Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) at the LPI

 

LPI’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Advisory Committee

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 take actions to ensure we facilitate a culture and a profession that is inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible (IDEA). As a mechanism for direct community feedback and accountability, we have formed an IDEA advisory committee. The goal of the LPI IDEA Advisory Committee is to provide guidance to the LPI on its institutional practices in order to foster an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible environment at LPI organized activities, such as meetings, conferences, public and planetary community engagement activities (e.g., scientist engagement efforts, internships, early career development programming), including community engagement forums (e.g., social media, newsletters, publications, and websites).

The advisory committee is primarily composed of external community members and two LPI staff members. The committee reports to the LPI director and provides findings and recommendations on specific topics, such as the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. In support of transparency, the committee’s recommendations along with LPI’s responses and progress towards those activities is provided below.

Committee Members

Kathleen Vander Kaaden
Kathleen Vander Kaaden

(she/her)

Committee Lead

Program Manager
NASA Headquarters

Edgard G. Rivera-Valentín
Edgard G. Rivera-Valentín

(they/them)

Committee Co-Lead

Senior Staff Scientist
Lunar and Planetary Institute (USRA)

Benita Bell
Benita Bell

(she/her)

Committee Member

Research Scientist
Morgan State University
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Kat Gardner-Vandy
Kat Gardner-Vandy

(she/her)

Committee Member

Assistant Professor
Oklahoma State University
Citizen of Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Jerrell Jones
Jerrell Jones

(he/him)

Committee Member

Digitization Lab Manager
University of Houston Libraries

Rhiannon Mayne
Rhiannon Mayne

(she/her)

Committee Member

Oscar and Juanita Monnig Endowed Chair of Meteoritics and Planetary Science
Texas Christian University

Christine Shupla
Christine Shupla

(she/her)

Committee Member

Education and Public Engagement Manager
Lunar and Planetary Institute (USRA)

Recommendations Progress Tracking

The committee held its first meeting on January 14, 2022, on the topic of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Their recommendations will be made available soon.

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