CEDAR email: Request for Participation in a Study on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Competed Space Missions

Astrid Maute maute at ucar.edu
Thu Aug 5 11:06:15 MDT 2021

>From Alison Jaynes

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has
contracted with NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC) to implement an
important research study to understand the factors that impede or
facilitate diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the proposed
leadership for competed space missions at the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA). The results of this study will inform
practical recommendations for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA and
its partners to reduce impediments to applicants and thereby enhance
diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the competitive pool of
proposed leaders.

*We are looking for potential key informants,* *who have served as
Principal Investigator (PI) on at least one proposal for a competed space
mission from 2010 to the present*, who would be willing to participate in a
discussion around the processes for preparing and submitting a mission
proposal to NASA, and elements of the mission proposal process that may
present barriers or are facilitators for achieving diversity, equity,
inclusion, and accessibility. *We are interested in speaking to an array of
individuals, who can provide diverse perspectives based on their
race/ethnicity, gender identity, career stage, success of applications to
NASA, and other factors.   *

Participation in this study will comprise a 45–60-minute virtual discussion
with an interviewer from NORC. *Your participation in the study will NOT be
made known to NASA or NASEM, and NO staff outside of the NORC Study Team **will
know your identity or be involved in the discussion itself.* All interview
responses will be kept confidential and stored separately from your contact
information, and NORC will not share your contact information or interview
responses with anyone outside our study team.

If you are interested in participating in the study, please complete this
short *Study Eligibility Survey *by* August 20, 2021*:
https://norc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dnCQsdxJUtl5W4u OR reply to
sawyer-heather at norc.org. The NORC study team will contact you within a few
weeks to schedule an interview if you are eligible to participate.

We would also appreciate you forwarding this email invitation to your
colleagues or friends who may be interested in the study as well.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you,

The NORC Study Team
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