Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion
NextGen Commitment to Diversity
The Next Generation Lunar Scientists and Engineers group is committed to fostering a community of early career scientists and engineers that is safe, welcoming, and inclusive to all. As the next generation of lunar exploration, we must stand in solidarity with every community member, 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. The advancement of science and engineering is strengthened with the participation of these historically marginalized groups.
We recognize that in the past, lunar exploration, planetary exploration, and more broadly science and engineering as a whole, have not been welcoming to these groups. To move forward, we must all actively engage in counteracting the ongoing issues these groups face within our field.
Code of Conduct
The Next Generation Lunar Scientists and Engineers group expects organizers and participants alike to contribute to a harassment-free environment for all. While attending a NextGen event, workshop, networking function, online forum, chat room, social media, or other NextGen related activities, organizers and participants should not engage in harassment in any form. As a group we aim to share ideas and freedom of thought and expression, and it is essential that the interactions between members within and others outside of the group take place in an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person by being respectful of all.
If you experience or notice harassment occurring at a NextGen event, forum, or other related activities, please use the points of contact below to report and address these issues.
Points of Contact
Please feel free to reach out to the points of contact below should an issue of harassment, discrimination, etc., arise at a NextGen event, at other events in the lunar community, or in the broader planetary science community. In addition to these people, you can message the NextGen email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or another member of the Organizing Committee as you feel comfortable.
Resources on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Lunar and Space Sciences
Peer-Reviewed Papers (with embedded links)
Clancy K. B. H., Lee K. M. N., Rodgers E. M., and Richey C. (2017). Double jeopardy in astronomy and planetary science: Women of color face greater risks of gendered and racial harassment. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 122: 1610–1623. PDF linked here.
Nelson R. G., Rutherford J. N., Hinde K., Clancy K. B. H. (2017). Signaling Safety: Characterizing Fieldwork Experiences and Their Implications for Career Trajectories. American Anthropologist 119: 4.
Perera V., Mead C., van der Hoeven Kraft K. J., Stanley S., Angappan R., MacKenzie S., Barik A. and Buxner S. (2021). Considering intergroup emotions to improve diversity and inclusion in the geosciences. Journal of Geoscience Education, 1-10. PDF linked here.
Richey C. R., Lee K. M. N., Rodgers E., and Clancy K. B. H. (2019). Gender and sexual minorities in astronomy and planetary science face increased risks of harassment and assault. Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society 51: 4. PDF linked here.
External Organizations' Codes of Conduct
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