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ODI Team

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI) at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) operates a number of programs designed to increase equitable access to STEM education and careers, especially in those fields that support the operation of a National Science Foundation-funded national observatory.  We do this work by creating and facilitating student research and education opportunities, engaging in national and international dialogue on equity and education, and facilitating opportunities to broaden the impact of our work to the local, national, and international communities.

Jesse is helping BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ Youth " remember" and reclaim their connections with space-time through hands-on amateur radio experiences.





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Jesse Alexander Ham Radio Project Lead

Jennifer Bates is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked in the behavioral health field for over ten years. She joined NRAO after serving as The Director of Training and DEI for a large community based mental Health Services Agency In central Virginia. Jennifer is a Broadening Participation Program Manager and is the Project Lead for Project RADIAL.

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Jennifer Bates RADIAL Lead

Valarie has over twenty years of experience educating people of all ages. In her role as Superknova program manager, she can ensure that quality, culturally responsive/inclusive educational resources are available at no cost.



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Valarie Bogan Superknova/Curricula Lead

Anja leads broader impacts activities across the NRAO to ensure that we are a diverse and inclusive Observatory. Anja is also project lead for NINE, the Sloan Foundation Creating Equitable Pathways to STEM program, and SpectrumX; and leads broadening participation efforts for the Next Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA).

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Anja Fourie Broader Impacts Lead

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Danielle Rowland ODI Student Programs Lead

In her role as Director of D&I at NRAO, Lyndele is focused on supporting a truly welcoming and inclusive climate at the Observatory and on removing barriers to equitable access to STEM by students from marginalized and excluded communities.

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Lyndele von Schill (she/her) Director of Diversity & Inclusion

Jamie is a senior eLearning specialist with over 16 years of experience implementing and managing blended eLearning training for a variety of large organizations in the training, education, and healthcare industries.

For the past year, Jamie has developed elearning to support AUI's partners at the NSF, NRAO,  Superknova, and InfraGard. He also manages our Learning Management Systems and several of our websites.

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Jamie Howard Senior elearning Specialist