Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice and Accessibility (DEIJA)
North Carolina Space Grant champions the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and accessibility (DEIJA). 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 DEIJA in all aspects of our programmatic portfolio.
Our program will continue to strive for DEIJA 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 DEIJA 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.
Our programs recognizes historical inquiries in the distribution of wealth, opportunities, privileges, and resources (natural) within society. We acknowledge equal rights, opportunities, and treatment as core values as pertains to education and the workforce access in our programs.
NASA is committed to making information and educational opportunities accessible to everyone. By fostering an atmosphere of inclusion and respect for all, we can continue to value and appreciate the strengths afforded by both the commonalities and differences between us, not only our inherent differences but also in the styles, ideas, and organizational contributions of each person. This in turn will drive innovation, creativity and employee engagement.
We expect that implementing a vision for DEIJA in these and other ways will be an ongoing and evolving process, one which our program will support and prioritize.
Recent fellows and grantees in the news:
- NC Space Grant supports NC A&T students for NASA Kennedy internship
- STEM Bridge Scholarship introduces MSI students to NASA
- Two students at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) selected for new MSI Bridge Scholarship
NC Space Grant encourages all applicants and awardees to review the White House’s Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.