Category Archives: Inclusive Astronomy

Inclusive Astronomy Meeting Notes

Recent Meeting Notes 11/16/17:  Discussion was focused on the CIE medium and long-term goals.  Many of the goals covered by these sections are either already in place at the institutional level or are not something easily affected by department or student-level authority (e.g. “Provide three to six months of paid parental leave at all career…
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Unconscious Bias

Astronomers know all about bias. We learn to anticipate and correct for biased samples and surveys early in our careers. For instance, when we started finding exoplanets, most of them were Hot Jupiters. Did we conclude that all exoplanets are actually Hot Jupiters? Of course not. In much the same way, individuals have biases, and…
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Inclusive Astronomy Achievements

Recently, we have been reading over the Nashville Recommendations and are exploring ways we can implement these recommendations in our department. Department Presentations On March 9, 2015 our group gave a Pizza Lunch presentation to the department describing the status of underrepresented groups in astronomy, and all STEM fields, and detailed some of the issues working against the success…
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Confidence

Our group spent several meetings discussing confidence and Katty Kay and Claire Shipman’s article in The Atlantic titled “The Confidence Gap”. You may ask, if I am smart and good at my job, why does my confidence matter? “Confidence is the stuff that turns thoughts into action” Richard Petty, Ohio State University [1] Confidence is…
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Impostor Syndrome

Many people working in high pressure fields have felt that they were inadequate and undeserving of their success at some point in their career. This feeling is particularly strong among students in STEM fields. In 1985, psychologist Dr. Gail Matthews of the Dominican College in California found that approximately 70% of all people have suffered…
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Microagressions

The term microaggressions refers to “the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership” (Derald Wing Sue). Taken in isolation they may not seem like a big deal, but over time microaggressions have…
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