Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Diversity & Inclusion events at the AAS Meeting in Denver

Please join the CSWA at the 232nd AAS meeting in Denver, CO, June 3-7, starting this coming weekend! Here are a few sessions with CSWA support and/or participation, and diversity/inclusion meeting events of general interest.

1. "Student Reception: Orientation & Grad School Fair and Student Pavilion", Sunday June 3, 5:30 - 7 PM, Governor's Square 15. Please encourage your students (undergraduate and graduate), and junior professionals to attend and network with their peers and mentors. Feel free to join us and the AAS in advertising this on Facebook, Twitter and via direct emails to undergraduates and Junior Members, using the hashtag #AAS232. CSWA member Aparna Venkatesan will be at the CSMA table at this event so please stop by for any information.

2. Special Session on AAS Taskforce on Diversity and Inclusion in Astronomy Graduate Education, Monday June 4,  10:40-12:10, Governor's Square 16. The AAS Board of Trustees has undertaken a 2-stage effort to update the 1996 report on graduate education. The recommendations will include the collection of vital data, a menu of evidence-based approaches related to recruitment and enrollment of talented and diverse graduate students, and practices leading to broadly successful graduation rates. The task force is hosting a special session to provide an opportunity for discussion and input by the larger community. Click here for an overview on the AAS Grad Education Diversity Taskforce:

3. Special Session on Indigenous Knowledge in 21st Century Science,  Tuesday June 5, 10:40-12:10, Governor's Square 16. This session is sponsored by the CSMA and CSWA, with confirmed speakers Dr. Nancy Maryboy (Indigenous Education Institute, and University of Washington), Dr. David Begay (Indigenous Education Institute, and University of New Mexico), Dr. Isabel Hawkins (San Francisco Exploratorium), and Ka'iu Kimura ('Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i). The session will begin with taking a moment to honor Dr. Paul Coleman (University of HawaiĘ»i Institute for Astronomy). Dr. Coleman was the first Native Hawaiian with a doctorate in astrophysics. He passed away at his home on January 16th, 2018.

4. Special Session on Decadal Survey Preparations: State of the Profession, Wed. June 6,  10:40-12:10, Governor's Square 10. Confirmed speakers and topics are:

Dara Norman - Session Intro and Progress on White papers from the Demographic Hack Session at Women in Astronomy IV
Aparna Venkatesan - Impact of harassment/racism on retention and health
Nancy Morrison - White Papers Emerging from Women in Astronomy IV
Lisa Hunter/Nicholas McConnell - Developing a diverse and inclusive workforce in astronomy
Kim Coble - Recommendations from Inclusive Astronomy
Alex Rudolph - The AAS Taskforce on Diversity and Inclusion in Graduate Education

Evening sessions of interest:

CSWA Priorities in the 2020’s:  Monday June 4, 6 - 7:30 pm, Plaza Court 3

Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Minorities (SGMA) Meet & Greet for LGBTQIA members and students, Monday June 4, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Plaza Court 7

CSWA's Drafting 'State of the Profession' White Papers:  Tuesday June 5, 6 - 7:30 pm, Plaza Court 3