Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) at the LPI
Service is at the heart of the LPI’s mission. As we support and serve members of our diverse planetary science community, we want to assure you that we take seriously our responsibility to provide and promote an inclusive, open, safe, accessible, and respectful environment in which we can all work together to achieve our dreams in space exploration and research. To illustrate our commitment and build upon our culture of service, we are pleased to announce an initiative focusing on actions to promote Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) at the LPI, consistent with USRA’s commitment, and within our community.
- Listening to and learning from our community to identify and address biases, racism, and exclusionary practices; support underrepresented groups; and promote accessibility
- Assessing our practices to remove barriers to inclusion at the LPI and throughout our professional sphere
- Strengthening our own internal training in these areas, learning from our peers, and bringing in IDEA experts to expand our understanding through invited speakers, seminars, and discussions
- Making changes to the USRA meeting portal to ensure that our use of your identity (e.g., names and personal gender pronouns) is inclusive, respectful, and consistent with our IDEA policy and best practices
- Creating an independent advisory committee to examine our past practices and guide us to improve our support of the community going forward
- Fostering new community workshops and discussions on IDEA topics (e.g., working closely with other NASA-sponsored working groups and scientific and technical professional societies) to promote best practices in inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in the planetary sciences
USRA Meeting Portal Modifications
The meeting portal is a critical part of the LPI’s support of workshops, meetings, and conferences. Behind the scenes, we continuously look for ways to improve this flexible tool to meet the evolving needs of the planetary science and exploration community. To address the identity concerns brought to our attention this year and in the spirit of continuous improvement, we are pleased to share plans to modify this tool to follow best practices that support inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. Although the changes we plan will be implemented over time, milestones and helpful information will be posted to this page as we continue to make progress. Please check back here often for updates and share your ideas and feedback.
Updates to profile naming conventions to allow for free-form field inputs
Updates to the anti-harassment agreement
Opportunities to modify identity information in user profiles and include personal gender pronouns
Improvements to features used by program committees and session chairs that support consistent use of profile information
Updates to the look and feel of the user interface to improve accessibility and ease of use