Advocacy

SAS and its officers believe that Astronomy is best when it is accessible to all, and inclusive of all. Through advocacy efforts we aim to create the most inclusive, diverse, and equitable spaces as possible for our members and our community at large. This page contains diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) related resources, anonymous and non-anonymous methods for making reports to the SAS Advocacy Chair, as well as information about advocacy-related activities and events.

"Astronomy is For Everyone" is a campaign spearheaded by the University of Michigan Department of Astronomy. Check out the Astro DEI website here.

Reporting

If you feel that we could be doing anything better as a club, or if you've experienced something that you'd like to see addressed by the SAS Advocacy Chair, we encourage you to fill out either our anonymous or non-anonymous reporting form. We aim to provide a community which is safe for all. If you experience anything which makes you feel unsafe or excluded in any way, we hope that you'll feel comfortable letting us know so that we can address your concern(s) in a way which works best for you! No experience is too small or insignificant, and we value any and all reports we receive.

Please note that these forms are not an official University of Michigan or Department of Astronomy reporting mechanism. Formal reports can be made through the Astronomy Department by using a reporting box located by the Astronomy mailboxes on the third floor of West Hall.

Advocacy Hours

Advocacy hours are essentially the advocacy chair's "office hours", where they are available for community members to come to them in person for any form of support. Forms of support can look very different for different people. Advocacy hours activities may include just chatting about your day, discussing a specific concern about campus life/classes/SAS etc, doing a chill craft, or just having a quiet and relaxing space to spend time in. Advocacy hours are for everyone, and your chair hopes that you'll stop by and say hi :)

*Fall 2019 Hours TBD*

Meet your Advocacy Chair

Hi, my name is Deryl Long (she/her) and I'm the SAS Advocacy Chair for the 2019-20 school year! I'm a fourth year student studying Astrophysics with a minor in Gender, Race, and Nation (Women's Studies). My ultimate goal as advocacy chair is to make SAS an empowering and fun organization for any and all people with interests in astronomy. This means making sure every voice is heard, addressing the concerns of our community members, planning events and activities which are exciting and accessible, and of course, making bumping playlists for events. If you're new to SAS or we haven't met yet, please come say hi at one of our meetings or come to my advocacy hours!