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Fostering Inclusivity: Reflecting on the Mindful Scholar Event

On March 28, 2023, AstroNoir and the UCL Earth Sciences Ethnic Diversity Network joined forces to host the highly successful Mindful Scholar Event. This thought-provoking gathering brought together a diverse group of 8 individuals from various backgrounds, including students, professors, and industrial professionals.

During the event, we explored the importance of mental health, well-being in academia, and the significance of representation within the scientific community. Building on this success, we are delighted to announce an ongoing collaboration between AstroNoir and the UCL Earth Sciences Ethnic Diversity Network, with a series of inclusive events planned throughout the year.

Reflecting on the Mindful Scholar Event

The Mindful Scholar Event reaffirmed our shared commitment to fostering inclusivity and embracing diversity within the STEAM community. We prioritized creating a safe and inclusive space by respecting participants' privacy, and therefore, no photography was conducted. Participants engaged in enlightening discussions, sharing their experiences, challenges, and ideas for promoting a more supportive and equitable environment. The event highlighted the need for greater representation and recognition of diverse voices across scientific disciplines.

Embracing Collaboration for Change

In light of the Mindful Scholar Event's success, AstroNoir and the UCL Earth Sciences Ethnic Diversity Network are excited to announce an ongoing collaboration. Together, we will organize a series of inclusive events throughout the year, providing opportunities for meaningful conversations, networking, and knowledge sharing. By combining our efforts, we aim to effect positive change within the scientific community and create an environment that celebrates and amplifies diverse perspectives.

Looking Ahead

Save the Date! We invite you to mark your calendars for the next event in our collaborative series, which will take place on June 9, 2023. This upcoming gathering promises to build upon the impactful discussions and connections made during the Mindful Scholar Event. It will provide an inclusive space for participants to further explore topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusivity within academia and the scientific field.

Join Our Inclusive Community

AstroNoir and the UCL Earth Sciences Ethnic Diversity Network extend an invitation to scientists, researchers, students, and professionals from all backgrounds to join our vibrant and inclusive communities.

True progress is achieved through the collective effort of individuals with diverse perspectives and experiences - by embracing collaboration, we can foster innovative ideas, encourage inclusivity, and drive positive change within the scientific landscape.

Stay Updated on Our Collaborative Endeavors

AstroNoir will continue to provide regular updates on our website and social media platforms, including Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Be sure to follow us to stay informed about our upcoming events, conferences, networking evenings, and round-table discussions.

Together, we can work towards cultivating a scientific community that values and celebrates the richness of diversity.

Final remarks

The Mindful Scholar Event served as a catalyst for AstroNoir and the UCL Earth Sciences Ethnic Diversity Network to join forces in fostering inclusivity and promoting diversity within the scientific community.

Through ongoing collaboration and a series of planned events, we aspire to create a safe, inclusive, and empowering environment for all.

Join us on this exciting journey as we strive to amplify diverse voices, inspire change, and build a brighter future for scientific inclusivity.


In addition, don't forget to check out the recently released issue of AstroNoir magazine, packed with captivating STEAM content, and stay tuned for the upcoming July edition, promising more inspiring articles and insights.

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