The recent changes and rapid evolution of the Space Industry demands a fresh look at current workforce practices. We need diversity in our workforce to build a sustainable and representative space future. As we move forward into the Space Frontier, we believe it is our responsibility to create a future that is representative of the richness and diversity of planet Earth.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a term to describe the policies and practices that promote the representation and participation of different groups of individuals, including people of different ages, races and ethnicities, abilities and disabilities, genders, religions, cultures, and sexual orientations. Each word in this term has a distinctive definition. Diversity is about representation and an equal mix of identities within a group. Equity is providing equal access to resources, while providing additional support where needed for groups of individuals historically barred from equal access through implicit and explicit practices and laws. Inclusion is the act of building and maintaining a strong sense of belonging by actively inviting and valuing authentic contributions – fully empowering the participation of all people within a group.
Each term is an important aspect of creating a new normal within space industry workplaces that ultimately lead to better practices, products, and services that benefit the most people.