NASA Policy Statement on Anti Discrimination in NASA Conducted or Funded Programs, Activities and Institutions
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine issued a policy statement on September 11, 2018, reaffirming NASA's commitment to equal opportunity among the many education and research institutions nationwide that receive NASA grant funding or that participate in agency-conducted programs.
More information, including a link to the full statement, can be found on NASA's Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity blog, tagged Anti-Harassment Campaign.
Excerpt from the statement: "At the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), we are committed to achieving our missions and realizing our vision to discover and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity. To accomplish our missions and vision, we invest in programs and activities involving non-Federal institutions. As authorized by Federal laws and NASA civil rights regulations and policies, we are also fully committed to helping these partner organizations - that participate in NASA-conducted programs or receive funding from NASA - adhere to all applicable civil rights authorities, and refrain from discrimination on the bases of race, color, and national origin, sex (including sexual harassment), disability, and age."
NASA Science Mission Directorate Statement on Anti-Harassment
On September 12, 2018, Thomas H. Zurbuchen, Ph.D., Associate Administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate issued a letter to colleagues. You can find the full letter here.
Excerpt from Zurbuchen's letter: "I am writing concerning an issue that I am relentlessly passionate about: building effective and innovative teams that achieve amazing results for NASA Science. To achieve excellence, we need focus and commitment from the best and brightest of all backgrounds. This goes hand-in-hand with my strong belief in the value and imperative of diversity and inclusion. As the Associate Administrator for Science and as an educator, husband, father and friend, I have personally experienced the value of diversity in my life. On the flip side, I have supported many individuals who have been hurt by harassment, and I have seen the devastating consequences it has had on them and on our community."
Compliance Requirements for NASA Grantees
NASA has certain baseline civil rights requirements for recipients of our grant awards and other forms of Federal financial assistance. Among the most important of these requirements is an assurance by the grantee institution, prior to award, that it is in compliance with all Federal civil rights laws. The Assurances provision in our regulations under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is an example of this requirement. A signed Assurance of Compliance form (also known as NASA Form 2021) is required of all NASA grantees. The form provides valuable information on specific requirements under the four civil rights laws NASA administers. Read more on the NASA MissionSTEM Compliance Requirements for NASA Grantees page.