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 Senior Inventive Scientist in the Data Science and AI Research Organization at AT&T Labs, as well as an active member of the New York City R community.

Tania Allard - ‘Community’ team leader. Tania works as a Research Software Engineer and works on data and research software projects across a number of disciplines. She shares her passion for R through classes and R users groups. More about Tania.

Kevin O’Brien - ‘Community’ team leader. Kevin is a data scientist working for a forestry company, modelling forestry resources, as well as one of the main organizers of Dublin R. 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.

Augustina Ragwitz - ‘Social Media’ team leader.

David Smith - ‘Social Media’ team leader. David is a Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft, director of the R Consortium, and editor of the Revolutions blog. More about David.

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.

Tatjana Kecojevic - ‘Surveys’ team leader. Tatjana is a statistician, instructor and consultant, of which roles she is responsible for in her company DataTeka. She is a founder and co-organiser of R-Ladies Manchester and Belgrade chapters. More about Tatjana.

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 Assistant Professor in Statistics at University College Dublin 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 Jonathan.

Sub Team Members

Gina Griffin - ‘Community’ team member. More about Gina.

Joslynn Lee - ‘Community’ team member.

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

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

Yizhe Xu - ‘Community’ team member.

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

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

Liz Kellogg - ‘Social Media’ team member.

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

Maëlle Salmon - ‘Social Media’ team member. More about Maëlle

Tracy Shen - ‘Social Media’ team member. More about Tracy.

Stella Bollman - ‘Surveys’ team member.

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

Madlene Hamilton - ‘Surveys’ team member. More about Madlene.

David Meza - ‘Surveys’ team member. More about David.

Carolin Strobl - ‘Survey’ team member. More about Carolin.

Andrea Foulkes - ‘Teaching’ team member.

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

Hadley Wickham - ‘Teaching’ team member.