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

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

Science Engagement Manager
Lunar and Planetary Institute (USRA)

Recommendations Progress Tracking

The LPI IDEA Advisory Committee met with LPI managers in January 2022 to discuss meeting planning and support, especially for LPSC 2022. Our conversation and their resulting report led to several actions by the LPI that were prioritized for implementation in 2022 and 2023 and beyond.

LPI Actions Completed (LPSC 2022 and Other Meetings)

  • Physical and online accessibility
  • Wi-Fi bandwidth
  • Support for Underrepresented Minority (URM) groups
  • Balancing IDEA prioritization with science
  • An update to the LPI Code of Conduct

LPI Actions under Investigation (LPSC 2023+ and Other Meetings)

  • Indigenous land acknowledgements
  • Training in biases and inclusion for LPSC program committee members
  • LPSC location and community polling
  • Demographic data collection

Additional LPI IDEA Advisory Committee meetings are planned for later in 2022.


Reference:

Vander Kaaden, K.E., Rivera-Valentine, E.G., Bell, B., Gardner-Vandy, K., Jones, J., Mayne, R., Shupla (2022) The Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Independent Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Advisory Committee, Advancing IDEA Conference, abstract 2017.

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