Committees

Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy

About

The Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy (CSMA) is a standing committee of the American Astronomical Society. The mission of the CSMA is to enhance the participation of underrepresented minorities in astronomy at all levels of experience.

Mission: 

To enhance the participation of underrepresented minorities in Astronomy and Astrophysics at all levels of experience.

Goals:

  • To provide an overview of the status of minorities in Astronomy, including identifying areas of concerns and opportunities. To advise the AAS about these and formulate policies for the society to consider. To establish and maintain a statistical base on the participation of minorities in Astronomy over time.
  • To act as a facilitator in the communication between minorities themselves, and the programs and jobs which might interest them. This includes putting students in contact with more advanced students or professionals, fostering "mentoring," and "networking" in aid of moving people into programs or jobs.
  • To act as a central contact point to other societies or institutions with a useful relation to the mission.

Methods: 

The AAS will supply the CSMA with the resources needed to compile and maintain its informational databases. The CSMA will maintain and update a website (as part of the AAS website), which will make available to the community at large all appropriate information. It will be constructed to facilitate communication between those offering assistance, advice, education or employment, and those seeking it. The committee will actively publicize its efforts in appropriate forums to maximize the number of participants in its activities. The CSM will meet regularly, electronically or in person, to monitor its success and create new policies or activities. It will remain aware of other efforts germane to its mission, and make use of them (and avoid duplication) whenever possible.

History: 

An ad-hoc committee was established by Frank Shu. A full Committee was established January 1997 for an initial period of four years. Formal operation began at the end of the Society's Business Meeting 11 June 1997.

Chair: 

Appointed by the Board of Trustees

Members: 

Appointed by the Board of Trustees

Term: 

Members serve three-year terms, June to June. Members and Chairs may be re-appointed.

Charge: 

To enhance the participation of under-represented minorities in Astronomy and Astrophysics at all levels of experience.

Board of Trustees Liaison

Louis-Gregory Strolger

Space Telescope Science Institute
Board Liaison

Term: Aug 2023 – Jun 2024

Adam J. Burgasser (He/Him/His)

University of California, San Diego
Board Liaison

Term: Jan 2023 – Jun 2025

Committee Co-Chairs

Nicole Cabrera Salazar (She/They)

Movement Consulting
Co-Chair

Term: Aug 2018 – Jun 2024

Laura A. Lopez (She/Her/hers)

The Ohio State University
Co-Chair

Term: Jan 2022 – Jan 2025

Committee Members

Samaiyah Farid (She/Her/hers)

UCAR-HAO

Term: Jun 2018 – Jun 2024

Graduate Student Cohort

Christopher S. Moore (He/Him/His)

Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian

Term: Jun 2018 – Jun 2024

Raquel A. Martinez (She/Her/hers)

University of California, Irvine

Term: Jan 2024 – Jan 2027

Maurice Wilson (He/Him/His)

NCAR High Altitude Observatory (HAO)

Term: Jan 2024 – Jan 2027

Caprice L. Phillips

The Ohio State University

Term: Jan 2024 – Jan 2027

Jose S. Monzon (He/Him/His)

Yale University

Term: Jan 2024 – Jan 2027

Ramisa Akther Rahman (She/They)

The College of William & Mary

Term: Jan 2024 – Jan 2027

Audra K. Hernandez

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Term: Jun 2022 – Jun 2025

Carlos J. Vargas (He/Him/His)

University of Arizona

Term: Jun 2022 – Jun 2025

KeShawn Ivory (He/They)

Vanderbilt University

Term: Jun 2022 – Jun 2025

Ashley L. Walker (She/They)

Howard University

Term: Jun 2022 – Jun 2025