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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Title: Roadmap to a more Just, Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive Rubin Observatory
Abstract: This session will focus on recent efforts and actionable next steps to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Rubin Observatory Project, Science Collaborations, and broader user community. Anyone with questions or suggestions is encouraged to contact session chairs Federica Bianco and Keith Bechtol. The session organizers ask that, if you have time, to do some of the action items (below) before the session. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate regardless of whether you had time to do the pre-session activities.
Chairs: Federica Bianco and Keith Bechtol
Moderator: Andrés Plazas
Agenda: The agenda for the session includes time for individual reflection, breakout discussion, and large-group discussion.
- (5 min) Individual reflection on prompts below, in the main Zoom room
- (30 min) Breakout discussion organized by “spheres of influence”, in Zoom breakout rooms (see list below)
- (10 min) Individual and group reflection, in the main Zoom room
Goals of the Session:
- Establish a collective vision around a proposed long-term goal: maximize the number of students who self-identify as Black that pursue research involving Rubin Observatory data during the 10 years of LSST operations.
- Recognize the need for second-order change to achieve this goal, and begin the process to envision what that change would look like.
Action items to do before the session:
- Watch a short video presentation introducing the session (below).
- View this short slide deck to better understand the session goals and activities.
- Fill out this Google form by 23:59 PDT Thursday 13 August to help us organize the breakout discussions. which will be organized by self-selected “spheres of influence” (your ability to affect change in your immediate surroundings). Please watch the short video before filling out the Google form.
- Go through the PCW week paying attention to the interactions within your Rubin community. Try to identify obstacles to inclusion and equity, and reflect on the ways in which our current culture is exclusionary.
- Read the chapter titled "A Call to Action" from the TEAM-UP Report, which motivates the need for deeper cultural change in our institutions.
- Read a primer on the “Theory of Change” process. We aim to take the first steps in this process on Friday: articulate the long-term goal and identify pre-conditions.
- Join the Slack channel for this session.
Breakout Discussion Zoom Rooms by Spheres of Influence
Join the Main Zoom Room at 9am PDT for an introduction. The session chairs will direct you to switch to one of these breakout rooms when it is time for discussion.
- A. Admissions and Hiring -- Join Zoom Meeting
- B. Outreach and Communication -- Join Zoom Meeting
- C. Science Prioritization -- Join Zoom Meeting
- D. Meetings -- Join Zoom Meeting
- E. Classroom Education -- Join Zoom Meeting
- F. Students -- Join Zoom Meeting
- G. Workplace Interactions -- Join Zoom Meeting
- H. Broader Impacts -- Join Zoom Meeting
- I. Other -- Join Zoom Meeting
Other resources: (many collected and/or created by Rubin Observatory colleagues)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQDzeDuCLLs (Dara Norman’s AAS plenary talk)
Explicit List of all Zoom Rooms
- Main Zoom Room -- https://stanford.zoom.us/j/
98832453445?pwd= OENTRlBrWGQ5VlNFWnRmeXJSWlZWZz 09
- A. Admissions and Hiring -- https://stanford.zoom.us/j/91694983384?pwd=UzNKbmZxc2g2b3RBL0ZyakVma2QyZz09
- B. Outreach and Com. -- https://stanford.zoom.us/j/96606995964?pwd=N2FRWXZDbjRjNWE5MktRdTNqQkNaQT09
- C. Science Prioritization -- https://stanford.zoom.us/j/98864059902?pwd=Q3MraVVXYzNNM3o1WEJQUTlQYVY4dz09
- D. Meetings -- https://stanford.zoom.us/j/91682976478?pwd=blBHSXNxREo5T1owaTJyUkV3ZEJlZz09
- E. Classroom Education -- https://stanford.zoom.us/j/94234429691?pwd=T0hxVVVQZXc1dUhOMXdTa2FoMU1CQT09
- F. Students -- https://stanford.zoom.us/j/93939878809?pwd=M0lyMXFpT1JxZkJpMm5LU0hDdzJvQT09
- G. Workplace Interactions -- https://stanford.zoom.us/j/92935817543?pwd=TTBTWlpUekFUeEhvUGMzVGd2aXhVZz09
- H. Broader Impacts -- https://stanford.zoom.us/j/95374162348?pwd=WE5RYlJhNGJEU2Vwb3dZYUxMZm9VQT09
- I. Other -- https://stanford.zoom.us/j/95480635527?pwd=UUNZek4xaDhJQzRxQlVKT1pLS3ovUT09
Financial support for LSST comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded LSST Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). The DOE-funded effort to build the LSST camera is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
NSF and DOE will continue to support LSST in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.