In any community, there is, unfortunately, the chance for discrimination, bullying, harassment, etc. This is why we are collecting stories and instances from the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) community surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is our hope that by speaking up about how #ItHappensInSTEM, we can promote awareness and help bring about structural change.
The group on Motor Disabilities of the EC Working Group on Equity and Inclusion is conducting a survey to learn about how physically accessible (or otherwise) are the institutions and astronomical facilities around the world in order to identify and look for ways to address the needs in this area.
The survey will take you only 5 minutes to complete and is available at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdw7x9Z1QiInyELCoZ5u67g269vh8NQhg3ArmMvWOTasdM8TQ/viewform
Second International Comparative List of Astronomical Terms in Sign Languages
Now the second international comparative list of astronomical terms in sign languages has been published, with signs for 86 new terms.
IAU Kickstarts Action on Equity, Inclusion and Diversity
The IAU has today published the document Springboard to Action, which outlines concrete actions that can be taken by individuals, national members, and national organisations to improve equity, inclusion and diversity in Astronomy.
IAU Statement on Racism and Discrimination
The IAU stands in solidarity with protesters worldwide, united in rejecting the racist and discriminatory behaviour that blights societies across the globe.
Hands in the Stars: The first international comparative list of astronomical words in sign languages
The compilation of 47 terms is available online here. Its main goal is to help to reflect on the differences between the various languages, perhaps even helping communities to develop their own sign if they did not yet have one for a particular term.
IAU100 Inclusive Astronomy
IAU100 Inclusive Astronomy was a yearlong, worldwide initiative to celebrate and promote inclusivity, equity, and diversity in astronomy in 2019, during the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the IAU. You can find information about the programmes, activities and resources here.
“Inspiring Stars” is an itinerant international exhibition promoted by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to highlight world initiatives that address the concept of “inclusion” at (but not limited to) outreach, didactic, and professional aspect, using astronomy. You can find information about the programmes, activities and resources here.
EC WG Website Updates: This website is updated twice per month.