What we're about


R-Ladies is a worldwide organization whose mission is to promote gender diversity in the open-source R community.

Who we are/What we do:

R-Ladies East Lansing is a local chapter of R-Ladies Global. We meet to discuss, learn, teach, present, work on all things R! Our priority is to provide a safe community space for anyone identifying as a minority gender who is interested in and/or working with R. The group exists to promote gender diversity in the R community worldwide. We are pro-actively inclusive of queer, trans, and all minority identities, with additional sensitivity to intersectional identities.

Who could join?

R-Ladies East Lansing welcomes members of all R proficiency levels, whether you are a new or aspiring R user, or an experienced R programmer interested in mentoring, networking & expert upskilling. Our non-profit, civil society community is designed to develop our members' R skills & knowledge through social, collaborative learning & sharing. Supporting minority identity access to STEM skills & careers, the Free Software Movement, and contributing to the global R community!

Anyone and everyone interested in R/Data Science should join our group and participate/contribute in any way you can, be they learners, teachers, developers or innovators! We encourage women and minority genders to present/lead most sessions, conversations but we have no restrictions whatsoever when it comes to membership, participation, and discussions. So, please join us and bring your R-family & R-friends!

How to be in touch:

You can access our presentations, R scripts and more on our Github account and follow us on twitter to stay up to date about R-Ladies news! Here are some useful links:

R-Ladies East Lansing

• Meetup (here): https://www.meetup.com/rladies-east-lansing/

• Website: https://rladies-eastlansing.github.io

• GitHub: https://github.com/rladies-eastlansing

• Twitter: @RLadiesELansing (http://twitter.com/RLadiesELansing)

• Slack: https://rladies-eastlansing.slack.com (https://rladies-eastlansing.slack.com/)

• E-mail: eastlansing [at] rladies [dot] org; info [at] rladies [dot] org

• Organizers: Janani Ravi and Camille Archer

R-Ladies Global

• Website: https://www.rladies.org (https://www.rladies.org/)

• Github: https://github.com/rladies

• Twitter: @RLadiesGlobal (http://twitter.com/RLadiesGlobal)


Free. As a founding principle, there is no cost or charge to participate in any of our R-Ladies communities around the world.


Please read our Code of Conduct: https://rladies.org/code-of-conduct/

Full community guidelines are found here: https://github.com/rladies/starter-kit/wiki


Photos, Films and all other media/recordings:

Photos, Films, and all other media/recordings: photographs and/or video/other media will be taken at events held by this community. By taking part in an R-Ladies East Lansing event you grant the community organizers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming/media, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for publicity, fundraising or other purposes to help achieve the community’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications. If you do not wish to be recorded in these media please inform a community organizer.

Upcoming events (2)

Fun w/ R

Online event

R-Ladies East Lansing and R-Ladies Chicago are co-hosting "Fun with R," where members share fun R packages! Talks can include topics such as chess w/ R, music w/ R, Rcade games, and other fun packages.

Register to receive the event Zoom link
Spring 2021 RLEL/RLC event registration link:

- Intro
- Lightning Talks by:

🎵Andrea Sanchez-Tapia on sambaR

Andrea will present her package, sambaR. sambaR is a simple R package that downloads song lyrics from the Genius database and translates them into the language of your choice using functions from packages genius and googleLanguageR. It has a built-in shiny app and saves results to a disk. It was written to show sambas to our English and Spanish-speaking friends, and a way to practice package writing and shiny, and to learn about APIs.

🎉Stephanie Hickey on BRRR (by Brooke Watson Madubuonwu)

“Have you ever wanted to know - and celebrate - when your scripts are finally done running in R? Have you ever been so proud of pulling off a tricky bit of code that you wanted Flavor Flav to yell "yeaaahhhh, boi!!" as soon as it successfully completes? Have you ever gotten an error message that felt like DJ Khaled yelling, "They don't wanna see us win!" Probably not, but you might now. And with BRRR, you can.”

🗺️Kayla Johnson on personalized map art

Map art makes beautiful posters. You can find them all over the internet and buy them even framed for your favorite city, area or country. In this tutorial, inspired by Esteban Moro’s “Personal Art Map with R”, you’ll learn how to create those street maps for your city.

♟️Sneha Sundar on chess (by Niklas Fiekas)

Sneha will present the chess package. chess is a wrapper for R around python-chess, an amazing library created by Niklas Fiekas. It allows users to read and write PGN files as well as create and explore game trees such as the ones seen in chess books.

- Q&A | Discussion


RLadies+ feat. useR! meetup

Online event

This year useR! (https://user2021.r-project.org/) will be a global and entirely remote conference. One of the main goals is to encourage the participation of diverse people (considering diversity in all its forms and all its intersectionalities). The useR! global team is committed to providing inclusive and accessible spaces during the conference, along with extensive waivers, events in different languages (English, Spanish, and French), real-time English captions, and events across different time zones.

In this meetup, you will have the opportunity to meet RLadies+ from all over the globe. Our panelists will share their useR! experiences to inspire people with different backgrounds, occupations, and paths to participate in this year’s conference. The meetup will be trilingual with a few spots per organizing chapter.

Come join us!

- Welcome + Intro
- Panel discussion with:
- Janani Ravi (East Lansing)
- Jonelle Villar (Bergen)
- Haifa Ben Messaoud (Tunis)
- Beatriz Milz (São Paulo)
- Zulemma Bazurto Blacio (Guayaquil)
- Pre-prepared questions
- Questions from the audience

See you soon at useR!

Co-organizing chapters
- R-Ladies+ Vitória
- RLadies+ Bangalore
- RLadies+ Tunis
- RLadies+ East Lansing
- RLadies+ Guayaquil
- RLadies+ Santa Rosa
- RLadies+ Cuernavaca
- RLadies+ Den Bosch

Past events (28)

R-package development

Online event

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