Final Report of the 2018 AAS Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion in Astronomy Graduate Education

Author: Alexander L. Rudolph* , Gibor Basri , Marcel Agüeros , Ed Bertschinger , Kim Coble , Megan Donahue , Rachel L Ivie , Jackie Monkiewicz , Christine Pfund , Julie Posselt , Angela Speck , Keivan Stassun

Description:

The AAS Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion in Astronomy Graduate Education has completed its final report, and the AAS Board of Trustees has voted to endorse it. The Task Force presented its findings at a plenary held at the AAS 233rd meeting in Seattle. The main report begins with an Executive Summary which highlights the recommendations of the Task Force both to departments and to the AAS. The remainder of the main report has sections on each of the categories of recommendations with details about each recommendation, including both practical steps a department can take to implement the recommendation, as well as providing the research basis for each recommendation. The Appendices (pages 32-74) provide substantially more details and resources that departments can dive into to help them implement the recommendations, as well as additional useful information. The Task Force believes this structure will allow departments to quickly grasp the main points of the report while also providing enough specific detail and resources to make this a useful handbook for change. There are additional features that make the report very user-friendly: – The Table of Contents has live hyperlinks to move to any section of the report. There is a “Back to Table of Contents” link on the bottom of every page, making it easy to return to the top to explore a new section – The report also included many live hyperlinks to outside resources that departments (and the AAS) might find useful.

Affiliation: *Corresponding author: Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA 91768

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