Inclusive Astronomy Activities

Department Presentations

Annual Inclusive Astronomy introduction colloquium at the start of each academic year to reintroduce our group and activities to our department and incoming graduate students. 

Facilitation of disscussion of Urgent Issue documents during Friday astro-ph slots focusing on cultural, societal, and enviromental issues. 

Several Pizza Lunch presentations to the department including one which described the status of underrepresented groups in astronomy, and all STEM fields, and detailed some of the issues working against the success of these groups. 

In March 2016 the astronomy department provided support for the J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium at NMSU on Social Justice for LGBTQ* Identities in the Borderland.

Training and Workshops

Inclusive Astronomy facilitates trainings and workshops for the Astronomy Department at NMSU. Inclusive Astronomy works with faculty in the Astronomy Department, as well as other offices at NMSU, to create connections and foster a sense of community in the department and on campus. 

Examples of this include Safe Zone training, workshops and meetings with people from the Office of Institutional Equity, as well as the Vice President of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity at NMSU. 

Support Resources

Inclusive Astronomy meets weekly during the academic year in a hybrid format. These meetings are open to all members of the Astronomy Department, including students, faculty, staff, and department visitors!

We have implemented an Incoming Graduate Student Buddy System which pairs an experienced graduate student with an incoming graduate student to provide assistance and advice for acclimating to the department, NMSU, Las Cruces, etc.

Learning Accessibility

We have been exploring ways to reach out to our undergraduates and help them more easily access the information in their astronomy courses. Implemented improvements include creating an undergraduate mentoring program headed by two AGSO officers in collaboration with the faculty committees.  

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