[ASA] Reminder - Proposal to change ASA Women in Astronomy Chapter remit
sarah.brough at aao.gov.au
Thu Jun 11 11:12:32 AEST 2015
If you haven't had a chance to complete the survey polling ASA members
on our proposal to change the ASA Women in Astronomy Chapter remit
(https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B33QPJ6) then please be reminded that it
will close this weekend Sunday June 14th,
The ASA Women in Astronomy Chapter has made significant headway in
representing the women in the Australian community.However, all
marginalised people face -isms and -phobias that function as barriers to
their participation and prevent their inclusion in our community.Megan
Clark (former CEO of CSIRO) has pointed out that if a minority group
make up less than 10% of a community they lack the criticalmass
necessary to stand up and make demands for themselves.
We would like to propose the broadening of the Chapter’s remit to
include other minority groups that we do not currently represent
explicitly.With this would come a name change to “Equity in Astronomy”
(EiA).We intend for gender diversity to remain the main target of the
Chapter’s efforts as this is an ongoing, unresolved issue. The Pleiades
Awards will remain focussed on efforts to increase gender diversity.
However, we also intend to stand up for those members of our community
who lack representation.
The proposed Chapter aims are given below (the current aims are
available at http://asawomeninastronomy.org/about/aims/).
We are now polling the whole ASA Membership on this proposal with an
electronic survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B33QPJ6) to be
completed by Friday 12^th June.This poll is completely anonymous and we
strongly encourage everyone to provide their input.There will then be a
discussion on this proposal at the Women in Astronomy Chapter lunch
meeting at the ASA ASM.
Following the electronic poll and the face-to-face discussion, the Women
in Astronomy Chapter Steering Committee will provide a recommendation to
the ASA Council.The ASA Council will then decide whether and how to
proceed in any changes to the Chapter.
If you have any questions about the survey or the process please feel
free to email any Steering Committee member.
Sarah Brough (AAO & Chair)
Jessica Bloom (Sydney)
Alan Duffy (Swinburne)
Andrew Hopkins (AAO & ASA Council representative)
Katherine Mack (U. Melbourne)
Celine d’Orgeville (ANU)
Sarah Pearce (CSIRO)
Jill Rathborne (CSIRO)
Andrew Walsh (Curtin)
*_Proposed Equity in Astronomy Chapter Aims:_*
-The Chapter will represent women and minority groups working in
astronomy in Australia and undertake to establish best practice
guidelines around supporting the inclusion of these groups in our community.
-The Chapter will monitor the status of women and minorities working in
astronomy in Australia and recommend future actions that will improve
the environment for all astronomers.
-To improve the status of women in astronomy, the Chapter will assist to
ensure appropriate representation for women within the Australian
astronomy community, both at scientific meetings and on high-level
decision making committees.
-The Chapter will enable networking via annual Equity in Astronomy
sessions at ASA Annual Science Meetings and annual workshops held around
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