Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Capra EDI Team

Why Are We Doing This?

Last year, less than 5% of Capra speakers were women. With help from the Capra community, the first ever Capra Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) team hopes to improve on this participation number. Our mission is to create a welcoming and diverse research community for everyone.

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Statement of Inclusion

Capra meetings are open to all researchers regardless of gender, age, race, disability, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, civil status, or family status. 

We urge all those with an interest in research on self-force and extreme mass-ratio inspirals to register for this meeting and submit an abstract for a presentation. Past and current attendees should encourage a broad spectrum of their colleagues to apply, especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups (such as Black and Indigenous People, People of Color, People from Ethnic Minority groups and Women). 

Roles of the Capra EDI Team and Who We Are

Meet the Team:

Co-Chairs: Anna Heffernan, Leanne Durkan

Team Members: Andrea Antonelli, Lydia Gomes Da Silva, Seth Hopper, Philip Lynch, Zachary Nasipak, Jonathan Thompson, Jonathan Thornburg, Aaron Zimmerman.

Duties of the Capra EDI Team:

  1. Identify barriers for attendees and find ways to overcome them.
  2. Adopt a statement of inclusion, statement of purpose, code of conduct and accessibility checklist, which will be made easily accessible to attendees.
  3. Organize an EDI session and discussion at Capra and update the community on the team’s activities.
  4. Provide resources to participants on how to pursue EDI at their home institutions.
  5. Encourage ideas from participants as to how we can increase diversity at Capra.
  6. Be a clear point of contact to voice feedback or raise issues.
  7. Liaise with the Capra organizing committee.
  8. Monitor feedback and suggestions via the contacts listed below.
  9. Elect new co-chairs at least biannually.
  10. Provide a report on the EDI team’s activities and future suggestions.

Future Projects

The Capra EDI team is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and believe that inclusion statements alone are not enough. In addition to advertising Capra widely, below are a list of additional projects that we hope to pursue in order to ensure equal opportunities at Capra:

  1. Design a demographic survey for attendees to investigate why participants did not sign up to give a talk if they chose not to do so.
  2. Begin tracking Capra participant statistics: ethnicity, gender.
  3. Mapping Capra: create a map showing where all our participants are from.  This will demonstrate our diversity.
  4. Secure funding for those who need financial assistance to attend Capra meetings.
  5. Launch a mentorship program.
  6. Organize a mid-year EDI campaign.

Ideas for Participants

As attendees at this conference, here are 5 recommendations to encourage EDI implementation at your home institute:

  1. Encourage Black and Indigenous People, People of Color, People from Ethnic Minority groups and Female colleagues to register.
  2. Engage with undergraduate students and outreach activities at your home institutions or local area or start your own.
  3. Get in touch with other research groups to learn what they are doing to pursue EDI.
  4. Provide feedback to the Capra EDI team. 
  5. Read your home institution’s policies.

Feedback and Points of Contact

If you have any feedback or suggestions as to how we can ensure a successful and inclusive Capra meeting, how we can do more to provide equal opportunities, or if you have experienced any issues, please do not hesitate to get in touch. 

List of Contacts:

Capra EDI Team contact:

[email protected]

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