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Outreach Supporting Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at NASA/Conversation with Dr. Douglas Terrier.

Updated: Feb 8, 2023

This month is Black History Month. And March is Women's History Month. These months will allow everyone to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture and the contribution of women in our nation and the world. I thought it was appropriate to highlight the issue of diversity, equity, and inclusion and an organization in our nation striving to address diversity, equity, and inclusion.

In 2021, NASA launched the goal of addressing equity through a comprehensive effort assessing the expansion and modification of agency programs, procurements, grants, and policies. This initiative attempts to examine what potential barriers and challenges exist for historically underrepresented and underserved communities.

I was honored and privileged to discuss NASA's outreach programs supporting diversity, equity, & inclusion and the next steps for NASA in 2023 with Dr. Douglas Terrier.

Dr. Douglas Terrier is the associate Director for Vision and Strategy at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Before being named associate Director, Dr. Terrier was NASA's Chief Technologist serving as the principal advisor to the NASA administrator on technology policy and investment strategy and advocating for technology with Congress, the White House, industry, academia, and other federal agencies.

Dr. Terrier is also responsible for leading the strategy, creation, integration, and overall execution of JSC's ongoing transformation initiatives revolutionizing the center's policies, plans, and processes around workforce, facilities, and products to advance human spaceflight.

Dr. Terrier's tireless efforts are helping NASA address and support diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Recently, Director Vanessa Wyche of the Johnson Space Center Home | NASA - NASA, announced that NASA is "awarding $11.7 million to eight Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through the new Data Science Equity, Access, and Priority in Research and Education opportunity." Director Vanessa Wyche said in her LinkedIn post that these awards "will enable HBCU students and faculty to conduct innovative data science research that contributes to NASA's missions."

This investment by NASA is welcome news to the BIPOC, UNDERSERVED, AND UNDERREPRESENTED COMMUNITIES in our nation.

Last year, President Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act, and Congress Urged to Meet Budget Targets in CHIPS and Science Act | American Institute of Physics (, into law. This Act is a real investment in the American people. We need to consider how our community can be part of this investment by encouraging our people and girls to pursue STEM/STEAM degrees and careers in the STEM/STEAM fields.

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