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Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) ensures that the NRAO’s ideals of equitable access for all are put into practice. ODI provides support so that underrepresented students, professionals, and staff in astronomy have equitable access to educational and professional experiences.  ODI’s equity work reaches grade school students, college and graduate students, career professionals, and institutions through their Broader Impact programs, and through NRAO workplace training and policies.

NRAO Diversity & Inclusion Statement

At NRAO, we believe that a diverse staff is critical for our mission to enable world-class science with cutting edge radio facilities for the scientific community, to train the next generation of scientists and engineers, and to foster a scientifically literate society.   We are committed to a diverse and inclusive work place culture that appreciates all individuals across all identities, including race, gender, gender identity/expression, age, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religious affiliation, or national origin and culture.

This commitment to diversity and inclusion extends to all NRAO interactions with the broader community.

NRAO’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion has its own dedicated staff, and partners with numerous other departments and agencies to create more opportunities for current and future astronomers, scientists, and staff. ODI is always looking for more like-minded partners and collaborators. Please contact the ODI office ( you are interested in partnering with ODI.

ODI works with a wide population of staff and institutions as they coordinate Broader Impact programs and provide support for the NRAO Employee Diversity Group.

Employee Support

We offer online courses, collaborate on developing policy, and provide guidance on building an equitable workplace.

Broadening Participation Programs:


The goal of the National Astronomy Consortium (NAC) is to increase the number of students, often under-served by the traditional academic pipeline, in STEM and STEM careers by placing them in a cooperative, diverse team over the summer and beyond.

NAC is a competitive program for undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens and/or permanent residents, and are enrolled in an accredited U.S. undergraduate program, including community college programs. Any college student from first to final year can apply, but students in their 2nd or 3rd year will likely be the most prepared, and benefit the most from the experience.

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The goal for the NINE program is to form satellite NINE “Hubs” where underrepresented individuals have access to radio astronomy related resources and networks. Institutions send future hub coordinators to complete an intensive training program in using radio astronomy-related software and hardware. Hub coordinators then return to their home institution in order to create the NINE hub to disseminate these skills and resources. The NINE Hubs form a network of mutual support and cooperation in order to more effectively include underrepresented groups of learners.

For more information, please visit the NINE page here.


The Radio Astronomy Data Imaging and Analysis Lab (RADIAL) is an intentional partnership between NRAO, 14 minority-serving institutions (MSIs) of higher education, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M) Center for High-Throughput Computing (CHTC) to establish a virtual institute (‘RADIAL’) for data-intensive research in radio astronomy.

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The Ham Radio Project

Exploring the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS)
The Ham Radio Project, funded by Amateur Radio Digital Communications, is a 2-year learning opportunity that will educate young adults about the electromagnetic spectrum while sharing the excitement of amateur (ham) radio among BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students.

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Chile REU Program

Antonio Hales– ALMA, Program Manager 

ODI Staff

  • Jesse Alexander – Ham Radio Project Lead –
  • Jennifer Bates – Broadening Participation Program Manager, RADIAL –
  • Valarie Bogan – Curriculum Specialist, Superknova –
  • JJ Burns– NAC Administrative Assistant
  • Anja Fourie, Broader Impacts, Observatory-wide Lead, and ngVLA BI IPT Lead
  • Issi Marsh– ODI Administrative Assistant
  • Danielle Rowland – Broadening Participation Student Programs Manager –
  • Lyndele von Schill — ODI Director
  • Jamie Howard — Superknova —

NRAO Employee Diversity Group

More about the Employee Diversity Group can be found here.