Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA)

West Virginia Space Grant Consortium (WVSGC) prioritizes efforts that create and support diverse environments and opportunities for the people who make up our community. We create an environment that welcomes, respects, and nurtures all students, staff, and faculty. We cultivate this inclusive environment by respecting and celebrating the diverse dimensions of people’s identities, particularly as those identities intersect in complex ways. We will continuously promote a culture of intellectual and personal growth for all.

WVSGC strives to make our programs accessible to all. We work via training, conversations, and other learning to stay aware of modern accessibility needs and the resulting accommodations. Please get in touch with us if you or someone you know needs access in a way, we are not aware, contact us.

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Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity

The Mission STEM Web site is designed to assist NASA grant recipients with their civil rights compliance efforts. The Agency strives to provide a broad scope to its technical assistance in this arena. NASA – MISSIONSTEM

NASA’s Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity leads diversity and civil rights policies, programs, and services – enabling the universe of available talent to contribute inclusively and equitably to NASA. Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity – NASA

To learn more about WVU policies, procedures, resources, and reporting options related to equity assurance and compliance please see: https://diversity.wvu.edu/equity-assurance

Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government

On January 20, 2021, President Joe Biden signed Executive Order 13985 on advancing racial equity and support for underserved communities.  President Biden followed this action with Executive Order 14035 on June 25, 2021.  This order addresses diversity in federal fellowships and internships, and also expands the definition of underserved communities to include those in rural areas, first generation students and professionals, veterans, and others.

We are using these Executive Orders to inform our DEI efforts and to broaden the participation in our programs.

Making Visible the Invisible- Understanding Intersectionality

The Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering advises the U.S. National Science Foundation on policies, programs, practices and activities to encourage the full participation of women, underrepresented racial/ethnic populations and persons with disabilities within all levels of the nation’s STEM enterprise.

The committee was established by the U.S. Congress through the “Science and Engineering Equal Opportunities Act” in 1980 to address the problems of growth and diversity in America’s STEM workforce. To learn more about CEOSE and view the CEOSE website, click here.

Click here to view the CEOSE report summary.

CEOSE 2021-22 Biennial Report Making Visible the Invisible – Understanding Intersectionality

STEMM Equity and Excellence 2050

STEMM Equity and Excellence 2050: A National Strategy for Progress and Prosperity outlines a vision for building a U.S. STEMM workforce that expands opportunities and reflects the diversity of our nation by 2050. SOA’s partners have made commitments aligned to one or more of the national strategy’s five pillars, foundations, or a strategic communications capstone, each of which has key goals and progress metrics.

The strategy was released on May 1, 2024 at the 2024 White House Summit on STEMM Equity and Excellence, co-hosted by SOA and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The overarching goal of the national strategy is to help 20 million people from historically excluded and marginalized communities enter, contribute to, and thrive in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medical (STEMM) fields.

To learn more about SOA, click here!

To read the Executive Summary, National Strategy, and Strategy Overview, Click here!

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High school dreams of working for NASA a real possibility

– Alan M. Didion, 2009-2015 West Virginia Space Grant Participant