Department Life

The LPL community is committed to creating a working environment that is safe, welcoming, and inclusive for all.

The Lunar and Planetary Laboratory strives to address inherent problems that exist within
planetary science and academia in general.

LPL is at the forefront of planetary and space sciences, and as such must stand as an ally to and in solidarity with its community members regardless of sex, race, age, national origin, immigration status, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, intellectual and physical ability, income, faith and non-faith perspectives, socio-economic class, political ideology, education, primary language, family status, military experience, cognitive style, and communication style, and all people who intersect these groups. We strongly believe that the science and knowledge we pursue every day is not only a human pursuit, but also strengthened through the participation of these historically minoritized groups.

All of us in planetary science must recognize that past practices in STEM fields have not been welcoming or encouraging to these groups. To move forward, we must all actively engage in counteracting the ongoing issues these groups face within our field.

To help raise awareness, provide resources, and produce an accessible platform for these problems, we developed the Department Life Committee (DLC). The DLC exists as an important resource for anybody in the department who is experiencing problems at LPL, regardless of employment status or the nature of challenges. It is also a platform from which to gain access to UA and community resources, information, and training on how to be an ally, bystander intervention, and safespace training. Updates will be ongoing, as our awareness and actions to address these problems evolve.

If there are problems

If you believe you have been discriminated against (see Non-Discrimination Policies), contact these individuals and offices.

Ally Development

An ally in academia is someone who actively moves against issues that disadvantage women and other minority groups.

Resources on Equity Issues

Tests, readings, and definitions relating to equity.


The Planetary Agender, Non-binary, womEn and Trans Scientists & Staff (PLANETS-LPL) group provides a platform to socialize, network, discuss challenges encountered in careers in planetary science as well as equity issues and share information on opportunities and events focused on people with gender identities that are underrepresented, minoritized or marginalized within science.

Allyship Auxiliary

The LPL Allyship Auxiliary originated as a group of grad students who recognize that women expend a significant amount of time and emotional labor on gender diversity and equity issues, while men do not due to the societal and patriarchal structure supporting us.

Other Resources

A non-exhaustive list meant to give an overview of campus organizations as well as local and nationwide groups aimed at supporting individuals from underrepresented groups at the university, in academia and in STEM fields.