Inclusive Astronomy Meeting Notes

Recent Meeting Notes

09/28/18: Began discussion of Chapter 2 of the LGBT+ Inclusivity Guide, finished with Section 2.3.2.  It was brought up that we may want to give a spiel about our IA group to the undergraduate astronomy club, and the plan is to inform them at their next meeting (10/02) that it will be on the agenda and to give said spiel on 10/09.  Content of the spiel has yet to be decided. Many items in Guide sections 2-2.3.2 are already addressed at NMSU, but it was mentioned that we should perhaps standardize the pre-course survey used by many TAs and faculty and ensure that results are being made available to TAs on Canvas. Further, the planned TA bootcamp should cover suggested syllabus material for labs. Lastly, an anonymous “Suggestions” form of sorts should be added to the NMSU astronomy site so that people can anonymously draw attention to any issues they may be experiencing.  Caitlin will have a draft prepared for the next meeting.  Action items: Read remainder of Chapter 2 of the Guide. – CCD

09/13/18: David DeColibus led this meeting. We discussed the first half of section 1.4 of the LGBT+ Inclusivity Guide, and Jodi presented a draft of an “inclusivity” flyer to post around the department. We considered the use of the rainbow flag in the flyer and how to make it clear that inclusivity includes minorities other than just LGBT+ people; we proposed the use of the rainbow flag with the black/brown stripes. We also reaffirmed our intent to lead a Safe Zone training this academic year, and discussed the possibility of a designated ‘diversity liaison’ faculty member or committee. Sean suggested an anonymous comment box or website form as an alternative. Additionally, we revisited the topic of gender-neutral bathrooms; currently, the closest gender-neutral bathroom is in the Biology Annex. It is also noted that the upstairs bathrooms in the Astronomy building are not ADA-accessible. Next week we will continue discussing section 1.4.

08/30/18:  Honorable Drudge Caitlin (CCD) presiding. Group discussed Sections 1.1 and 1.2 of the LGBT+ Inclusivity Guide, getting up to subsection 1.2.3. Noted that we can help normalize the declaration of pronouns by including them in our email signatures and on our department webpages and are considering encouraging their use at AGSO. Discussion of setting up another Safe Zone training or another pizza lunch at the end of the academic year, fulfilling one of our commitments in the Nashville Recommendations. Also considering making a quick-reference sheet for choosing inclusive language, started by Minje (see working draft here). Action items: Read document up through Section 1.3, and be prepared to discuss remainder of 1.2 and entire 1.3 next week.

08/23/18:  At the first meeting of the new academic year, we began with a brief introduction of the group itself and discussed our motivations for joining the group and what we hope to accomplish in the future. Accessibility to the campus observatory was revisited, and we discussed how the gate code would be distributed and whether there was anything the university could do to ensure the domes are ADA compliant. We began introducing the LGBT+ Inclusivity Best Practices Guide and agreed to read through chapter 1.2 for next week’s meeting.

Meeting notes from 10/05/17 through 05/03/18 have been migrated to this Google Doc.


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