All of us in NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory take very seriously our roles as members of our local and regional communities and as contributors to the general astronomical and educational effort. We are committed to authentic and respectful community engagement, including our community neighbors alongside our users, stakeholders, and advocates in the astronomy research system. In our community engagement efforts we aim to be active and effective partners, as well as authentic collaborators, engaging fully with our local and regional communities and with the broader astronomy research, communications, and education ecosystems.
Our observatories, and the worldwide astronomical community, are honored to have the opportunity to conduct astronomical research on Iolkam Du’ag (Kitt Peak) in Arizona, on Maunakea in Hawai’i, and on Cerro Tololo and Cerro Pachón in Chile. We recognize and acknowledge the very significant cultural role and reverence that these sites have to the Tohono O’odham Nation, to the indigenous Hawaiian community and to the local Communities in Chile. We pledge to protect these special sites and to treat them with respect. In order to do this, we will collaborate with integrity with our community partners to advance our shared goals and projects.