North Carolina Space Grant champions the values of diversity, equity and inclusion. In order to expand, innovate and maximize our program’s effectiveness, we recognize we must embed these values in our organizational expectations and daily operations.
In addition, as North Carolina’s population continues to grow and diversify, our program’s relevance in the state increasingly will rely on how well we embody diversity, equity and inclusion.
We also recognize that societal barriers and challenges mean that we must initiate intentional measures if we hope to fully realize diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of our programmatic portfolio.
Our program will continue to strive for diversity, equity and inclusion by:
- proactively recruiting, retaining and preparing a diverse workforce that reflects diversity across all levels of our organizational structure;
- engaging and serving communities and stakeholders that are representative of the broader populations where our programs operate;
- creating and facilitating learning and research opportunities that a) equitably fund under-targeted and underserved universities, faculty and students, and b) foster learning and research with real-world outcomes that benefit underserved communities.
We value diversity, equity and inclusion in many forms:
Our program celebrates people of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, citizenship types, marital statuses, education levels, job classifications, veteran status types, income and socioeconomic status types. We remain committed to increasing the diversity of our grantees, our program’s workforce and the workforce of the communities we serve. Additionally, we recognize our responsibility to increase the training and development of workforces in under-represented communities.
Our program remains committed to equal opportunity for people of all backgrounds and abilities. We welcome participation and leadership from all people from all communities, including those that have been traditionally underserved or under-resourced. We challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination, and we strive to build awareness and capacities that foster equitable outcomes.
Our program is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication, and education programs by and for people of all backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives, and ways of thinking and learning. We strive to cultivate belonging, co-creation, and active participation among our team, partners, and communities. We believe in a flexible and adaptive approach to funding that can bring a diverse set of voices and experiences to the table. Accordingly, we recognize our unique position and responsibility to strengthen the STEAM pipeline to college and professional life for students of all backgrounds and abilities.
We expect that implementing a vision for diversity, equity and inclusion in these and other ways will be an ongoing and evolving process, one which our program will support and prioritize.
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