT&T Labs, as well as an active member of the New York City R community.

Gina Griffin - ‘Community’ team leader. Gina is a Social Worker and a trauma therapist. She now works with data related to research and program evaluation in R. More about Gina.

Kevin O’Brien - ‘Community’ team leader. Kevin is a freelance statistical consultant and university teacher as well as the main organizer of Dublin R User Group with strong links to other data science user groups in Ireland and beyond.More about Kevin.

Julie Josse - ‘Conference’ team leader. Julie is a professor of statistics at École Polytechnique in France and promotes her passion of R through R classes and statistical teaching. More about Julie.

Jenny Bryan - ‘On-ramps’ team Leader. Jenny works as a developer for RStudio( and is Assoc Professor (on leave) at the University of British Columbia. She’s member of the R Foundation and rOpenSci.More about Jenny .

Michael Lawrence - ‘On-ramps’ team leader. Michael is a Computational Biologist at Genentech and a member of R Foundation, R Core and Bioconductor Core.

Tracy Shen - ‘Social Media’ team leader. Tracy is a Data Analyst at AccuWeather, Inc and holds the Data Science Specialization Certificate in R by Johns Hopkins University. More about Tracy.

David Smith - ‘Social Media’ team leader. David is the R Community Lead at Microsoft and editor of the Revolutions blog.

Jasmine Dumas - ‘Surveys’ team leader. Jasmine is a Data Scientist at Simple and author of the shinyGEO, ttbbeer, shinyLP, and gramr packages. More about Jasmine.

Madlene Hamilton - ‘Surveys’ team leader. Madlene is a research scientist and has been working on data projects in the social science and innovation arena for over 20 years. More about Madlene.

Carolin Strobl - ‘Survey’ team leader. Carolin is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Zurich, established the Zurich R Courses and co-founded the Psychoco workshops on psychometric computing.

Di Cook - ‘Teaching’ team leader. Di is a Professor in the Department of Econometrics & Business Statistics at Monash University, a regular mentor on R Google Summer of Code projects and was elected to the R Foundation in 2016.

Isabella Gollini - ‘Teaching’ team leader. Isabella is a Lecturer in Statistics at Birkbeck, University of London and an RLadies mentor. More about Isabella.

Jonathan Godfrey - Disability advisor. Jonathan was the first totally blind person in the world to gain employment as a Lecturer in Statistics (Massey University, NZ). More about Jonanthan

Sub Team Members

Joslynn Lee - ‘Community’ team member.

Ileena Mitra - ‘Community’ team member. More about Ileena.

Noa Tamir - ‘Community’ team member. More about Noa.

Gina Merchant - ‘Conferences’, ‘Social Media’ team member. More about Gina.

Charlotte Wickham - ‘On-ramps’ team member. More about Charlotte.

Wenfeng Qin - ‘Social Media’ team member. More about Wenfeng.

Stella Bollman - ‘Surveys’ team member.

Rudolf Debelak - ‘Surveys’ team member. More about Rudolf.

John Fox - ‘Surveys’ team member. More about John.

Maëlle Salmon - ‘Surveys’ team member. More about Maëlle

Joyce Robbins - ‘Teaching’ team member. More about Joyce.

Andrea Foulkes - ‘Teaching’ team member.

Hadley Wickham - ‘Teaching’ team member.