IDEA in Action

As you read this, think about who is in your organization, your department, and those who you closely collaborate with. Then ask yourself who is missing from the conversation and who are you listening to? Are you thinking about and acknowledging the hardships faced by different people in your group, and are you working with […]
 
A 2021 survey of planetary scientists conducted by the Planetary Resources and Content Heroes (ReaCH) team revealed a desire to engage more effectively with diverse communities and a need for help in learning where and how to begin. The Planetary ReaCH team, led by Andy Shaner, principal investigator and senior education specialist at the Lunar […]
 
In support of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to advance racial equity in the federal government, NASA has released its first-ever Equity Action Plan. The plan establishes key focus areas that will allow the agency to track progress toward improved diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility both internally and externally to NASA. “At NASA, all of our […]
 
The Color of Space captures the personal stories of seven current and former Black astronauts, each selected to become part of NASA’s astronaut corps and train for space missions. Current NASA astronauts Stephanie Wilson, Victor Glover, Jeanette Epps, as well as retired astronauts Leland Melvin, Bernard Harris, Robert Curbeam, and Bobby Satcher, speak about their […]
 
NASA has assigned astronaut Jessica Watkins to serve as a mission specialist on the agency’s SpaceX Crew-4 mission, the fourth crew rotation flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station, which docked on April 27, 2022. This is Watkins’ first trip to space following her selection as an astronaut in 2017. Watkins joins NASA astronauts Kjell […]
 
The Bridge Program increases opportunities for students from historically marginalized populations to obtain graduate degrees and create a network of peers, mentors, and advisers to support and serve them before, during, and after grad school. The program is open to those who have not applied to graduate school or those who applied and were not accepted. […]
 
QueerSpace is a limited series from the creators of AirSpace, featuring stories and people at the intersection of aviation, space, and LGBTQ+ history and culture. This podcast series highlights the scope and diversity of queer experiences found across human flight and space science. Episode 1:  Fly the Friendly Skies — The community built by male flight attendants […]
 
“Reimagining the Geosciences” September 7–10, 2022 Houston, Texas Come join us as we work towards developing strategies for the geoscience future. Let’s move to understand the realities associated with generating reliable and affordable energy while working towards a low-carbon existence. Register now to ensure that you are an effective part of the movement toward progress […]
 
The National GEM Consortium, a nonprofit organization working collaboratively across education and industry sectors to advance the next generation of STEM professionals, has received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) announced earlier this year by President Joe Biden. The PAESMEM award is the nation’s highest award of its kind. […]
 
SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science) is honored to receive funding from General Motors (GM) to support their initiative to work with tribal colleges and universities (TCU) and their students and faculty in STEM. “We look forward to working closely with TCU students, faculty, and administrators to build meaningful relationships and […]
 
The National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network offered an online workshop on July 19 that explored the Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) tools and resources that the NISE Network and other organizations have to offer, alongside examples from the Making Earth & Space Relevant and Inclusive Professional Learning Community. Whether you are new to DEAI work or are just […]