Resources on Equity Issues


Tests, Readings, and Definitions

Implicit Bias Tests: Find out your implicit associations about race, gender, sexual orientation, and other topics.  A good starting point to recognize some of your unconscious biases before engaging in equity work.

An Annotated Bibliography of Recent Studies of Academic Gender Bias and Gender Discrimination

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, a seminal essay on white privilege by Peggy McIntosh

On Racism and White Privilege

Double Jeopardy in Astronomy and Planetary Science: Women of Color Face Greater Risks of Gendered and Racial Harassment,” Kathryn B. H. Clancy, Katharine M. N. Lee, Erica M. Rodgers & Christina Richey, 2017 July 10, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets. This peer-reviewed research article is open access.

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein’s writings on science, science and society, race, gender, and justice, aimed at scientists, in particular astronomers

Intent versus Impact

Inclusive Astronomy 2015 was a conference run at Vanderbuilt.  This includes recommendations and actions to make the astronomy community more diverse and inclusive, in particular, not requiring the Physics GRE for admissions.

The AstroBetter wiki has fantastic resources on a variety of subjects, from astronomical software installation to writing advice to equity/inclusion issues.

Bystander Intervention Training: Step Up! is a prosocial behavior and bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others.  LPL alum Moses Milazzo has been running bystander intervention trainings at various conferences if you can’t attend ones at the University of Arizona.

Tips for the Male Academic

How Senior Scientists Can Help Fight Against Harassment (written by two LPL alums!)

Diversity Journal Club has various channels for discussion of diversity in academia (found via Alycia Mosley Austin).

Several LPL alums are excellent resources on both science and religion, and how the two intersect, in particular Br. Guy Consolmagno (SJ).  Ask around for other names of current students, alums, and staff who can provide support on these topics.

Christina Richey (then at NASA HQ) lead two workshops at LPL in October 2016 on Problems and Solutions regarding harassment and equity issues.  Some material from her workshops follows.

Patricia M. Knezek presented a talk on Professional Culture and Climate: Addressing Unconscious Bias at the 2016 DPS conference.

Groups/Committees/Professional Organizations/Blogs

(Note that a list of many campus and local organizations can be found under Other Resources.)

The American Astronomical Society (AAS), parent organization of the Division for Planetary Sciences, has a number of committees and working groups supporting historically minoritized groups in astronomy.  They have regular meetings at AAS conferences.

Astronomy in Color

Women in Planetary Science (including dozens of interviews)

Women in Astronomy

VanguardSTEM has conversations with women of color in STEM, founded by astrophysicist Jedidah Isler.  

oSTEM - Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is a non-profit professional society focused on LGBTQ people in the STEM community.  They have a Tucson chapter.

SACNAS - Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.  They also have a Tucson chapter.

The National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists supports Black geoscientists from students to professionals in career development and networking.

The National Society of Black Physicists promote the professional well-being of African American physicists and physics students within the international scientific community and within society at large.  Has an astronomy/astrophysics section.

Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) is dedicated to career development, peer mentoring and community building for women in the geosciences.  They have meetings at AGU.  Ask around for someone to add you to their Facebook group.

Equity & Inclusion in Astronomy & Physics: Ask someone active in this space to send you the form for getting added to the Facebook group.  A tremendous resource for learning.  They have a superb list of definitions of some of the terms used on this page.

Equity & Inclusion in Geosciences: see who’ll add you to the Facebook group.

There’s a Men’s Allyship Group formed by a few alums and other senior male scientists.  They’ve had meetings at DPS since they formed in 2015, primarily discussing how they can support historically minoritized groups in planetary science and otherwise lighten the load of equity work in our fields, which often falls to white women and women of color.