The Rubin Observatory is a large multinational organization whose mission is to build and operate the Legacy Survey of Space and Time, the largest optical survey of the night sky. Rubin's community (both staff and scientific) are drawn from a broad range of cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. Building and maintaining an open, respectful and inclusive community is a core value for Rubin and critical to its success. We, as an organization, are committed to providing an inclusive, safe, and productive environment for all team members and to all participants in any workshop, field testing, meeting, or event hosted or managed by Rubin Observatory. As we move from construction into commissioning and operations the challenges that we will face in maintaining an open and inclusive community will grow due to the pressures of work. This document is to provide a framework and a set of best practices for team members to help guide how we communicate in meetings, through email, and over Slack. We emphasize the importance of balancing our professional and personal lives in order to improve our physical, emotional well being. The recommendations are aimed at all members of the Rubin team.
Respect: At Rubin Observatory, we honor all viewpoints and new ideas as opportunities for discussion and learning, and therefore it is essential to treat others with respect, even in case of disagreement. Individual differences in background and perspective bring new ideas and solutions to the success of the project.
Kindness: Kindness is crucial in the workplace to strengthen individuals’ relationships, trust, and motivation, increase support between coworkers; and empower staff to express new ideas.
Trust: Trust that people’s intentions are good. We at Rubin are all working towards a common goal of building an amazing observatory that will lead to great astronomy discovery. Mutual trust is based on honest behaviors and will lead to a more inclusive workplace environment.
Honesty: We encourage honesty and open communication between employers, employees, and co-workers. It leads to effective relationships in an organization. It is important to keep our workplace free of rumors, negativity, and dishonesty.
Diversity: We at Rubin need to recognize and acknowledge people's differences to welcome new ideas and increase innovation and creativity. This can’t be achieved without respect.
Inclusion: All these elements allow for a more inclusive and welcoming workplace.
Avoid sending slack messages out-of hours (if you are working irregular/non-business hours, there is an arrow to the right of the “send” button that allows you to send the message later.)
Financial support for Rubin Observatory 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 Rubin Observatory 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 the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) 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 Rubin Observatory in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.
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