Diversity ADVOCATE, NRAO:  I believe that National laboratories like NRAO should play a key role in recruiting, training and creating the next generation of scientists and engineers from all backgrounds.  I believe that diverse viewpoints, differing paradigms and different approaches to problem solving can lead to tremendous innovation and progress, not just in the sciences but also in the broader society.  I believe that broadening participation and improving diversity at NRAO are central to NRAO’s mission  of providing the best radio telescope facilities, fostering the next generation of scientists and engineers and helping build a more scientifically literate community.  For more information on NRAO’s diversity efforts click here.

Some of my key efforts at NRAO are directed as follows:

  1. Bullet Help develop a vibrant astronomy program at Howard University, a HBCU in Washington, DC.

  2. Bullet Recruit students for our summer REU program to build a pipeline for future astronomers, physicists and engineers

  3. Bullet Participate in NSBP and SACNAS meetings to inform community of NRAO facilities & career opportunities

  4. Bullet Provide professional development training to NRAO summer students

  5. Bullet Implement a “Faculty Bridges” program in South Africa (and ultimately in other parts of Africa) & partner in co-mentoring students interested in radio astronomy.

  6. Bullet Help design and implement diversity training, impart information on topics such as unconscious bias, etc.

2011 REU Professional  Development Dinner at my house

2012 Howard summer interns w/ myself, F. Giles & Aaron Evans.