"Our world is stronger when we embrace, rather than reject, our diversity, and it is imperative that we continually strive towards a community of inclusion and equity. Our society could be, and *should* be, more reflective of the threads that make up the fabric of the global community, and we must continue working to ensure that opportunity and success are fairly achievable by all.
We recoil at the painful inequalities on display over the past several weeks in the United States, and similar expressions of hatred and abuse elsewhere in the world. We must reject any notion that they reflect the ideals to which we endeavor. It is evident that people in our community are hurting, including those close to us, personally and professionally. As leaders of the AGU Planetary Sciences section, we commit ourselves to the purpose of actively leading not just our sliver of the global science community, but all who seek to attain a culture of fairness and equity. We will listen, learn, and be active allies in the fight against the pernicious effects of both explicit and implicit bias in science and society. We endorse the statement by AGU leadership recognizing the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion as it leads all our actions, and will strive to achieve the ideals it espouses."
Rosaly Lopes, President
Michael Mischna, President-Elect
David Williams, Secretary
Samuel Birch, Early-Career Representative
Ashley Schoenfeld, Student Representative
Sarah Stewart, Past President
Extraterrestrial Material Analysis Group Open Positions
The Extraterrestrial Materials Analysis Group (ExMAG, formerly CAPTEM) is seeking applications for open positions starting in April 2021. ExMAG is a community-based, interdisciplinary group providing a forum for discussion and analysis of matters concerning the collection, curation, and analysis of extraterrestrial samples, including planning future sample return missions. Applications for open positions are due March 31, 2021. Details and application instructions can be found here (PDF).