OUTREACH & INCLUSION
MAKING STEM FIELDS LGBTQIA+ INCLUSIVE
I am currently a member of the American Astronomical Society's Committee on the Status of Sexual-orientation and Gender Minorities in Astronomy (SGMA) and the National Organization of Gay & Lesbian Technical Professional's Postdoc Committee. I also regularly give presentations to physics and astronomy departments on how to make their programs LGBTQIA+ inclusive and have written extensively about my experiences as a queer and trans scientist.
Selected writings and presentations:
Rather than hosting public astronomy nights at academic or educational institutions, Popscope instead takes telescopes to public events and spaces and draws in people passing by. This allows us to reach communities that would not otherwise be engaged. Current research indicates that many informal science education efforts are not inclusive of low-income and minority ethnic groups due to expectations of previous scientific knowledge and barriers due to language, geography, and finances. One of the goals of Popscope is to reach communities that are underrepresented in STEM fields and unengaged by most science outreach efforts by using a fundamentally different model of public outreach.