The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) is a large collaborative astronomical survey, run by representatives from dozens of institutions and used by thousands of astronomers throughout the world. In 2015, the leadership of SDSS called for the creation of a Committee On Inclusion iN SDSS (COINS). I served on COINS for three years, including two years as co-chair.
During my time on COINS, we worked with collaboration membership and leadership on projects to foster a more inclusive environment. This included hosting new member orientations and lunch discussions at SDSS collaboration meetings, surveying the demographics of SDSS, producing documentation of inclusive practices, and instituting guidelines for accessible conferences.
Another component of SDSS inclusion is the Faculty and Student Teams (FAST) program. The program incorporates teams consisting of a faculty member and their students who are at Minority Serving Institutions into the collaboration, including data access and pairing with experienced collaboration mentors. I served as mentors to two FAST teams while I worked with COINS.
The FAST Initiative: Fostering a More Inclusive SDSS CollaborationIn American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts #229 2017
The Formation of COINS: Equity and Inclusion in SDSSIn American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts #229 2017