IDEA in Action

Inclusion is a core NASA value, as described in the NASA policy statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA). Additionally, Strategy 4.1 of “Science 2020-2024: A Vision for Scientific Excellence” states that NASA should “increase the diversity of thought and backgrounds represented across the entire SMD portfolio through a more inclusive environment.” In keeping with […]
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) supports a prize program at the annual meeting of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP): The Beth Brown Memorial Awards. The awards honor the memory of a vigorous and engaged young astronomer who passed away at age 39 from a pulmonary embolism. Beth Brown earned her bachelor’s degree from Howard University […]
The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) awarded 110 graduate and undergraduate students from historically excluded communities for their research and presentation skills at 2022 SACNAS — The National Diversity in STEM Conference held in Puerto Rico on October 27–29, 2022. Student research presentations help equip young researchers with […]
If STEM careers offer premier growth and earnings, what are the barriers to working in STEM? For one, most STEM careers require a college degree. On top of that, women face unique obstacles when pursuing STEM careers. Although women’s representation in STEM has increased dramatically since 1970, those strides have leveled off in recent years. […]
The 2023 GEM Annual Board Meeting and Conference will be held September 14–16, 2023, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The GEM Annual Conference provides a wealth of resources for everyone: networking opportunities, career options and coaching, information on innovations and advancements in STEM, and the many benefits of being a part of the GEM family. The annual […]
In October 2022, InterEngineering and the Royal Academy of Engineering hosted the second LGBTQ+ in Engineering Summit. The aim of the day was to analyze insights from the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Inclusive Cultures survey, the largest collation of insights into culture, inclusion, and diversity for LGBTQ+ engineers to have ever existed. The day was […]
To celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, 2022, Nature Reviews Earth & Environment published a series of opinion articles by geoscientists with disabilities, who outline their reflections on some of the challenges the community faces and offer solutions to make the Earth sciences a more inclusive space. Flexible fieldwork — […]
Although women ages 25 and older now represent a majority of the college-educated workforce in the U.S., they still trail men in many of the STEM fields, particularly in engineering and computing jobs. Sabrina Thompson is hoping to change that. The 37-year-old aerospace engineer is also the CEO and founder of Girl in Space Club. The direct-to-consumer fashion brand […]
South African astronomer Tana Joseph is passionate about making it possible for more people to look to the stars. In an article recently published with The Wellcome Collection, she explains the harms of colonial views of space and how indigenous perspectives are important not only for the well-being of scientists from diverse backgrounds but for […]