Diversity A Focus At American Astronautical Society Symposium Written 19 March 2018

Aerospace America reported on the American Astronautical Society’s Goddard Memorial Symposium in Maryland, which discussed in part how the aerospace industry and aerospace-focused collegiate departments in the US can “welcome more women and minorities into their ranks.” During the symposium session “Developing Tomorrow’s Workforce,” participants discussed hurdles they sometimes faced “entering not just the technology workforce but any workforce,” including discrimination, sexual harassment, and more subtle suggestions that alternative career paths might be better suited to the candidate. The discussion included some corrective actions such as ensuring mentors are available to champion prospective candidates and putting those already in the industry in touch with students to encourage them to pursue their passions and to offer them role models.
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