Encouraging Diversity and Inclusion
AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broadens participation, and encourages the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce.
AURA is committed to the people that support our mission to advance astronomy and related sciences. We are deeply invested in developing and improving our policies and practices to create a welcoming and productive work environment. AURA believes that a diverse and inclusive workforce, particularly one that includes women and individuals from under-represented minority groups, contributes to excellence both in our organization and in the scientific community as a whole.
Equity and Inclusion Council
The members of the Equity and Inclusion Council will serve in their roles until July 2022.
Ameerah McBride, Chief Diversity Officer ex officio
Catherine Riggs, Database Engineer, Space Telescope Science Institute
William Van Dyke (Van) Dixon, Branch Manager, Space Telescope Science Institute
Niles Oien, Scientific Programmer, National Solar Observatory
Stacey Sueoka, Senior Engineer, National Solar Observatory
Jocelyn Ferrara, Science Operations Specialist, NOIRLab, Gemini North
Christopher Montgomery, Training Coordinator, NOIRLab, Rubin Project Office
Leonor Opazo, Outreach Manager, NOIRLab, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory
Alysha Shugart, Science Operations Specialist, NOIRLab, Gemini South
Sarah Jaeggli, Assistant Astronomer, NSO
Scarlin Hernandez, Spacecraft Engineer, STScI
Carolyn Watkins, Business Manager, NSO
Yura Monsanto, Head of HR South, AURA-O
Marvin Harris, Sr. HR Generalist, STScI
Dana Lehr, Vice President for Programs