Montage of diverse AURA employees

NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NSF’s OIR Lab) is a leader in the astronomical community. It develops and supports programs that demonstrate our organizational commitment to diversity, broadens participation and encourages diversity and inclusion throughout the astronomical scientific workforce.

NSF’s OIR Lab is committed to the people who support our mission to advance astronomy and related sciences. We work to develop and improve our policies and practices to create a welcoming and productive work environment. NSF’s OIR Lab believes that a diverse and inclusive workforce; particularly one that includes individuals from historically underrepresented groups, contributes to excellence both in our organization and in the scientific community as a whole.

We find, corroborated by research, that with more diversity in our staff’s styles, characteristics, backgrounds, and abilities, our potential for success is greatly increased.