As a publicly funded scientist, I strongly believe I owe a debt to my community. My outreach is one of several ways I like to pay it back, in addition to spreading my love of science! Within my outreach, I especially advocate for people with disabilities and fight for complete, intersectional inclusion in astronomy.
I assert that science is for everyone.
Developing best practices guides on accessibility for the American Astronomical Society
Pursuing a non-profit program for disabled K-8 students interested in STEM
Providing teaching support for math teachers in at-risk elementary schools in Fairfax County, Virginia
Developing LaTeX templates for accessible conference presentations
Developing a YouTube channel on astronomy for kids
Conducting astronomy presentations at local schools
Serving on the Coordinating Committee of the American Astronomical Society's Working Group on Accessibility and Disability
I formulated and presented the initial, mid, and long term goals for the working group for disability justice and accessibility at the 2015 AAS Diversity Summit meeting in Washington, DC. I have conducted over 100 hours of outreach presentations at local elementary and middle schools, including teaching semester long classes to local at-risk schools. I also founded the first bi-monthly youth outreach program in astronomy at Van Vleck Observatory, and taught an astronomy class to elementary school students at the Lutz Museum in Connecticut.