Steward Observatory Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative
Our goal is to create a more equitable department by implementing actionable changes (i.e., surveys, mentoring groups, data collection, written recommendations, etc) through five major task forces:
Recruiting and Retention
Task Force Overview
Evaluating current training for the admissions and hiring committees and making recommendations for future trainings.
Identifying and removing barriers in the application process and making recommendations at the department and university level.
Promoting and advocating for applicants from under-represented backgrounds.
Promoting efforts for inclusion at Steward Observatory.
Building lasting structures within the department that can continuously advocate for groups within the department.
Supporting a safe and inclusive environment for all.
Facilitating the transition of incoming international scholars to their new life in Tucson.
Provide a support network for international scholars at all stages of their trajectory.
Fostering intercultural dialogue and strengthening mutual understanding and respect within the Steward Observatory community.
Identifying ways to increase support and retention of URM groups once they become a part of our organization through to graduation and beyond. Effective mentoring practices is one important/effective way to accomplish this.
Looking to improve mentoring for URM retention improves mentoring for all students of all identities.
Recruiting & Retention:
Encouraging students from under-represented backgrounds (including Black, Hispanic, Indigenous, International, LGBTQ+, and Veteran) to apply to the Astronomy Department and other STEM departments at UArizona.
Supporting current students at UArizona so that they can continue their STEM journey with a reduced number of obstacles.