SSERVI STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY
Inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) are core values of NASA SSERVI. In support of the societal awakening with respect to major issues of racial discrimination, we believe differences should be celebrated. SSERVI is dedicated to providing an equal-opportunity experience for members and participants regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, religion, or other protected status. We make every attempt to accommodate all people, make everyone feel comfortable participating, and do whatever we can to enable people to participate fully– providing special accommodations for those in different geographical locations, those with physical disabilities, women and new mothers, or those most comfortable using gender neutral restrooms.
We expect the members of the SSERVI community to treat one another with respect and to acknowledge that everyone can make a valuable contribution. We may not always agree, but the space and conversation must always have openness to positions that may not be aligned or in agreement. Frustration cannot turn into personal attack. It’s important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one, and that meeting conduct and ground rules are anchored in the SSERVI values we have all committed to uphold. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that we create a safe, creative, productive and welcoming space that can hold us in all of our diversity.
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