LPI Seeking IDEA Advisory Committee Members

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is seeking committee members for its newly-established IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility) Independent 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 action to ensure we facilitate a culture and a profession that is inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible. As a mechanism for direct community feedback and accountability, we are announcing the creation of an independent advisory committee. The goal of the advisory committee is to provide guidance on the LPI’s practices, particularly for meetings, conferences, and public and planetary community engagement activities.

We are seeking up to four committee members. Service on the committee will be supported through an honorarium. The committee is expected to meet at least twice a year to provide community feedback on LPI-organized activities, but more meetings may occur in response to events or specific requests.

To apply, please submit a cover letter (up to two pages) and a brief CV (up to two pages) highlighting your experience and interest in supporting IDEA practices to Cynthia Svambera (csvambera@usra.edu), the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) HR business partner at LPI, by Friday, October 8.

The LPI is a multi-disciplinary institution that includes experts in planetary science and astrobiology, education and public engagement, communication, event hosting, and much more. Applications from individuals with experience in advocating for IDEA and allyship and from those that reflect the broad community at the LPI are encouraged to apply. Due to the private nature of committee discussions, all members must sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).

The LPI’s mission is to advance understanding of the solar system by providing exceptional science, service, and inspiration to the world. The LPI is operated by the Universities Space Research Association under a cooperative agreement with the Science Mission Directorate of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. To learn more, visit https://www.lpi.usra.edu/about/.