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NM Diversity Advocate and Employee Diversity Group Information Meeting

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Overview of NM Diversity Program

The DSOC and VLA will be served by at least one Diversity Advocate and an Employee Diversity Group (see full role descriptions in "Documents" below). As an overarching goal, Advocates and EDG members should:

  • actively promote the benefits of diversity
  • speak up to address issues that fail to meet NRAO's standards of inclusion
  • value the power of diverse ideas and experiences


Diversity Advocates

In brief, Diversity Advocates:

  • serve as D&I point of contact at site
  • serve as Chair of Employee Diversity Group
  • represent and champion D&I in everyday actions
  • communicate to Site Director outcomes of D&I meetings
  • work with Site Director and D&I Director to organize site activities
  • manage NRAO D&I activities at site level
  • provide information on site S&I activities for NSF reporting
  • more (see Position Description)


Employee Diversity Group (EDG) Members

In brief, EDG Members:

  • participate in NM D&I meetings
  • assist with sharing Observatory-wide D&I communications
  • serve as D&I role model
  • communicate D&I-related information to Diversity Advocate
  • be attentive to opportunities to advocate for D&I
  • complete assigned suite of training classes
  • solicit ideas from employees regarding diversity oriented events/issues relevant to site



All current NRAO employees are eligible to apply to serve in either capacity. Selection criteria can be found in the role descriptions (see below). While NRAO policy strongly supports service in this capacity, please make sure that this service is approved by your supervisor. Applications will be opened as soon as possible following the Information Meeting.



Please know that appropriate Diversity & Inclusion training will be provided, and will be a requirement of service.


Information Meeting

In order to discuss, in more depth, the Diversity Advocate and EDG program, we will hold an Information Meeting at which interested NRAO employees will:

  • learn more about the DA and EDG member roles
  • help determine the next steps for the program (applications, meeting formats and schedule, proposed ideas, etc.)


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Role Descriptions

Diversity Advocate Role Description

Employee Diversity Group Member Role Description

ODI Contacts

Office of Diversity and Inclusion
(434) 244-6896

520 Edgemont Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903-2475

Director of D&I

Broader Impacts

- Observatory-wide Lead, and ngVLA BI IPT Lead

Broadening Participation (BP)

- BP Program Manager, RADIAL+

  - BP Student Programs Manager, NAC

Ham Radio Project

- Project Lead


Antonio Hales - Program Manager

NAC Program

, Administrative Assistant

NINE Program

, Project Management Lead

Diversity Programs

Diversity Advocates and Employee Diversity Group Members