LPI-Led Planetary ReaCH Project to Conduct Six Culturally Inclusive Planetary Engagement Workshops in 2023

Planetary scientists and astrobiologists (including graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, engineers, and technicians) and informal (out-of-school-time) educators are invited to apply to attend a 2023 Culturally Inclusive Planetary Engagement professional development workshop. During these workshops, scientists and educators are paired together and supported in bidirectional conversations around diversity and inclusion in engaging Black and Latinx audiences in planetary science.

Workshop participants will:

  • Explore the importance of building equitable partnerships with organizations, subject matter experts, and informal educators serving Black and Latinx audiences
  • Learn evidence-based culturally relevant authentic approaches to nurture connections with Black and Latinx individuals
  • Practice planetary science engagement approaches through a culturally inclusive lens

Following the workshop, participants lead hands-on activities during a public engagement event held in collaboration with a local youth-serving organization. In 2023, workshops will be conducted in six locations:

Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana (June 8–10, 2023)


SETI Institute, Mountain View, California (June 22–24, 2023)

Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, Florida (August 17–19, 2023)

American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York (September TBD)

Boulder, Colorado (September/October TBD)

Puerto Rico (November 2–4, 2023)


More workshop information and links to applications are available on the Planetary ReaCH website. Space in each workshop is limited to 10 planetary scientists/astrobiologists and 10 informal educators. Stipends are available for participants able to accept them.

Please direct questions to Andy Shaner at [email protected].

For more information, visit https://www.lpi.usra.edu/planetary-reach/.

Planetary Resources and Content Heroes (ReaCH) is led by the Lunar and Planetary Institute with multiple collaborating institutes and is composed of a diverse team of scientists, educators, evaluators, and diversity experts. ReaCH is supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number 80NSSC21M0003 within NASA SMD’s Science Activation portfolio.