How We Foster Diversity and Inclusion

At the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), we value and rely on contributions from a diverse workforce and community. We respect and celebrate the attributes, identities, beliefs, expertise, and perspectives that make each individual uniquely who they are, and believe that these differences enable excellence and promote our collective success. Diversity and inclusion are interrelated and deeply intertwined, which is why success in either requires a commitment to both. For these reasons, staff at the institute are focused on strategies that contribute to both diversity and inclusion.

Diversity: the inclusion of different types of people (such as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization.

A diverse workforce is made up of individuals with a wide range of characteristics and experiences. This includes age; ethnicity; gender; gender identity; language differences; marital status; nationality; occupation; parental status; physical abilities; neurodiversity; race; religion; sexual orientation; skin color; socio-economic status; work and behavioral styles; the perspectives of each individual shaped by their nation, experiences, and culture—and more. Each person is unique, whether they appear so or not.

Inclusion: the act or practice of including and accommodating people who have historically been excluded (due to their race, gender, sexuality, or ability)

Our focus on inclusion puts the concept and practice of diversity into action by creating an environment of involvement, respect, and connection—where the richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives are harnessed to create value. Inclusion recognizes that we are “one” even though we are not the same, that all people are born “in.”

Explore Our Resources

Explore a few of the resources we rely on to take actions to make our aspirations for a truly representative workforce a reality.

Messier Galaxy


CLASH Galaxy Cluster


Pismis 24 and NGC6357


Sword of Orion


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