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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee
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Function: to work to make sure that the IPS fully benefits from the talents of all our members, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual identity, or disability. We will propose practices to make public programming in our planetariums as welcoming and as accessible as possible to the diverse communities we all serve. We are committed to:

  • Being the first point of contact for the concerns of IPS members and planetarium community regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion and will help to find the best course of action to resolve reported issues.
  • Addressing grievances pertaining to the IPS Code of Conduct.
  • Vetting IPS Conference host site bidders for potential issues on equity, diversity, and inclusion, and reporting that information to the IPS Board.
  • Working with selected conference sites to ensure that events reflect the diversity of the IPS and enable the full participation of all members, including potentially marginalized members.

We aim to work towards Inclusive Excellence in all that we strive to do. We define “Inclusive Excellence” as the commitment to “respect and embrace equity, diversity, and inclusion in people, ideas, and opinions.” With our Inclusive Excellence Plan, we aim to recruit, support, and retain a diverse population of active and engaged IPS members, affiliates, and leaders, and to create and maintain a culture and climate where all are welcome and everyone feels valued within the professional community. 

We want every IPS member to be an active participant in this commitment to strengthen our communities as we work hard to learn and grow together.

Watch a presentation on the IPS EDI Committee here.

Racial Justice in the IPS

IE Plan

Goal 1: Culture & Climate of Inclusion

We strive to develop a culture and climate within the IPS, and throughout its activities, where all community members experience a sense of belonging and engagement - a place where each individual’s professional well-being and contributions are valued and supported through respectful, authentic, and positive interactions with other members. 

Goal 2: Inclusive Policies & Systems

We will evaluate, revise, and communicate changes in organizational policies that will facilitate and address reports of bias and discrimination, improve clarity, provide transparency, promote fairness, and enhance accountability in organizational processes. 

Goal 3: Inclusive Conferences & Events

We will work with event planners to ensure events and programming reflect the IPS Inclusive Excellence goals and statements and to enable full participation of all members.

Goal 4: Recruitment & Retention for an Inclusive Organization

We will create an atmosphere that will lead to the recruitment and retention of a more diverse and culturally representative IPS at all levels from membership to leadership.

Goal 5: Professional Development for Inclusive Excellence

We will provide the resources, opportunities, and tools that increase awareness of and foster commitment to the principles and values of Inclusive Excellence.

Join Us

Email us at edi@ips-planetarium.org if you are interested and available to be an active member of this committee. In your email, please let us know a little bit about yourself, your background, why you are interested in this work, and let us know if there is any goal from the five that speaks to you in particular, or that you would like to specifically be engaged with.

Dayna & Dani, Chairs

Chairs

Danielle LeBlanc (on right)
Director, Charles Hayden Planetarium
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Dayna Thompson (on left)
Director, Brown Planetarium
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers or They/Them/Theirs
email Dani & Dayna

Members

Andy Kreyche

Anna Green

Annette Sawyer

Björn Voss

Charles Morrow

Dan Tell

Eric Edelman

Guilherme Marranghello

Heather Fairweather

Joanne Young

Keith Davis

Mark Watson

Markus Steblei

Michael McConville

Mike Smail

Nandivada Rathnasree

Nina Cameron

Noreen Grice

Paulette Epstein

Ryan Wyatt

Sarah Twidal

Shannon Schmoll

Shaaron Leverment

Tiffany Stone Wolbrecht

Toshi Komatsu

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