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The Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy (CSMA) is a standing committee of the American Astronomical Society. The mission of the CSMA is to enhance the participation of underrepresented minorities in astronomy at all levels of experience. Learn more about the CSMA, what we do, and how to get involved.

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Please join us at the 232nd AAS meeting in Denver, CO, June 3-7, starting this coming weekend! Here are a few sessions with CSMA support and/or participation, and diversity/inclusion meeting events of general interest.

1. CSMA booth at the "Student Reception: Orientation & Grad School Fair and Student Pavilion", Sunday June 3, 5:30 - 7 PM, Governor's Square 15. Please encourage your students (undergraduate and graduate), and junior professionals to attend and network with their peers and mentors. Feel free to join us and the AAS in advertising this on Facebook, Twitter and via direct emails to undergraduates and Junior Members, using the hashtag #AAS232

2. Special Session on Indigenous Knowledge in 21st Century Science,  Tuesday June 5, 10:40-12:10, Governor's Square 16. This session is sponsored by the CSMA and CSWA, with confirmed speakers Dr. Nancy Maryboy (Indigenous Education Institute, and University of Washington), Dr. David Begay (Indigenous Education Institute, and University of New Mexico), Dr. Isabel Hawkins (San Francisco Exploratorium), and Ka'iu Kimura ('Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i). The session will begin with taking a moment to honor Dr. Paul Coleman (University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy). Dr. Coleman was the first Native Hawaiian with a doctorate in astrophysics. He passed away at his home on January 16th, 2018.

3. Special Session on Decadal Survey Preparations: State of the Profession, Wed. June 6,  10:40-12:10, Governor's Square 10. Confirmed speakers and topics are:

Dara Norman - Session Intro and Progress on White papers from the Demographic Hack Session at Women in Astronomy IV
Aparna Venkatesan - Impact of harassment/racism on retention and health
Nancy Morrison - White Papers Emerging from Women in Astronomy IV
Lisa Hunter/Nicholas McConnell - Developing a diverse and inclusive workforce in astronomy
Kim Coble - Recommendations from Inclusive Astronomy
Alex Rudolph - The AAS Taskforce on Diversity and Inclusion in Graduate Education

Other sessions of interest:

CSWA Priorities in the 2020’s:  Monday June 4, 6 - 7:30 pm, Plaza Court 3

Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Minorities (SGMA) Meet & Greet for LGBTQIA members and students, Monday June 4, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Plaza Court 7