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, lunarnextgeneration@gmail.com,  or another member of the Organizing Committee as you feel comfortable.

Elisha Jhoti

Ananya Srivastava

Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Lead


Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/DLR/Arizona State University