Tech Tuesday: Pride, Freedom + Anti-Racism!

Hello and Happy Tech Tuesday! Here’s what’s going on in our world!

Straight from the heart and soul:

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😔 The world is so heavy right now. From the pressures of rising living costs to the racially motivated hate crime shooting in Buffalo, New York that killed 10 people, it has taken labor to experience joy in the midst of so much stress and pain.

😡 It’s infuriating that we live in a nation where this still happens regularly. It breaks our heart that there will forever be a void left by the loss of the victims - an activist, retired police officer, food pantry operator, and caretakers - due to hatred rooted in the color of their skin. Skin that they were born in.

🙏🏾 We hope each one of them rests in peace. We send love, comfort, and healing to their families and loved ones as they mourn their tragic loss.

🌎 What we are reminded of is that ideologies aren’t just beliefs that have no affect on the people around them. They impact every aspect of our lives from education, healthcare, and policy to where we live, work, and play. They also influence how we are able to exist and show up in all of the spaces we inhabit.

📚 This is why it’s necessary to do the work to understand systemic racism, including how it’s weaved into every aspect of our lives.

⚒️ Nerdy Diva is here to do the work of deconstructing bias in the institutions, practices, and mindsets that deem people less than human, less worthy, less deserving of protection and respect because of who they are or what they look like.

🤝 Creating equitable and inclusive systems and services is the mission we proudly work towards each and every day, while offering opportunities for underrepresented people to be and show up as they truly are.

Special days, events, and more on our diversity and inclusion radar:

🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍⚧️ It’s PRIDE Month! Founded on fighting against prejudice and discrimination, June is full of gatherings where LGBTQ+ communities celebrate the freedom to be themselves.

👭🏾 👬🏾 It’s also a time to recognize and honor the contributions all members of the LGBTQ+ community have made to society.

🎉 Celebrate LGBTQ+ people by taking a look at ways tech companies can honor the heart of Pride Month.

❤️🖤💚 June 19th is Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. A blend of the words “June” and “Nineteenth”, the longest running African American holiday has been celebrated annually since 1865.

✊🏾 Also known as “Freedom Day”, Juneteenth honors African American joy, achievement and excellence, while family gatherings, events, storytelling, and feasts express the significance of the journey from enslavement to emancipation.

🥳 Celebrate Juneteenth by reviewing these resources from the Mass Technology Leadership Council or visiting

Take a look at what Nerdy Diva and its Founder are up to:

  • 📰 Starting today, Tech Tuesday will be published once a month on every second Tuesday instead of twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesdays. We’re looking forward to bringing you more intentional, impactful content and resources!

  • ✍🏽 Geraldine Lua is working on illustrations for the Nerdy Diva website, social media, and store. Click the button below to share your feedback and receive a free Nerdy Diva sticker!

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  • ☀️ Nerdy Diva has partnered with STL Youth Jobs and is welcoming three interns this summer! More information is coming in our next newsletter!

  • 📚 Yay! We made the list! Nerdy Diva’s resources are featured in MassTLC’s collection of Juneteenth Resources! Check us out under the “Articles”, “Podcasts” and “Other Resources” sections here.

The scoop on resources and tips, plus words of advice:

🕵🏾‍♀️ Interested in discovery or case studies focused on ensuring inclusive research and design? Following are a couple of excerpts from Shanae’s workshop titled “Designing Anti-Racism into Your Products”.

👩🏾‍🏫 Do you want to bring this workshop to your organization? Send an email to Shanae at for more information!

Listen in and/or watch to catch the gems we’re dropping:

🤔 Have you ever thought about how the software programs or apps we use everyday take diversity and inclusion into account? If so, tune in to Shanae’s episode of the MProper Mimi podcast titled “Vibing for More Inclusive UX”.

Listen to Shanae’s Episode

Check out the causes and initiatives we support:

🏃🏾‍♀️Nerdy Diva was a proud sponsor of the Ferguson Twilight Run on May 14th! We partnered with Black Girls Run to share tickets to the community event, which was full of fun, good vibes, and laughter.

We’re excited to meet and engage with you online:

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Well that’s all for this week. Thank you for sticking around. Talk to you soon!